960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive. Tier 1 NAND Flash storage with 7% Over Provisioned Redundancy. Mac and PC compatible. Built in the USA. 3 Year OWC Limited Warranty.
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Rating Breakdown142 reviews
135 out of 135(100%)reviewers would recommend this product.
Replaced original drive in a 2007 iMac with this SSD. Required an inexpensive adapter (3.5" to 2.5"), and some adjustment to match the short hookup cables in the iMac. Cloned the old drive onto the new, and the increased speed was eyewatering! Highly recommend to get a few more years out of the oldies but goodies. Fine product at a great price. One month in, happy so far.
My old mac mini struggled to open Yosemite so I had OWC install the OS on a 120GB SSD. Wow, what a positive performance difference. I would recommend that you contact OWC before placing an order to receive their advice on the size SSD you should order based on your requirements.
The SSD boost my mac performance, it makes everything smooth.
PostedMarch 20, 2015
Even though a lot of troubles happened during the installation of OSX Yosemite, finally after successfully installed on the SSD, I am very satisfied with the performance. It drastically increase the boot time, and make launching and using apps faster.
However, there are a few things frustrate me during the installation. 1. A screw driver is required to replace current HDD to SSD. And that is a special screw(I think call hex key or what...), the usual screw driver can't fit. Since I have no idea(experience) about this, I have to order the screw driver from local store when I receive the SSD. 2. The office installation DVD purchased from Apple store can't detect the SSD(at least in my case). This made me think the SSD is broken at first and almost start proceeding the replacement process. Luckily I try to create a USB installer in the last minutes and using it, SSD can be detected during installation. 3. The OSX Yosemite usb installer caused problem during installation. After "About a second remaining", it waits for some minutes and showing "About 0 seconds remaining" and subsequently shows error message. I searched internet and try all the methods found, but no one succeed. 4. After several hours keep repeating and installation, I eventually give up and use my windows pc to make a OSX 10.6.8 USB installer. And this installer works great, all the installation finished quickly. After that, upgrading to OSX 10.10 is also just easy and smooth.
The company that installed this SSD into my iMac 2006 model and was quoted by a computer installer as saying it turned on to main screen "insanely fast". Still upgrading so as to keep this computer humming along but I know that sooner or later I will have to upgrade. Very very happy with the SSD. Totally recommend installing this in any computer.
My MacBook had gotten to the point where it was taking almost two minutes to boot up. Programs like Skype, for example, were taking 90 seconds to load. After upgrading the RAM along with installing the Mercury SSD, it now boots in 12 seconds and Skype loads in 4 seconds. Processes in general are much much faster. I am not an experienced computer technician--replacing the RAM and hard drive was straightforward and easy following OWC's directions. My 8 year old MacBook is now a very fast machine, and going this route easily saved me $1000 or more by extending the service life of my laptop.
All I can say is WOW! This drive is super fast. Boot times are just a few seconds and programs load up so fast! I was using a Crucial SSD and boot up time was much longer for same reason. Ever since Apple announced no third party TRIM support in Yosemite I went ahead and made the switch to this drive for future proof operation. Get this drive, you will will be very pleased with its performance, especially considering it is the older SATA 2 spec.
I put this in my MacBook Pro and I can't believe the difference. I also upgraded the RAM to 6GB from 2GB. I think I'm going to put SSD's in every computer in my household! The only issue I had was the screw to remove my old hard drive was stripped, so I had to cut it out with a dremel.
I use this drive in an OWC Express enclosure as a "repair drive" and it is a bit disconcerting when a Mac boots and runs faster from the external repair drive than from the internal HD. Even better, my "repair drive" fits handily into a shirt pocket.
What a different. My 2009 MacBook Pro has gone from painfully slow to lightening quick. I also have a new Air- which seemed quicker before the upgrade notwithstanding the much better specs on the Pro. All has changed now. Well worth it. Great service as well. Received in Australia within days.
I ordered a larger one of these for my Mac Pro 1,1 and left a review for it, said I'd probably buy one for everything in my house that had a hard drive. Well... I ordered this drive for my Macbook Pro 7,1 and here's my review...
Why Apple ever shipped this laptop with a 5300rpm drive is beyond me. This SSD has to be at least 5 times faster than the original drive, boot time is almost nonexistent running Yosemite. Installing it is a breeze, make a Time Machine backup prior and there will be no headache. If you like your Macbook with the factory drive, you'll love it with one of these, I am amazed at the speed of SSD drives. I use external storage for keeping my files, so I only needed a small drive for my actual OS install, makes TM backups quick and easy.
Shipping - well... fairly quick and they package your stuff with care. I'd like to see faster ship times cause I have zero patience and want it NOW but once it leaves OWC, well... they can't control the shipping service/weather.
In short, regardless of which size SSD you need/want, OWC is the place to buy it. I mean, they're made for Mac's by people who eat, sleep and breathe Mac's. I'm partial to Samsung EVO drives but never bought one, won't ever buy one either because I'll be buying Mercury Electra drives instead. Like the roofing commercials say, get off your asphalt, buy one of these drives. If your Mac can support faster transfer speeds, get one of the faster versions, I can only imagine the speed increase...
Pros: Quality, Durability, freaking sweet blue color, low power consumption, literally no heat, quiet
Cons: not free, wasn't buy one - get one, doesn't cook, seriously did you expect an actual con?
My older model (2009) Mac Mini was slow...needed more memory and faster storage. Memory upgrade was trivial using helpful OWC videos. Physical install of SSD was also very easy following very complete instructional videos. Process for archiving and reinstalling OS and user data could have been a bit more complete for various upgrade scenarios, as I did an OS upgrade as well and also had a Time Machine disk for backup. The sequence of operations to complete the install should be a bit more clear about when & how to format the SSD and reinstall or update the OS and user data; since these drives are basically sold for Macs, it might be helpful for OWC to offer pre-formatted drives.
Ultimately I got everything working, and the end result of better memory and fast SSD resulted in great performance improvement...no need really for faster processor for this system & the work we do on it.
I have a 2007 iMac that was starting to show its age, not to mention running out of space with the 320GB HDD. I decided to try this drive to see how the SSD would improve the performance and, wow! Booting went from 2 1/2 minutes to just over 1 minute, programs launch much faster, and iPhoto is much snappier. It breathed new life into my old iMac, it's like a new computer!
Bought the SSD, Drive adapter, and temperature cable. The hardware install went off without a single issue, my late 2010 imac saw the device and the format and install went good. The performance is outstanding, boot time is now 15 seconds from power button to launching apps. The computer is now silent. I did not get the tools here, harbor freight has them for much cheaper.
I put this in a 2006 white MacBook. Used to be my daughter's college computer. Santa brought her a new MacBook Pro. She couldn't use it anymore. It was so slow. The SSD turned it to a useable computer again. Moved the hard drive into the optical bay with a sata to pata adapter. Took me a couple of hours including the time I spent crawling around on the floor looking for a dropped screw. Has me seriously considering an SSD for my Mini. If only it wasn't running Yosemite. I am pretty much convinced that TRIM is required no matter what OWC says.
I would recommend this to a friend!
Response from Other World ComputingTechnical Support, Technical SupportFebruary 16, 2015
I put this into my 2006 Mac Pro 1,1 hoping for a little speed increase. In my opinion, it's faster than the 2014 Mac Mini with a Fusion Drive, that I recently returned to Apple. I am very impressed, maybe it doesn't take much to impress me but I'm impressed, it's fast. Of course it's silent, no moving parts. I've only had it a few hours but I'm very happy with it and I plan to buy another for my MacBook Pro. I just might buy one for everything in the house that has a hard drive.
For the record, my Pro is running Mavericks currently, maybe that helps the speed and maybe not. I know I'll never go back to a regular HD for a boot drive ever again. If you are thinking of buying one or even just a little doubtful, buy it... they offer a money back on these things and they are well worth it.
Pros: Quality, Durability, price, it's fast - fast
Cons: it isn't free, overnight shipping wasn't overnight, none
Wasn't totally sure about which product I needed so I did an online chat with a customer support person. He took my information and came back with recommendations. As soon as we were done, I ordered the product and it arrived 4 days earlier than promised. It was easy to install and has made my computing life much easier and faster.