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.
Average Customer Rating:
(80 Reviews) 80
Rating Breakdown80 reviews
75 out of 75(100%)reviewers would recommend this product.
I appreciate the extra information OWC provides. The Mercury Electra 6G (a SATA 3 SSD) is faster, and the price is about the same, so it seems to be a better choice. However, OWC provided a "special note" relevant to certain Mac models (including the 2009 Mac mini). It says that for those specified Mac models with SATA 2, a faster SATA 3 SSD would work but only operate at the slower SATA 1 speed. To achieve full compatibility and potential speed, OWC recommends the Mercury Electra 3G (a SATA 2 SSD), for those specified Mac models. Most other vendors would not have bothered to provide such detailed information (or even have such knowledge).
I also appreciate the installation videos. They are well-produced with clear narration. I have it playing on an iPad, while working on the Mac mini.
This Mac mini is older, but now feels a lot more "snappy." I leave it running all the time, so start-up time is not as important, but it is noticeably faster at doing things that require disk access, even basic activity such as loading a web page. I had it in an open external drive case (to clone) before installing it, and it stays very cool, compared to a hard drive.
Review 5 for 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive.
PostedJuly 16, 2014
Bought the 960GB SSD for my 2009 iMac to help speed things up. My startup time to the login page was 4 minutes. It is now 45 sec. Installation of the drive was not difficult but it is so much smaller it did not fit securely in place. I had to rig some adhesive backed Velcro to hold it in place. Overall, I love the drive and its improved performance (as well as no sound).
Great drive. Completely revamped my MacBookPro. I use my computer for everyday use and as my main audio DAW computer. I used OWC's kit for converting my CD/DVD drive to an additional internal drive for samples, etc. and it is a killing machine. Fast. Starts up in 14 seconds. Thanks. Products are great and service is excellent.
My MacBook Pro kept slowing down, and I would clean everything up. Then slow down again. Well, enough is enough, and I purchased the 480GB Mercury Electra 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 7mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive. Finally, I have a high speed computer.
The only problem was with moving my current data to the new drive. I wasn't sure if I was doing the procedure correctly, so I called support. He gave me incorrect information, telling me that even though I had a SuperDuper backup, i would still have to move my data over like I had a new computer under Mountain Lion. Well, all I had to do was to format the drive, and then let SuperDuper bring the data over. All is well without spending all that time in porting the data.
Starting my computer previously required over 1 minute to get to my sign-in screen. It now takes less than 10 seconds to get to my sign-in screen. MS Word and Excel now take about 2 seconds to load. Same for Quicken and iPhoto.
I find it hard to believe my hew world of high speed.
Prices have come down, fewer reasons not to have one
PostedAugust 21, 2014
I avoided swapping out the original drive in my laptop because the 500 Gb SSD was exceedingly expensive. Now, it's so much more affordable, and for my older laptop past AppleCare, it has returned to functionality--so much cheaper than going out and buying the newer model. I'd love to be able to upgrade all the time, but this is kind of the next best thing.
My OEM hard drive crashed and I decided to give my MBP15 a SSD upgrade, since these disks are now relatively affordable. I opted for the 250GB capacity Mercury Electra 3G, plus converting the DVD slot for a second 7200rpm 1TB drive. Installation was a breeze and set up went smoothly. I set up the SSD as the boot drive containing the OS and Applications; whereas the secondary drive was allotted the Home directory. Everything worked flawlessly. My MBP now booted much faster and certain applications launched slightly faster.
My new Mac Mini, in which I replaced the 2 TB hard drive with this SSD, now starts up in 22 seconds instead of a minute plus. It is quiet, and stays cool. The only time the Mac Mini got warm was when I used a long, microprocessor intensive operations lasting hours. And the SSD did not heat up, just the microprocessor. A cool computer lasts longer. Heat is the enemy of microprocessors. This drive, which formatted easily and accepted a clone backup fairly quickly is totally silent and vibration free. I am sold on SSDs.
I'm very happy with this 480GB Mercury Electra 3G SSD. It was very easy to install with the terrific OWC DIY Instructional Videos. I expected that my Mid 2009 17' MacBook Pro would be faster waking from sleep or re-booting. What I didn't expect and I'm delighted to find out is that, everything I do is much faster now. Opening or closing applications, surfing the internet, whatever. I feel as though my MacBook Pro has a new lease on life. Also, and this is a biggy, I can finally play various high quality audio instrument libraries in real time using Native Instruments Kontakt 5 Free player with a latency so low that it's practical for performing in front of a live audience. No hiccups at all. The CPU and Disk Usage Meter hardly even registers. A great improvement over my 7200 RPM internal drive.
Pros: Quality, Durability, extends useful life of computer
1st time with a SSD. I love it. I can't believe I waited so long to get one. It was easy to install and setup in my Mac Pro 4,1 as the boot drive. Everything is so much faster from booting up to launching apps. Its like have a brand new computer.