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 Warranty.
Average Customer Rating:
(43 Reviews) 43
Rating Breakdown43 reviews
41 out of 41(100%)reviewers would recommend this product.
I got the OWC Mercury Electra 3G SSD drive for my MacBook 3,1 computer from back in 2007. The computer had begun running very slow with the original HDD and I was getting tired of seeing the spinning rainbow pie. My first upgrade was the 6GB RAM upgrade from OWC and it sped up things considerably. I began researching about SSDs and decided to pick up the OWC SSD after the help of the wonderful OWC Tech Support team. I put in the SSD in an external drive to clone my HDD and then swapped places. BAM!!! The machine booted up from a cold start in about 20 seconds. The old HDD took roughly 2 full minutes to boot. Overall use of the SSD made everything feel like I wasn't using my old MacBook but, instead a new computer! Funny thing is that ended up loving my MacBook 3,1 more than my new MacBook Air 5,1. I purchased pretty much all my computer upgrades from OWC because my own brother has been buying from them for a long time and told me about their great customer service. You won't be disappointed with an OWC SSD or their RAM upgrades.
Pros: Quality, assembled in the usa
I would recommend this to a friend!
from Hercules, CA
Experience Level: Hobbiest
Owned Product: 3-4 months
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Review 4 for 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive.
Put this SSD in my Late 2007 Black Mac Book, coming from a WD 320 Gb 2.5 HDD. The WD was no dog as I use iDEFRAG yearly, so it was quite peppy. Cloned everything with Super Duper, slipped it into place in the laptop, and timed the boot up to useable desktop, 26.5 SECONDS, compared to 45.5 seconds with the Hard Drive, click on a program or file it opens INSTANTLY! Before WORD would take 30+ seconds to open, now it is 5 seconds if it is unopened, if is open, it is INSTENTANEOUS! To say I am pleased is an understatement. Next is the 2008 Black Mac Book to make better than new!
After my hard drive went south in my 2007 MacBook Pro Laptop I replaced it with the 120GB Mercury Electra 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive. I prefer the Samsung 840 but wanted to try OWC to see if there was a difference in performance. The old drive would write around 35 and read at 39. With the new OWC SSD Drive my write is now 120 and the read is 130. Not bad for a 6 yr old laptop. The boot was around 1:30sec, now is 21sec. Very happy with the final outcome.
Review 9 for 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive.
The "Apple" of SSDs
PostedNovember 9, 2013
I just installed two of these SSDs in my late 2011 17" MacBook Pro with the data doubler and configured them together in a RAID 0 configuration and all I have to say is she is a whole new machine! I have never used anything so fast in my life. Next purchase will have to be bumping this 8GB RAM up to 16GB!
As you are well aware there are many different SSDs on the market at various different price points. In my search for what SSD to put in my MacBook Pro I probably spent the better part of a month actively researching, reading through every forum comparing the drives. Many forums talk highly about the OWC products. Many say that they are overpriced and not economical at a $/GB rate however there were some very helpful comments I had read which talked about the durability and longevity of the OWC drives being top notch. That is all great however what really sealed the deal in my decision to purchase these drives from OWC were, one, my own past experiences with OWC which I have always been more than pleased with and two, the comments from other OWC customers who spoke so highly about the company and their customer service experiences. I don't believe there is any other SSD manufacture out there that sells the entire package quite like OWC. From the top notch products to in depth how to videos, to the outstanding customer service, it is truly a no brainer. I cannot tell you how many times I read through those forums where so and so got this ultra fast 6g SSD from company x for half the price of company z but when it stopped working they could barely get through to customer service. To me OWC is much like Apple in the sense that they are perhaps a bit more expensive than the competition however you can rest assured that you are purchasing a top notch quality product and you are buying into a customer service base which is beyond reproach. I am certainly not saying that other SSD manufactures do not make quality products however OWC has certainly gained a loyal customer out of me.
My MBP 2010 had a 1TB internal (also from OWC with no problems). As my data needs grow the drive was nearing capacity. The machine (8GB Ram MAx installed) has become exceedingly slow at basic launching, task switching etc. Even though its been defragged,etc, the fact that it is almost full anat 1TB makes it pretty crawly. So after salivating over SSD for a while, I I finally let go of the idea of having EVERYTHING on my laptop, broke down and archived off a lot of non-essential stuff. Installed this drive, migrated over (use tools like CCC or Time Machine restore to be safe, don't count on the OWC instructions for migration which are over simplified). The result is that my Mac now screams! Boot so Fast. Launches apps so fast! task switching etc FAST! The bottleneck is broken. No more waiting on the machine, it waits for me, and I am a power user , i.e. usually at least three to five large tasks OR MORE going on at any time. I can see living with this machine for at least another year or two, if not more, when I was SERIOUSLY considering trying to save up for a Retina or air. Very Pleased. Cannot speak to longterm reliability but do backups regularly and not worried.
After considering replacing my MacBookPro 2009 with a new one, and seeing how the macbook air zips thru life, I looked at many different SSD's as an inexpensive upgrade, ... and I chose this SSD. It was very easy to install, loaded my OS faster, and opens Photoshop CS5 faster than I could believe. I will test it over the next few weeks and look forward to enjoying my "Better than when it was NEW MacBookPro"
I have (I am told) an ancient 2006 Mac Pro running 10.6.8. I have added more memory but still find it slow by modern standards so started looking at the concept of updating the HDD to an SSD. After much surfing I came to the conclusion that if the product lived up to the blurb then OWCs SSD should do the job. Life has many hiccups and in my case I obviously had been supplied a faulty product, since my computer could not find it. I contacted the support and found them to be absolutely wonderful - bearing in mind that at this stage it was not clear whether the problem was with the new product or lay within the depths of my ancient computer. After several suggestions, tests with various applications it became clear that the problem was almost certainly with the new product. I sent it back and within a few days received a new unit which was fitted, loaded with the system and now my computer is like a space age rocket - I cannot believe the difference - certainly lives up to all the claims made in the blurb and then some - I suggest to anyone with an older machine that this is one way of adding a few more years to your trusty servant. On the subject of receiving a product that was not OK bear in mind that I live on the opposite side of the world from OWC and that any electronics in parcels can be given a hard time by virtue of various scanning processes during the course of travel through the postal/customs services etc - having been in the electronics manufacturing myself I am aware of these occasional problems so i hold no blame to OWC in this respect - their follow up and support being so good that there was no area left for me to take exception to!
This new SSD I install into my Late 2008 MBP was a smart move! Along with a battery swap, and upgrade to 8GB of RAM; It runs just as smooth as a 2012 Retina/Quad-Core MBP with the same specs. Only difference between the two was the boot time.
from Central Illinois
Experience Level: Hobbiest
Owned Product: less than a month
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480GB Mercury Electra 3G SSD w/ NuPower Battery
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Review 16 for 960GB Mercury Electra MAX 3G SSD 2.5" Serial-ATA 9.5mm 3Gb/s Solid State Drive.
PostedApril 25, 2013
Super fast and easy installation. Instruction on OWC site is awsome !!!
I'm glad I waited for prices to come down for starters. I did not have a choice as my HDD was on the way out. I am using a mid-2009 MacBook Pro and am limited to the 3Gb/s. Overall performance is outstanding, 17 seconds from power on to login screen. When booting in windows, 32-33 seconds when selecting the drive.
One key item, change the hard drive cable while you are changing the disk out. Best to do it now than later. Also do a proper back up of windows if needed. Mine did not work and I have to go through the whole process of updating windows 7.
Let me preface this by saying that I've owned this drive for less than 24 hours, so I cannot comment on the long-term durability. I purchased the 60 GB Mercury Electra 3G as a litmus test for further SSD purchases, and I am blown away by the speed. I put the drive in a MacBook2,1 (2.0 GHz C2D) with 2.5 GB RAM installed. The OS X Lion installer ran in 13 minutes, and she cold boots in 17 seconds.
Basis for comparison: the same installation on the same hardware using a 7200 RPM hard drive took 24 minutes to install Lion and 35 seconds for a cold boot.
Between the obvious speed increase, the "Made in the USA" sticker, and the warranty/return terms...I would have zero trepidation about purchasing another Mercury Electra SSD or recommending this line of drives to a friend or colleague. My next purchase will likely be a Mercury Electra 6G for my Linux system.