There are no bells or whistles with this -- you plug it in, you turn it up, you back up your computer. I regard this simplicity as a feature. The reliability has been rock-solid, as with every OWC drive I've bought.
I have used these Mercury On-the-Go enclosures for many, many years and have owned about six of them. I continuously upgraded as new / different bus connections became available. Not a single one ever gave me a problem. Easy to upgrade the drives inside as you upgrade the capacity of your laptop. Fast enough for backups or even booting if necessary. I use these to clone my internal drives and tend to use the FireWire 800 port. They get warm during longer (45m) backups, but that's what the heat sink is for, and they never get super hot. You can rely on them. Has a power switch if you want to keep them plugged in but off. Bus powered, so no need for external power. Small, light, and durable enough to keep in a backpack or laptop bag. Only gripe is that you may not like the small blue light on the controller board. It is not annoying, I prefer it, but it does exist and may annoy you if you are Donny Darko.
I use this for a Timemachine back, daisy chained with the same drive which has a SSD as my secondary drive- all connected to a 2010 Mac mini, this way it does not slow the boot time that a USB drive did.
The 240GB SSD external matches up nicely with the 240 SSD internal - both from OWC giving me all the speed and stability I can expect out of my macBook plus lower power consumption. Almost like a processor upgrade. Once again I'm completely satisfied with an OWC product.
This external hard drive is small and extremely functional. I like buying from OWC because they are swift in their deliveries, they have high quality products and excellent customer service and warranty options. Thanks OWC!
I just got this enclosure, OWC was giving them for free with the purchase of certain hard drives, so I ended up with one. I can see that when I put my old 120GB SSD drive in it I'll always be able to see the size of the drive and not have to make an external tag to remind me. Brand new it's very pretty, if I remember I'll write later on about how well it looks after some wear and tear.
This is my 3rd Mercury drive. I am pleased with Mercury construction. The cases are built to last. This is the 1st SSD I've owned. I wanted to experience the difference between HD's and SSD's. The SSD has no moving parts so it is less likely to breakdown. It also should last longer. I am using this drive as an onsite backup storage device. My previous backup showed signs of imminent failure. I transferred the Time Machine folder to the Mercury SSD, then declared it as the new backup location. Time Machine recognized it and all was good to go. I also use the Mercury SSD to store data that I seldom use. In the 3 months I've had this drive it has performed silently and reliably. The only problem I've encountered with it is occasionally the disk image doesn't mount on the desktop after the computer is taken out of sleep mode. I restart the computer and it mounts just fine. I also like the style of this unit. I recommend the Mercury On-The-Go SSD
Pros: Quality, Durability, small footprint, speedy access times
Since my very old MiniMac had become very slow I considered to let it rest and get a new one. Then I read about the Mercury on the go and decided I would try it. It became like new and I am sure it will serve my purpose for a long time.
The GoPro is a super-versatile solution (with both firewire 400 and 800 ports) that allows me to use it to back up both my vintage powerbook and my brand new macbook pro. Great, sturdy design. Thinking of buying another one.
This great enclosure ensures I'll get added use from my replaced-by-an-SSD hard drive. It fits and works perfectly. I've never yet been disappointed by ANY OWC product, so please keep up your great standard of thoughtfully designed and built goodies for us Mac Book Pro people.
I have a large number of digital photos from digital cameras, film slides, and film negatives. I wanted a solution to have multiple backups in various locations. The 2.0 TB Portable Bus Powered Solution gave me this ability without having to deal with power supplies. The USB 3.0 interface is also extremely fast, so I can add data to all my drives quickly. Next the quality is outstanding and the travel pouch is designed to assure the safe transport and storage of the drive. I definitely recommend this solution.
I use this SSD storage device to hold ALL of my work-related files, amounting to over 130GB of data, source code, books, articles, and graphics. Every morning I throw it in my bag, and take it to work. In the evening I return home with it.
So far so good with reliability and durability. No errors of any kind in the two months or so that I have owned the product.
Being solid-state, it has a robust durability that rotating memory lacks. It has taken some pretty good knocks, bangs, and falls, without complaint or issues. I also like its speed and capacity.
This portable drive is great. Easy setup, no problems. The clear look is fantastic. It comes with a case which can house the drive and cable (firewire). It might be a little big for some people but I can live with the size in exchange for the great features. Bravo!
I bought a new (2015) MacBook Pro OS X 10.10.3. When I tried (twice) to hook up the On-The-Go-Pro it would not use the installed software within the hard drive. I had to go to Mac Sales of your website and get information as to how to initialise the On-The-Go-Pro hard drive. When I followed the instructions all the software offered on the hard drive was erased. This meant that I no longer had access to your software bundled with the hard drive. That said, the On-The-Go-Pro has worked very good and am pleased with its performance. As a side note this is the fifth On-The-Go-Pro I have purchased over a ten year period and have always had great performance. Though this is the first time I have had to initialise the hard drive to the computer thereby losing the software bundle offered. I do not know weather this incompatibility was due to the newness of the MacBook Pro OS or the hard drive.
I have purchased a number of items from OWC over the years. From memory to internal and external disk drives, cables and accessories. Most, if not all have, been exactly as advertised. This is my second Mercury On The Go drive. It works exactly as advertised and as expected it should, and my older one is still chugging along. Powers up just fine on my mid-2015 MBP . I used it to back up my 2006 Mac Pro before selling it and moving on to Yosemite on two MBP's. Transferred data to my new laptops from the Mac Pro, which was running 10.7.5 and all went just fine.
What can you say about an external drive? It just works. The included software is really not of any use to me, but there are options built in to leave it, copy it to your main drive, etc.. So, no big deal.