I knew what to expect with the body, the weight and the sturdiness of this drive, but I had no idea of how good the speed would be. With previous 500 OWC Mercury On-The-Go USB drives, I always had dependability in making a clone of my internal hard drive, but the process usually took an hour, at least. The first few times I used this new drive, I was convinced that something was wrong...the entire process takes less than 10 minutes! It's wonderful! Totally worth the extra cost and I am totally happy and satisfied with the performance of the device.
It does exactly what it was designed for- high praise in a high tech word. This replaced my La Cie drive when my back-ups exceeded its capacity. This drive just feels much better as a performer and I have a much greater level of trust in this unit.
Now that OWC explained the DIY SSD's to me, I purchased this case not realizing I really didn't need portability, but that I did need the option of USB 3.0 & FireWire. So this was a good move. Like all the products I've purchased from OWC so far, no glitches, no issues, the OWC Mercury On-The-Go Portable 2.5" FW800/USB3.0 went straight to work.
Rather than wipe and destroy a SATA hard drive that I replaced with a solid-state drive that I purchased from OWC, I saw this as an option to continue using the SATA hard drive. The assembly process was simple, thanks to the comprehensive tutorial. Everything is included here, even the USB cables. As an added benefit, the drive is powered by the USB cable, so no separate power cable is needed. I now have a bootable drive that I can use when I travel. The padded carrying case protects the drive and holds the cable.
During the last two months I have placed multiple orders for hardware for my clients. I have never been disappointed with OWC products, information and support. I always choose OWC for mission critical hardware for myself and my clients. OWC equals stress free.
It's fast, efficient, and portable. I use Pro Tools at work, at home and on the road. I have a 1TB SSD in it which holds a lot of big sessions. This drive is always with me so my latest projects are always right at hand if I have an inspiration, or need to fix something quick. I can use it in my studios, or on my laptop in bed (my favorite way to work). Couldn't do without it.
I love this external drive, it has been a power house for me! Being Solid state, I feel it's far more durable for traveling with compared to a conventional drive which has lots of moving parts. It also has very fast read/right speeds, great for on the fly video editing and for transferring and viewing large photo files. The only slight downside is the housing is far larger than it needs to be, adding some unnecessary bulk. But it is very well made.
It seems like only a few years ago buying a terabyte external hard drive cost a small fortune. This was on sale at a price I could afford. And it was just what I needed. I determined my laptop was sluggish and showing too many beachballs from a too full hard drive. After copying all my video and music files to the Mercury hard drive and deleting stuff that I didn't need on my laptop then defragging, my laptop finally got it's speed back and no beachballs. I have several of Mercury on the Go hard drives. Love them. It gets power from the USB on my laptop though I did buy a power cable to plug in the wall just in case. it's small, fast, quiet and has a cool blue blinking light that indicates when working and when resting. It really shows up in the dark. Some shareware is included. It also comes with a carry case which holds both the drive and the cable. The case is sturdy and I don't worry about stuffing it in suitcase or computer bag.
Pros: Quality, Durability, quiet, plug and go, great price, wide selection of connectors, can buy power cord for wall outlet