updated 02:37 pm EDT, Tue April 8, 2014
Capacities up to 8TB available in USB 3.0, Thunderbolt dual-interface case
Peripheral vendor Other World Computing today expanded its family of Thunderbolt interface storage products with the addition of the OWC Mercury Elite Pro Dual external high-performance drive with hardware RAID capabilities. The new design is available in capacities up to 8TB.
The Mercury Elite Pro Dual supports independent drive access for two installed drives, providing hardware RAID, and is ideal for RAID 0, 1, Span, and Independent Modes. Data is accessible at sustained data rates of up to 389MB per second read, and 351MB per second write with a pair of 7200RPM drives installed. The drive is dual-interface, with USB 3.0 and offers two Thunderbolt ports. Thunderbolt and USB 3.0 cables are included.
Six models are available. The enclosure alone retails for $300. A model with two 1TB drives retails for $429. A pair of 2TB drives sells for $495. A pair of 2TB Hybrid drives installed in the case sells for $580. A pair of 3TB and a pair of 4TB drives pre-installed costs $575 and $760 respectively.