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OWC Launches Super-Fast Portable Drives

Other World Computing (OWC) unveiled new eSATA 6G portable drives at CES 2012 in Las Vegas this week.

Portable hard drives are great tools for expanding storage capacity of laptops and mobile devices, or sharing data with others, but you sacrifice speed for portability. Other World Computing (OWC) has a new series of super fast eSATA 6G drives that change all that.

According to an OWC press release, the Mercury Elite Pro mini is the industry’s first eSATA 6G and bus-powered USB 3.0 portable storage device. The eSATA 6G drives are capable of transferring data at rates comparable to internal hard drives, so you can work with the data on the portable storage device without sacrificing performance.

The drives are bus-powered. They pull their juice from a USB connection so they don’t require a separate AC adapter, which makes them easier and more convenient for mobile users to take advantage of the expanded storage capacity on the go.

The Mercury Elite Pro mini drives come in a stylish, aircraft-grade brushed aluminum enclosure. You can choose between 2.5-inch SATA hard drive, or SSD models. No matter which type of drive is inside, the Mercury Elite Pro drives are fanless, for whisper-quiet operation.

“When the highest speed and maximum portability are the key criteria for an external drive, there is no equal to the new Mercury Elite Pro mini USB 3.0 and eSATA 6G model,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing.

With the move toward ultrabooks and SSD drives, data storage on mobile computers is faster, and more reliable, but the capacity is decreasing. Many notebooks now come equipped with 500Gb, or even 1TB of storage, but ultrabooks are more likely to be built with 128GB SSDs.

Your mileage will vary, but 128GB of data fills up pretty quick. Portable drives that can offer a cost-effective means of expanding storage capacity, without requiring separate external power or sacrificing performance will be welcome by many mobile users.

The new OWC drives come in 13 different Mac and PC compatible configurations starting at only $115. They are available in both 7200 RPM hard drive, and SSD variations ranging in capacity up to 1.5TB.

For more blogs, stories, photos, and video from the nation's largest consumer electronics show, check out PCWorld's complete coverage of CES 2012.

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