Assembly Manual User Guide
Mercury Elite® Pro
FireWire® 800 / USB 3.0 / eSATA
ASSEMBLY MANUAL & USER GUIDE
TABLE OF CONTENTS
OWC MERCURY ELITE PRO TABLE OF CONTENTS
1.1 MINIMUM SYSTEM REQUIREMENTS
1.1.1 Apple® Mac® Requirements
• eSATA: OS X® 10.3 or later
• FireWire: OS X 10.3 or later
• USB 3.0 (backwards compatible to
USB 2.0): OS X 10.3 or later
1.1.3 Supported Hard Drives
• Any 3.5” SATA hard drive
1.1.2 PC Requirements
• eSATA: Windows® XP or later
• FireWire: Windows XP or later
• USB 3.0 (backwards compatible to USB
2.0): Windows XP or later
1.2 PACKAGE CONTENTS
Mercury Elite Pro
(with vertical stand)
Power supply and power cable eSATA cable USB 3.0
(A to Standard-B) cable
1.3 ABOUT THIS MANUAL
Firmware, images, and descriptions may vary slightly between this manual and the unit shipped. Functions and features may change depending on the firmware version. Please visit the product webpage for the most recent product specifications.
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1.4 REAR VIEW
Power Input eSATA
1. Plug the power supply into a power outlet and into the Mercury Elite Pro.
2. Connect the FireWire 800, USB 3.0, or eSATA cable – appropriate for the interface that your computer supports – into the drive and computer.
• If you connect the Mercury Elite Pro to its power source and turn the unit on without connecting it to a computer, the drive will temporarily spin up and then spin back down when a data connection is not detected.
• Only one interface (FireWire 800, USB 3.0, or eSATA) at a time can be used.
• For the safe removal of your drive and to ensure that no data is lost, always unmount the drive from your operating system before powering off the Mercury Elite Pro.
• In order for the computer to access volumes larger than 2TB, the operating system needs to support large volumes (e.g., Windows Vista or OS X 10.4 and above).
1.5 LED INDICATOR
The Mercury Elite Pro has a soft white LED at the front of the enclosure. The LED emits a solid light when the unit is powered on, and a flashing light during hard drive activity.
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2.1 QUICK START
To format this drive for Mac OS X (OS 10.4 and later) or Windows (XP and later), follow the steps below. If you installed your own drive, please use the formatting method you are most familiar with or check Section 3.1 for a link to OWC’s online formatting tips.
1. If a dedicated power supply was included, plug it in then connect the Mercury Elite Pro to your computer using the proper cable. If you prefer to use a different formatting utility, do so at this time and skip the rest of these instructions.
2. Your drive will show up as “OWC SETUP”. Open your drive to view its contents.
3. Double-click the OWC Drive Guide application.
4. Follow the simple on-screen instructions to complete the formatting process.
5. Once the formatting is finished the drive is ready to use.
NOTICE: The following assembly instructions are written for users who purchased the
Mercury Elite Pro as an empty enclosure. The instructions show how to open the Mercury
Elite Pro in order to install a drive. If you purchased the Mercury Elite Pro with a drive already installed, opening the Mercury Elite Pro before the expiration of the original warranty
the warranty. If you wish to remove or replace a drive after the expiration of the original warranty, you may do so at that time.
1. Remove the Mercury Elite Pro from the retail box and the protective plastic bag. Set the Mercury Elite Pro on its side and look at the bottom of the enclosure. Use a Phillips screwdriver to remove the two screws, circled below in red.
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2. Once the two screws are removed, slide the inner chassis out the front of the outer case, as shown below. Start by pushing on the back of the inner chassis, then when you are able to grip the front grill of the inner chassis, pull it out the rest of the way.
3. When removed from the outer case, the inner chassis will appear as shown below. Remove the packet of screws and use them as directed later in the assembly instructions.
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4. To install the hard drive, slide it into the black SATA connector inside the Mercury Elite Pro.
You may need to move the blue and black LED cables to the side in order to make room for the hard drive. Make sure the drive is firmly seated before proceeding.
5. Using the four screws from the packet you removed from the inner chassis, fasten the hard drive to the inner chassis. There are two screw holes on each side of the inner chassis, circled below in red.
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6. Slide the inner chassis back into the outer case, as shown below.
7. Once the front grill of the inner chassis sits flush with the edge of the outer case, turn the
Mercury Elite Pro on its side. Use the two smaller screws you removed in Step 1, and refasten the outer case to the inner chassis.
This completes the assembly process.
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For formatting information, including instructions on how to format your Mercury Elite Pro for Mac or Windows, go to: www.owcdigital.com/format
3.2 UNMOUNTING DRIVES
To properly unmount any connected drive from your computer, try the options below.
There are several methods to umount disks with OS X systems. You can drag the icon for the disk you wish to unmount to the trash can, or right-click the disk icon on the desktop, then click “Eject”. You can also eject the disk in the sidebar of a Finder window, or by selecting the drive icon on the Desktop then pressing Command-E.
1. Go to the System Tray (located in the lower right corner of your screen). Click on the
“Eject” icon (a small green arrow over a hardware image).
2. A message will appear, detailing the devices that the “Eject” icon controls, i.e., “Safely remove...” Click on this prompt.
3. You will then see a message that says, “Safe to Remove Hardware.” It is now safe to disconnect the Mercury Elite Pro from the computer.
Begin your troubleshooting by verifying that the power cable is connected to the Mercury
Elite Pro and to a power source. If the power cable is connected to a power strip, make sure that the power switch on the strip is turned on.
Then, simply verify that both ends of your cables are properly plugged into the computer and the Mercury Elite Pro. If the Mercury Elite Pro is still not working properly, try connecting to another interface such as the USB connection and see if the device works properly. You can also connect the Mercury Elite Pro to a different computer.
If problems persist, see Section 3.6 to contact OWC technical support.
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3.4 ABOUT DATA BACKUP
To ensure that your files are protected and to prevent data loss, we strongly suggest that you keep two copies of your data: one copy on your Mercury Elite Pro and a second copy on either your internal drive or another storage medium, such as an optical backup, or on a second external storage unit. Any data loss or corruption while using the Mercury Elite Pro is the sole responsibility of the user, and under no circumstances will Other World Computing be held liable for compensation or the recovery of any lost data.
3.5 ONLINE RESOURCES
For a step-by-step walkthrough of our recommended method for migrating your data from an old drive to a new one, go to: www.owcdigital.com/support/data-transfer.html
Access our online collection of frequently asked questions for this and other products at: www.owcdigital.com/support/knowledge-base.html
3.6 CONTACTING TECHNICAL SUPPORT
8AM - 8PM (CT) Monday - Friday
9AM - 4PM (CT) Saturday
(866) 692-7100 (North America)
+1 (815) 338-4751 (International)
Live chat is available during normal business hours at: www.owcdigital.com/support/
Email support is available at: www.owcdigital.com/support/
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The material in this document is for information purposes only and subject to change without notice.
While reasonable efforts have been made in the preparation of this document to assure its accuracy,
Other World Computing and its officers and employees assume no liability resulting from errors or omissions in this document, or from the use of the information contained herein. Other World Computing reserves the right to make changes or revisions in the product design or the product manual without reservation and without obligation to notify any person of such revisions and changes.
Warning! Modifications not authorized by the manufacturer may void the user’s authority to operate this device.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class A digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference when the equipment is operated in a commercial environment. This equipment generates, uses, and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instruction manual, may cause harmful interference with radio communications.
Operation of this equipment in a residential area is likely to cause harmful interference, in which case the user will be required to correct the interference at his own expense.
NOTE: This equipment has been tested and found to comply with the limits for a Class B digital device, pursuant to Part 15 of the FCC Rules. These limits are designed to provide reasonable protection against harmful interference in a residential installation. This equipment generates, uses and can radiate radio frequency energy and, if not installed and used in accordance with the instructions, may cause harmful interference to radio communications. However, there is no guarantee that interference will not occur in a particular installation. If this equipment does cause harmful interference with radio or television reception, which can be determined by turning the equipment off and on, the user is encouraged to try to correct the interference by one or more of the following measures:
• Reorient or relocate the receiving antenna.
• Increase the separation between the equipment and receiver.
• Connect the equipment to an outlet on a circuit different from that to which the receiver is connected.
Health And Safety Precautions:
• Use proper anti-static precautions while performing the installation of your hard drives into this drive enclosure. Failure to do so can cause damage to your drive mechanisms and/or the hard drive enclosure.
• Read this user guide carefully and follow the correct procedures when setting up the device.
• Do not attempt to disassemble or modify the device. To avoid any risk of electrical shock, fire, short-circuiting or dangerous emissions, never insert any metallic object into the device. If it appears to be malfunctioning, contact Other World Computing technical support.
• Never expose your device to rain, or use it near water or in damp or wet conditions. Never place objects containing liquids on the drive, as they may spill into its openings. Doing so increases the risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting, fire or personal injury.
General Use Precautions:
• To avoid damage, do not expose the device to temperatures outside the range of 5° C to
40° C (41° F to 104° F).
• Always unplug the device from the electrical outlet if there is a risk of lightning or if it will be unused for an extended period of time. Otherwise, there is an increased risk of electrical shock, short-circuiting or fire.
• Do not use the device near other electrical appliances such as televisions, radios or speakers.
Doing so may cause interference which will adversely affect the operation of the other products.
• Do not place the device near sources of magnetic interference, such as computer displays, televisions or speakers. Magnetic interference can affect the operation and stability of hard drives.
• Do not place heavy objects on top of the device.
• Protect your device from excessive exposure to dust during use or storage. Dust can build up inside the device, increasing the risk of damage or malfunction.
• Do not block any ventilation openings on the device. These help to keep the device cool during operation. Blocking the ventilation openings may cause damage to the device and cause an increased risk of short-circuiting or fire.
• For up-to-date product and warranty information, please visit the product webpage.
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Corporation. Apple, FireWire, Mac, and OS X are trademarks of Apple Inc., registered in the U.S. and other countries. Windows is a registered trademark of Microsoft Corporation in the U.S. and other countries. USB is a registered trademark of USB Implementers forum, Inc. Other marks may be the trademark or registered trademark property of their owners.
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