OWC unveils 960GB solid-state drive

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Cloud? What cloud? There's still a market for standalone storage devices--big devices, judging by the newest drive from Other World Computing.

OWC has unveiled its Mercury Electra Max, a 960GB internal 2.5-inch solid-state drive (SSD) compatible with Macs and other PCs; it's the highest-capacity drive ever offered by the company. And that big storage capacity comes with a hefty price tag: $1270.

The SATA drive promises to play well--and speedily--with your Mac, with read speeds of up to 254 MBps and write speeds of 250 MBps.

OWC says that the device is aimed at notebook-style computers; Macworld's Dan Frakes pointed out that entry-level models of the newest-generation MacBook Air offer a "paltry" 64 GB of storage--meaning they could run out of space quickly if they don't rely on the cloud or an external device. And if you still use a Mac with a traditional hard-drive, the SSD's lack of moving parts would likely afford a significant speed bump for your Mac, too.

The Mercury Electra MAX comes with a three-year warranty. It is available at Macsales.com and other retailers.

This story, "OWC unveils 960GB solid-state drive" was originally published by Macworld.

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