Other World Computing Multi-Mount allows Mac Pro and Power Mac users to add small form factor drives into larger sized drive bays

Macworld Australia Staff
23 July, 2010
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July 22, 2010, Woodstock, IL – Other World Computing (OWC®) http://www.macsales.com, a leading zero emissions Mac® and PC technology company, today announced the OWC Multi-Mount™ custom engineered powder-coated aircraft grade aluminum bracket kits for securely installing smaller form factor (2.5″ & 3.5″) hard drives and Solid State Drives (SSD) into larger sized (3.5″ & 5.25″) drive bays in Mac Pro, Power Mac G5, and PowerMac G4 computers produced since 1999. Available in seven different adapter bracket kits from US$17.99 to provide drive size use versatility, the OWC Multi-Mount gives Mac Pro and Power Mac G4/G5 users, as well as PC tower users, the freedom to expand their computer’s drive capacity and configuration to meet individual data storage and backup needs.

Seven Kits Offer Variety Of Storage Configurations

The OWC Multi-Mount is available in seven different kits that come complete with all required installation hardware and a color installation manual for easy assembly. Two Mac Pro specific kits include power and drive connection cables. With an OWC Multi-Mount kit, Mac Pro, Power Mac G4/G5, and PC tower owners can add:

  • one 2.5″ hard drive or SSD into a 3.5″ drive bay or
  • up to two 2.5″ hard drives or SSDs into a 5.25″ drive bay or
  • up to two 3.5″ hard drives into a 5.25″ drive bay or
  • a combination of one 2.5″ hard drive or SSD and one 3.5″ hard drive into a 5.25″ drive bay

For more information on the OWC Multi-Mount, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/owcpages/multimount/multimount.html

Utilizes Empty Or Unused Drive Bay Space To Increase Storage Capacity

The OWC Multi-Mount provides optimal use of the empty second optical bay found in Mac Pros and Power Mac G4 “Mirrored Door Drive” models, as well as allowing other Power Mac G4/G5 and even Mac Pro owners the ability to replace their infrequently used optical drive with up to two additional hard drives and/or SSDs. Consisting of heat dissipating aircraft grade aluminum brackets, the OWC Multi-Mount’s “open air” design provides maximum air flow to keep single drive or combinations of 2.5″ and 3.5″ drives running cool.

Reduces Noise And Protects Drives

By employing unique hard rubber vibration dampeners to cushion the contact between drives and the Mac’s case, the OWC Multi-Mount reduces vibration and noise transferred through the case by mechanical hard drives. Additionally, this “floating rubber suspension” protects drives from impact shocks delivered to a MacPro or Power Mac case as well as potentially extending hard drive use life by reducing vibrations that can cause hard drive failure.

“The beauty of Multi-Mount, in addition to its blue powder coated finish, is the drive configuration flexibility it offers to Mac Pro and Power Mac users,” said Larry O’Connor, Founder and CEO, Other World Computing. “From adding more capacity, faster boot and app load performance, and even redundancy via a RAID setup, Multi-Mount is a complete hardware solution for custom tailoring any Mac tower’s internal storage to meet individual needs.”

High Performance Hard Drives & SSDs Available

In addition to the Multi-Mount drive adapter bracket solutions, OWC carries a full line of 2.5″ notebook drives up to 1TB with 500GB hard drives from US$69.99 and Solid State Drives (SSD) from US$129.99. OWC’s 3.5″drive line goes up to 2TB with 500GB hard drives from US$49.99. For the fastest and most reliable drive available on the market, OWC also offers its own award-winning Mercury Extreme Pro SSD line in capacities from 50GB to 480GB starting at US$194.99. For more information on OWC’s internal storage options, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/internal_storage/hard_drives_and_SSD

Enclosures For Re-Tasking Optical Drives

OWC also has a solution for users who choose to replace their optical drive with Multi-Mount and increase their internal storage capacity with hard drives and/or SSDs. The US$34.99 OWC Value Line USB 2.0 enclosure kit is value priced for retaining external CD and DVD read/write capabilities. For higher performance, the US$94.99 OWC Mercury Pro enclosure kit with FireWire 800/400, USB 2.0, and eSATA interfaces offers Plug and Play compatibility with any computer. For more information on OWC’s external optical drive options, visit: http://eshop.macsales.com/search/external+optical+enclosure

About Other World Computing (OWC)

Other World Computing (OWC) has been providing quality hardware products and support to the computer industry since 1988 and features one of the largest online catalogs of computer, iPod®, iPhone®, and iPad™ enhancement products through its e-commerce portal www.macsales.com. As a Premiere Level Apple Developer Connection member, OWC also provides extensive US based technical support for Macintosh users around the world as well as Internet access via www.fastermac.net and www.owc.net

OWC’s industry awards and recognition include: Crain’s Chicago Business 2009 “Fast 50” List of 50 Fastest Growing Companies in the Chicago Area; Inc. 5,000 Top 100 Computers & Electronics Companies 2007 to 2009; Reseller Ratings Elite Member 2009 & 2010; Better Business Bureau Top Rating of A+ 2010; Reflex Packaging Commitment to Excellence Recycling Award 2009; Computerworld Magazine Top Green-IT Companies for 2008; and McHenry County Economic Development Corporation 2008 Business Champion Award.

In March 2010, OWC’s corporate campus was awarded LEED Platinum Certification by the Green Building Certification Institute. Platinum is the highest achievable level of the LEED (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design) Program, which began in 1998. Out of more than 14,000 LEED projects engaged worldwide since the program’s inception, OWC is one of less than three hundred to achieve the Platinum standard. On a local level, OWC also became the first privately owned light manufacturing/assembly building in Illinois to obtain LEED Platinum status.

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