Thursday, April 16th 2009

I-O Data Readying ExpressCard SSDs

Solid State Disks (SSDs) come are coming in all shapes, sizes, and interfaces. I-O Data is preparing a new SSD design that is compatible with the ExpressCard 34 slot that most notebooks feature. The purpose of this design could be portability, or simply expanding the notebook's storage beyond what its hard drive allows. The ExpressCard interface provides fast connectivity between the system and the SSD's own storage controller (up to 2.5 Gbps in PCI-Express mode).

The drive measures 34x74x5 mm, and weighs around 21 g. It comes in two variants, based on the storage they offer: 32 GB and 64 GB. Backed by a one-year warranty, the 32 GB variant is priced in Japan at US $170, and the 64 GB at $243.

Source: TechConnect Magazine
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10 Comments on I-O Data Readying ExpressCard SSDs

#1
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
now those are cool i want one :D
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#2
to6ko91
by: cdawall
now those are cool i want one :D
you would pay 250 for extra storage that cant run your OS :shadedshu
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#3
cdawall
where the hell are my stars
by: to6ko91
you would pay 250 for extra storage that cant run your OS :shadedshu
it can run programs
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#4
Katanai
by: cdawall
it can game
There fixed it for ya!
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#5
FreedomEclipse
Crazy Dogmatic Bullsh!t!
shame they couldnt show us some 'read & Write' info on this stuff. not EVERY SSD is super fast
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#6
A Cheese Danish
Awesome! Now I can have an SSD for my laptop! But too much for me to pay lol
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#7
department76
by: to6ko91
you would pay 250 for extra storage that cant run your OS :shadedshu
its a high performance storage upgrade that someone could pop into any old laptop with an expresscard slot. not booting from it does suck, but i could still see plenty of usefullness for it.

looks bada$$ to me.
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#8
to6ko91
by: department76
its a high performance storage upgrade that someone could pop into any old laptop with an expresscard slot. not booting from it does suck, but i could still see plenty of usefullness for it.

looks bada$$ to me.
yes but why buy a ssd and not an external hard drive ??? WD has 1TB drives for less than 100 Euro ... they can still run programs (not as fast but so) :p
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#9
zads
by: department76
its a high performance storage upgrade that someone could pop into any old laptop with an expresscard slot. not booting from it does suck, but i could still see plenty of usefullness for it.

looks bada$$ to me.
Actually, if you use EasyCo's Managed Flash Tools (MFT), you can keep the windows system files on the regular hard drive, and move Documents and Settings, Program Files, Windows Temp directory, and the swap space (virtual memory) to the ExpressCard SSD. This will give you SSD speed enhancements to your laptop without sacrificing the original hard drive and file capacity that came with your laptop.
BUT, this means that you must have the ExpressCard in your laptop to make it run that installation of Windows.

by: to6ko91
yes but why buy a ssd and not an external hard drive ??? WD has 1TB drives for less than 100 Euro ... they can still run programs (not as fast but so) :p
Cuz people don't want to lug an external hard drive around with their laptop.
With the ExpressCard SSD, you can leave it in the ExpressCard slot indefinitely.
Won't have to unplug and replug it everytime you want to use it, or put it away into a laptop sleeve/bag.



The question here, is what interface does it use, the story doesn't clearly state it.
All ExpressCard devices either use USB or PCI-E communication.
The USB ExpressCard SSDs are all capped around 35 MB/sec reads and writes.
The PCI-E ExpressCard SSD can do 115 MB/sec read and 65 MB/sec write.

The only PCI-E ExpressCard SSD on the market is the Filemate SolidGO products:
http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161324


http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820161325

So, depending on the speed specs (which aren't listed anywhere), this is probably just another USB ExpressCard.
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#10
ktr
Hopefully you can boot from it. If you can't, that would suck.
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