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    Expresscard SSD, any decent info out there on them?

    I have been thinking of running an ExpressCard SSD in my Laptop but finding decent info is difficult. They really seem to be out of fashion at the moment and I don't know why, are ExpressCard slot disappearing from laptops?

    This seems to me the best spec'd unit I can find but they don't seem to be for sale anywhere, there are Aussie resellers but none have them-


    PhotoFast 1.8 GMonster-Express card 54 SSD


    PhotoFast 1.8 GMonster-Express card 54 SSD

    • Read: up to 130 MB/sec
    • Write: up to 80 MB/sec
    • True PCI Express interface support
    • An Easy-to-USE alternative mini-USB port equipped
    • Working under transfer rate over 120MB/s, faster than any regular items at this range.


    Features


    • Available in 32GB/48GB/64GB
    • Read: up to 130 MB/sec
    • Write: up to 80 MB/sec
    • Average Seek time: <.2-.3ms
    • Fully compatible with Express CardTM/ 54 standard
    • Compatible with Windows Vista & support ReadyBoost function
    • Supports enhanced endurance by dynamic/static wear-leveling
    • Supports BCH ECC 6/8/15 bytes in 512 bytes
    • Supports dynamic power management
    • Supports SMART (Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology)
    • Data integrity under power-cycling
    • Shock resistance
    • O/S Support: Windows 2000/XP/Vista/Linux/Mac OSX
    • Fully Compliant with RoHS directive
    • CE and FCC compatibility
    • Driver needed


    Physical Specifications
    Connector
    Interface
    Capacity
    Dimensions
    Weight
    Power
    Supply
    MTBF
    Express card & mini. USB
    Express card & mini. USB
    32GB and 48GB
    75mm x 54mm x 5mm
    20g (Max.)
    3.3VDC +/-5% @ PCI-E I/F
    5.0VDA +/-5% @ USB I/F
    > 2,500,000 Hours

    Environmental Specifications

    Shock (operating)
    Vibration (operating)
    Altitude (operating)
    Operating Temperature
    Storage Temperature
    1500G
    16G
    120,000 ft
    0C ~ +70C
    -40C ~ +85C

    Reliability Specifications

    Data Retention
    Data Reliability
    5 years at +25C
    Built in BCH 15-bit ECC


    I have seen the WinFast(?) one but it runs at USB 2 speed which isn't really ideal especially if it becomes a bootable drive.



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    They're meant to be perfect for storage, but terrible fro running an operating system off.

    If you buy one, let me know as I wouldn't mind getting one to increase storage size on a laptop.

    A very good way of doing it!

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    Any chance you have a spare slot in yours? Some have an MSATA slot for a caching SSD thingy? For some reason because my laptop has a fingerprint reader it doesn't have the ability to run the extra drive.

    Cheapest way to go is to get a SD card adaptor for the ExpressCard slot and use that, I got a USB 3 card for my last laptop but it ran so hot you couldn't touch it.

    Would love to know if there is a way to go straight from the ExpressCard slot to a sata connector for a HDD? If so it may be possible to mount a half size MSATA drive in there.

    So sleepy so dyslexic

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    as far as I can see I only have room for 1 HDD, a DVD drive and I've got a expresscard slot, I've only used EC for a modem on a very old IBM thinkpad.

    Where would the MSATA be if I did have one?

    I might try some sort of EC drive, or a SD card adaptor. i've got a SD card slot, but would like to find one of those card adaptors that takes 6 SD cards.

    Wonder if that gives you 6 drives? Could use them like slave drives for back ups. That would be good!

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    Wow, is this your computer http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RqE9-rjuYZk? If so you can upgrade the CPU, that's pretty cool!

    You can also add a HDD caddy to the optical bay, it will become a bootable drive, I used to clone my drive that way on my last computer, if anything goes wrong slot in the other drive and it's as if nothing has happened.

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    yeah I'd break that if I tried!


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