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When SSD and USB 3.0 Come Together 158

Posted by CmdrTaco
from the you-got-stick-in-my-drive dept.
An anonymous reader writes "USB flash drives have been a quiet revolution in computing. Their rise broke the death grip that the floppy drive had on the PC industry, and smaller capacity models have become cheap, disposable means of data transport and distribution. Yet while you can pick up a 4GB model for less than the price of a meal, large capacity drives are still prohibitively expensive. Meanwhile, solid state drives (SSDs) also utilize flash memory, but masquerade as mechanical hard drives rather than USB storage devices. Now it seems the two technologies are bashing into each other, with this article pointing to OCZ's new Enyo USB 3.0 SSD — a rather curious beast that looks like a thin external hard drive and connects via USB, but houses an SSD inside."
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When SSD and USB 3.0 Come Together

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  • by drinkypoo (153816) <martin.espinoza@gmail.com> on Thursday May 06, 2010 @09:39AM (#32110650) Homepage Journal

    When Slashdot and Advertisements come together... Slashvertisements! You could have learned as much or more by reading the press release [ocztechnology.com] where it is revealed that "Enyo USB 3.0 Portable SSDs will begin shipping this now and will be available through OCZ's extensive worldwide channel." Thank goodness, I thought I would have to wait for the next now. Also per the pr, "the Enyo features a sleek, anodized aluminum housing" ... the choice of words implies that it's a desktop SSD in a box. It would be nice to know which one, if so.

  • by Machupo (59568) on Thursday May 06, 2010 @09:41AM (#32110678)

    From the summary: "Yet while you can pick up a 4GB model for less than the price of a meal, large capacity drives are still prohibitively expensive. Meanwhile, solid state drives (SSDs) also utilize flash memory, but masquerade as mechanical hard drives rather than USB storage devices. Now it seems the two technologies are bashing into each other"

    SSDs, whether they are internal or external will continue to be exorbitantly priced, so you're not getting larger storage densities for cheaper.

    This development is nothing new... I use a deconstructed external USD HDD container and just swap on SATA 2.5" drives as necessary; a SSD would just be another drive to toss on there. While SSDs are significantly faster than most thumb drives, the question at the end of the day is: "Do you have the disposable income for this storage strategy?"

  • Yeah... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Pojut (1027544) on Thursday May 06, 2010 @09:43AM (#32110702) Homepage

    ...but for big-time storage, mechanical drives are still king. As the technology stands now, it is pretty much useless for large-scale storage due to many different things, not the least of which is the cost. That being said, I'm curious if by the time SSDs reach the capacity, price point, and reliability needed for long term storage if they will still be relevant.

    Here's to hoping, though...I love the idea of an SSD, but they still need some advancements before I consider one as my main system drive, much less for storage.

  • And? (Score:5, Insightful)

    by carp3_noct3m (1185697) <slashdotNO@SPAMwarriors-shade.net> on Thursday May 06, 2010 @09:43AM (#32110710)
    There are plenty of things on the market that address this issue. You can get 64 Gb flash drives on newegg for less than $150. I remember when I bought a gigabox that was 5 gig for more than that. If you really must have the extra space, I doubt that the max 256 GB model of this SSD is worth it, just get a sata dock, or a regular external, as the speeds of SSD are going to fairly useless on a USB 2.0 system most people have today. The other point to USB flash drives is their portability, I carry about three at all times in my pocket, I don't think I'd want to carry one of these in a pocket. It's interesting, but this is just a slashvertisment.
  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 06, 2010 @09:44AM (#32110712)

    yeah, but perhaps, like a million other technology sites, this one has seemed to have added something, by explaining why the product is so interesting, giving it some historical context, and discussing the implications. The price comparison with flash drives too -not quite what you'd find in OCZ's material.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Thursday May 06, 2010 @09:46AM (#32110738)

    When Slashdot and Advertisements come together... Slashvertisements!

    Nonsense, why anyone can submit a story to Slashdot! [geek.net]

  • Title says USB 3.0 (Score:2, Insightful)

    by archer, the (887288) on Thursday May 06, 2010 @10:05AM (#32110936)

    It'll make a big difference when the USB 3.0 systems arrive.

  • Re:I don't get it (Score:2, Insightful)

    by Yamata no Orochi (1626135) on Thursday May 06, 2010 @10:22AM (#32111092)

    It isn't really news. It's notable because it's the first one with USB 3.0, which is still basically inferior to the transfer speeds of other technologies, but has the capacity to power the drive with only one cable/connection.

  • Disposable?! (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Yvan256 (722131) on Thursday May 06, 2010 @10:30AM (#32111178) Homepage Journal

    smaller capacity models have become cheap, disposable means of data transport and distribution

    Can we please stop "disposing" of things, especially complex, hard-to-recycle things like electronic devices?

  • Re:Yeah... (Score:3, Insightful)

    by Bakkster (1529253) <Bakkster.manNO@SPAMgmail.com> on Thursday May 06, 2010 @12:19PM (#32112360)

    32GB should easily be enough for your main system drive no matter what desktop OS you're running

    Tell that to the bastards who keep forcing their program installation directories to the system drive!

  • by Tetsujin (103070) on Thursday May 06, 2010 @12:52PM (#32112778) Homepage Journal

    And since it is a USB3 SSD, that is a pretty big deal to be honest, even if the lines "this is an advertisement" were present as well.

    Why is it a big deal? I mean, did anyone not see this coming? We have the USB3 standard coming out (well, it's already out, but a lot of people still don't have the hardware for it) - was the application of USB3 to flash storage somehow not obvious? It was bound to happen sooner or later.

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