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Put That eSATA Port To Good Use With A Dual-Interface Flash Drive

By Luke Anderson

I have two computers that sport eSATA ports on them that I’ve never touched. Sure, I even went the extra mile and made sure that the front ports on the case were hooked up, just in case I ever actually came across something useful that took advantage of it. It might finally come in handy if I ever picked up one of these new SSD drives from AO-Lab.

The new drive will instantly bring to mind thoughts of a USB flash drive, which is sort of is. It even has a USB connector, however, it also works with eSATA. If you happen to have a port that will take advantage of it, you can get read speeds that are almost 3x faster and write speeds that are twice as fast than if you used it with USB. If you’re one that does a lot of data transferring, this might be something to look into when it comes out. It will debut in 8, 16 and 32GB flavors. No word on pricing or availability.

[ AO-Lab ] VIA [ EverythingUSB ]







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  • skeptic

    I call bullshit. The bottleneck on flash drives is the memory itself, not the USB2.0 throughput. USB2.0 throughput is 60MB/s. But you are lucky to find a flash drive that can read at better than 35MB/s. Using a connection with faster throughput does not improve the speed of the memory chips.

  • Scott_T

    Ditto to what skeptic says.

  • Rimka

    If you read the article it states that this isn't flash memory, it's a Solid State Drive (SSD), which can reach significantly higher speeds (Samsung just released one that does 200 MB/s). So while this won't FULLY utilize my poor SATA port it will certainly go much further then a flash drive

  • Rimka

    If you read the article it states that this isn't flash memory, it's a Solid State Drive (SSD), which can reach significantly higher speeds (Samsung just released one that does 200 MB/s). So while this won't FULLY utilize my poor SATA port it will certainly go much further then a flash drive

  • Scott_T

    Ditto to what skeptic says.

  • Rimka

    If you read the article it states that this isn't flash memory, it's a Solid State Drive (SSD), which can reach significantly higher speeds (Samsung just released one that does 200 MB/s). So while this won't FULLY utilize my poor SATA port it will certainly go much further then a flash drive