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Solid State Drives come to NZ

By Gary R, in , posted: 19-Jun-2007 15:30

Flashcards are now listing 1.8, 2.5 and 3.5" Solid State Drives in a range of capacities up to 120GB.

A 32GB, 3.5", SATA Drive will set you back $9335.00 if that is not big enough there is always the 120GB, 2.5", IDE for $22,221.00

Believe it or not you can also purchase a 10 pack of 32GB, 2.5", SATA for $28,380.00, this is great option for those of you wanting to build a small RAID.

As a comparison to a standard HDD. I recently purchased a 320GB HDD for $140.00 which equals the equivalent of about $0.43 cents per 1GB. Compare this to an SSD:

3.5", 32GB -     $291.72 per GB
2.5" 120GB -    $185.17 per GB (bargain!)

According to Flashcards the major advantages of SSD over HDD is lower power, no moving parts, faster OS boot up, no noise, longer warranty and less generated heat.

I calculate that building a 3.2TB RAID for home use would cost me $666,630.00 which is my house, my cars and a big bank loan.

If you click here you check out the Flashcard SSD offerings, just be aware that if you order the delivery time is around 4 weeks.

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Comment by Juha, on 19-Jun-2007 17:11

The 2.5" 128GB one is only $13,948.00...

Author's note by Jama, on 19-Jun-2007 17:58

Correct - Juha, but that is the SATA version the IDE version is much more expensive.

Comment by juha, on 19-Jun-2007 21:49

Who uses IDE nowadays....?

Comment by Lizzo, on 3-Jul-2007 22:47

They are noiw stocking the 32GB from Samsung in both 2.5" IDE and also in the 1.8" MicroATA or Female IDE type. Price is $899 delivered to your door. Now I can't wait to get one when they are a little cheaper. But cost isn't everything. I just want a notebook that starts fast, lasts a long time, starts my apps immediately, has no seek time, gives great batt life, and doesn't need forensic recovery when I drop it again!

Ha, I don't want much, yes I do, and I also realise that I'm going to have to pay a bit for those extras that my current hard drive cant provide.

Best thing is that when I change to an SSD, I'll put my existing old drive in a cheap aluminium caddy and have 32/64GB on my lightening fast notebook and 80GB storage and back up on the drive that I use now, that I can carry around if I need to.

Bring on slightly cheaper SSD's. At the moment it's only for CEO's and rich uber geeks but it will trickle down!

I think that the old HD with 500G of movies will be here for some time to come, but that the SSD in my multi tasking notebook , and others too with 32GB or 64GB will be a sure thing in 6-9 months.

Viva la SSD, nice work flashcards!

Comment by robscovell, on 5-Jul-2007 23:01

Perfect for embedded stuff. I can see some major advantages to this, where the usefulness of an appliance outweighs the cost of the flash drive.
This massively expands the scope of low-power appliances.
I don't see it being so much a laptop or desktop thing, right now, though, or even in the near future, except maybe for luxury products.

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