Solid State Drive: Shaken, Not Stirred

Solid State Drive: Shaken, Not Stirred

Sometimes you've just got to prove a point. The point that Super Talent wants to prove? Just how vibration resistant its line of MasterDrive MX Solid State Drives (SSD) are. And what better could prove the point than to attach a working, 120GB MasterDrive MX drive to a paint shaker, and show Windows humming away normally all the while: 

The test consists of a Super Talent MasterDrive SSD mounted on top of a paint shaker. The Windows® Vista® operating system and Tomb Raider game were installed on the SSD and the game was played for over 40 minutes while the SSD was shaking like crazy. Super Talent Marketing Director, Joe James said, "It's obvious when you see this video that no hard drive could sustain that kind of beating. Our MasterDrive SSDs, on the other hand, with no moving parts, are made for exactly this type of torture.


 

SSDs use NAND-based flash memory instead of the magnetic-based platters of traditional hard drives. In addition to their ruggedness, other advantages of SSDs are that they weigh much less than traditional drives, are much quieter, consume less power, and produce less heat. Super Talent's MasterDrive MX line comes in a standard 2.5-inch form factor, which can be swapped with traditional 2.5-inch hard drives. The MasterDrive MX drives use a 3Gbps SATA-II interface and come in 15GB, 30GB, 60GB, and 120GB capacities. The 120GB drive Super Talent used for its paint shaker demonstration presently sells for $669 on Newegg.

And this is where one of the primary disadvantages of SSDs come into play: price. SSDs still carry a hefty price premium versus traditional hard drives. Retailers sell traditional 2.5-inch 120GB hard drives for less than $100. Another advantage that traditional hard drive technology still has over SSDs is that traditional hard drives come in much higher capacities than SSDs currently do.  SSD technology is still young and over time prices will be sure to come down and capacities will come up. When SSD prices and capacities are finally competitive with traditional hard drive technology, the door will be wide open for SSDs to replace traditional drives. Until that happens, the primary market for SSD appears to be rugged laptops, mission critical and environmentally harsh embedded applications... and apparently, painters.
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this reminds me of the video on youtube of the asus lcd monitor which withstood a barrage of torture.

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Yup, cost more, store less, and have no significant advantages.  Regular HDDs for me, please. 

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Can't agree with you completely there Crisis. They do cost exponentially more, yes but read performance across an entire volume is solid, sustained and blistering fast. They also can put up with abuse that mechnical drives can't (as this video shows). They're the future of mobile computing storage and eventually of all storage. It's just a matter of when that's the question.

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Ehh.  I go running with my old 20GB HDD iPod and have no problems.  How often do people have problems with their HDD from movement?  Anyone here?

Yeah, they read faster.  Have no doubt, I would choose a 300GB SSD over a 300GB HDD - at the same price.  It is indeed a matter of when.  Once prices drop, they will become the dominant storage medium, undoubtedly.

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Crisis Causer:

Yup, cost more, store less, and have no significant advantages.  Regular HDDs for me, please. 

 

 

Going have to agree with you. I would like too inexpensive drivers with like a good capacity.

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Wait a few years and prices will drop as technological improvements make production cheaper - either that, or market forces will push down prices until they become competitive

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I still think we're at least 1.5 years away from them becoming mainstream.

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Yeah I do agree they are the future. But like most everyone has said I don't see them becoming mainstreem for a few years. But I can't wait till they are. Reliablility will be so much higher.

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They may be a while b4 they are the common drive. But think about it whats the slowest component performance wise on a PC. How long has it been since this part of technology has been updated. I'm choking from the bottleneck it's been like 2 decades. Plus how many here run a raid system with say 2 75 gig raptors and 1-3 or more 300GB-1TB storage drives. Then think of two of these puppies with your games multimedia (read rapid access here) and 3 750GB WD or Seagate numbers for your storage space you just increased your entire performance spectrum about 25%.........Maybe I overstate it a little bit but even a 10-15% performance increase system wide come on you know you want it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SSD should become more dominate in laptop for the movement factor and less space =o. hope prices come down in the next year or 2

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