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SanDisk Ships 60GB And 120GB S3 Solid State Drives

SanDisk Ships 60GB And 120GB S3 Solid State Drives

Another day, another new device from SanDisk. Shortly after the storage behemoth introduced their 64GB Ultra SDXC memory card, here comes something for the notebook users. The S3 solid state drive is a suitable replacement for the notebook HDD that's dragging you down so much, and it's available in two sizes (60GB and 120GB).

The flash-based drive couples speed and reliability into a stunning 2.5" form factor, and it also uses ExtremeFFS to "accelerate random write performance." It's said to be up to twice as fast as 7200RPM alternatives, with sequential performance of up to 220 megabytes per second (MB/sec) read and up to 120MB/sec write promised. The drive also supports the newest Windows 7 TRIM feature, which contributes to a substantial gain in the SanDisk G3 SSD’s performance by allowing the drive to continuously manage its resources and retain optimized performance throughout its lifespan.

The 60GB S3 is available now online for $229.99, and the 120GB model is also shipping for $399.99.


  • Long-term reliability: The 120 gigabyte (GB)* SanDisk G3 SSD can endure up to 80 terabytes (TB)* of data written to it over its lifetimeiv. The solid state drive uses a smart flash management system called ExtremeFFSTM technology that has the potential to accelerate random write performance and thus extend the endurance of SanDisk G3 SSDs inside computers that use operating systems such as Microsoft Windows XP and Windows 7.v
  • Rugged durability: SanDisk G3 SSD uses no moving parts, enabling improved durability that helps resist drive damage. Backed by rigorous shock and vibration testing procedures and a 10-year limited warrantyii, the drive offers some of the best-in-class quality assurance that could only come from a trusted leader in flash memory.
  • Fast performance: SanDisk G3 SSD opens files up to twice as fast as a 7,200 RPM HDDi, so users can enjoy faster boot-ups and improved system responsiveness. SanDisk G3 SSD has sequential performance of up to 220 megabytes per second (MB/sec) read speediii and up to 120MB/sec write speediii.
  • Lower maintenance costs: By replacing standard HDDs with SanDisk G3 SSDs, users can defer laptop purchase costs and reduce maintenance requests associated with disk drive failure.

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I wonder what price point these will be at. I was just trying to work on a Sandisk drive in a netbook, and finding support or updates for their products is an exercise in futility. Luckily I got another tool and was able to reinstall Windows (XP) on it, with a flash drive. I don't give that pSSD drive a year though, and one thing as well I was trying to find something to defrag or reorganize the drive, of course I never did find one. They said there was a firmware update, but it is only available through there auto updater feature on the site. You can see the update, but cannot get it. The whole exercise was very frustrating in general. Of course the drive is a first generation SSD "or pSSD as they call it", so I finally concluded it was and impossible task and removed the defrag utility so they don't kill the drive.

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I will say though that this drive looks miles better than that first gen one I worked on in the netbook. The price point is not bad either, maybe I will trade in one of my RAID 0 drives and throw this in with an OS image, and use the second drive in the RAID array as storage.

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