Active Media Products Debuts 16/32GB eSATA USB SSD Drive

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News Posted: Mon, Mar 22 2010 12:17 PM
It's a USB flash drive, or is it? Active Media Products, which is a mainstay in the flash memory and storage industries, has just released a unique new take on the typical flash drive, and rather than usign the new USB 3.0 standard, they're choosing to use something else entirely: eSATA.

eSATA is an underutilized port that transfers data far quicker than USB, but early models required an accompanying USB port for power, so many people just overlooked it. Now, many eSATA ports have USB capabilities built in so that power can also be ported through, and if you need a new flash drive with USB 3.0-like speed (but don't have a USB 3.0 card), this might do the trick.

The new eSATA Flash Drive promises transfer speeds of 100MB/sec and comes in both 16GB and 32GB sizes. Both devices are stuffed with MLC NAND flash memory, and they come in a gloss black polymer case that measures only 3.1 x 1.1 x 0.4 inches. They are available now worldwide through Amazon for $69.95 (16GB) and $109.95 (32GB).


eSATA USB SSD Drive
This new hybrid drive brings the speed of an SSD to a convenient eSATA flash storage device. By combining both eSATA and mini USB 2.0 ports into the same device it offers compatibility with virtually any computer. Take advantage of the lightning fast read speeds up to 100MB/sec in an eSATA port, or make avail of the USB interface in computers that lack an eSATA port. Pack 16GB or 32GB of data onto this drive and slip it into your pocket to take with you anywhere.

Features
- eSATA and Mini USB 2.0 ports
- USB cable included
- Eyehole for attaching to a keychain or lanyard

Specifications
- Read speeds up to 100MB/sec
- Write speeds up to 55MB/sec
- Both eSATA and Mini USB 2.0 ports
- USB cable included
. (USB cable is required in eSATA port, for power source)
- Fully compatible with USB 2.0 and 1.1; both Mac and PC
- Supports Windows® 7 / Vista / XP / 98, Linux
- Hot plug-and-play
- No driver required for most operating systems
- Data retention: 10 years
- Dimensions: 3.1 x 1.1 x 0.4 inches (80 x 29 x 11 mm)
- Capacities: 16GB - 32GB
  
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bbdl replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 2:14 PM

I have a memory stick, but my computer is old enough not to have an external sata plug in. This does seem nice though, and I see the point in it I have as I mentioned a memory stick, but it is usb 2.

I do see a big point in these advancements though as everything seems to be moving to mobility in general.

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Inspector replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 5:02 PM

Wait whats the USB cable for now?

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RyuGTX replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 6:12 PM

Under specifications, it states that the "USB calbe is require in eSATA port, for power source."

 

Seems like wording is a bit off which is causing confusion. My only guess is that if you have an older eSATA port (which doesn't have USB capabilities like power through the port), then there is an included USB cable for power.

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Inspector replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 9:46 PM

YA but what does that mean??? Is it to extend your connection? does the stick have a place where it needs to be plugged in to along with the esata port for power? ETC... i just don't get what that really meant...

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Since almost all USB drives are SSD, I really don't see the point, unless you really need something to placate a need for buying something new right now.
Now at this price you are still able to buy a much larger passport drive, that will still be useful for a few more years. Plus a regular USB 32Gb drive is the same as this and probably cheaper, and it can port to many more connections.
Something like this would be a good example of wait until it comes down in price, or at least until USB 3.0 becomes more readily available. What happens when USB 4.0 comes out. :P
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Zestia replied on Mon, Mar 22 2010 10:49 PM

Very cool. I like it. It's a bit pricey at the moment but it should drop a fair deal by year's end. I think I'm adding it to my Christmas tech gifts list either for me of for my nephew, or both.

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Pretty pricey for one of those puppys wow

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