OCZ Prepares to Launch eSATA Flash Drives

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jibran_pcc

It certainly is an interesting idea, but I can’t help but wonder if this type of device is really necessary with USB 3.0 right around the corner. USB 3.0 has a maximum theoretical throughput of 4.8Gbps which would easily max out most flash memory keys several times over.moris

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Keith E. Whisman

If it were at least 100 to 200gigs in capacity it would be great as a system backup storage device. You could make a compressed image of your system hopefully compressed enough to fit within 100 to 200gigs. It would be speedy because it's ESATA and just about everyone has ESATA ports. I would buy this because I can use it for a long time. When USB 3 comes out everyone will have to upgrade their MB or install an ADD ON card inside an already packed case just to use a usb 3 device to its full potential.

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jikins999

Great idea and it's about time. USB3 isn't going to be fully implemented any time soon. New motherboards have esata ports. Getting a flash drive at internal hdd speeds is going to rock!

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johnny3144

i think this could go either way... depending on the price.

if this cost no more than 10% comparing to similar USB drives, then why the heck not? geeks would buy them cause they can use it with Esata at home, or USB at everywhere else(well worth 10% more cost), while non-geeks would buy them because geeksquad at best-buy told them it have 1 more thing than the other flash drive(trust me, they passed for something way more absurd before).

 

but if it cost like 30% more... then they might as well dub the drive "EPIC FAIL".

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Keith E. Whisman

Well actually you'll have to carry around a mini usb cable to use the mini usb port on the key.

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Vegan

Are there any eSATA ports on the fronts of any computers, even? I've only ever seen them in the back, and that would be a major pain in the ass.

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dazza145

the computer i have now has them but soon i expect more cases will have them

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Nick Burns

I've seen several new prebuilts that now include an eSATA port on the front of the chassis along side the standard USB/FW ports.

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Nick Burns

Both Ao-Lab and Kanguru have announced eSATA drives:
http://www.tweaktown.com/news/10098/portable_flash_drive_gets_esata_connector/index.html

http://www.storagenewsletter.com/news/flash/kanguru-esata-and-usb-flash-drive

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killerxx7

I bet they will make 1-2 batches then discontinue!

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Devo85x

Yes you read the title right... I think this is a horible idea, after USB 3.0 comes out then this will already be obsolite... not to mention that most nongeeks would never buy these since they dont know what esata is, and most geeks wont buy them because they cant take them and use them on every computer they use...

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QUINTIX256

There is a protocal behind it aswell. Your motherboard will never have USB 3.0 connectors inside instead of SATA for your internal hard drives.

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Devo85x

Im probibly just missunderstanding you but are you saying that you would buy one of these for use as a HDD/internal drive...? otherwise the use of ANYTHING on the motherboard becomes another argument...

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dazza145

i think it would be a good idea i would use it a lot because right now i use usb sticks and they are too slow i have a 16gb one and it takes forever to fill it.

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Gameaholic1337

Could this be used as a vista readyboost drive?

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