Upgrading from a normal hard drive to a solid state drive can be quite expensive and for most people it really does not make that much sense. Solid state capacities are getting larger, but that just brings the price of the drives up even higher. Kingston wants to help people out who want to take advantage of the blazing speeds of solid state drives, but don’t want to break the bank. They have just released the SSDNow V-Series 30GB solid state boot drive. This drive will retail at around $100 and will allow you to load your operating system and applications on it for fast load times, and then you can just put all of your media on a normal SATA drive. This is a great upgrade option for people looking to get a solid state drive, but might not have that much extra money for one.
Features and Specifications
Sequential Speed: up to 180MB/s read, 50MB/s write
Performance: enhances productivity; makes users more efficient
Innovative: 2.5” for factor; uses NAND flash memory components
Silent: runs silent and cool with no moving parts
Reliable: less likely to fail than a standard hard drive
Shock Resistant: no moving parts; handles rougher conditions than a hard drive
Supports S.M.A.R.T.: Self-monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology
Guaranteed: three-year Kingston warranty, 24/7 tech support
Storage temperatures: -40C to 85C
Operating temperatures: 0C to 70C
Vibration operating: 20G peak, 10-2000Hz, (20min/Axis)x3 Axis
Vibration non-operating: 20G peak, 10-2000Hz, (12Cycle/Axis)x3 Axis, x 20min.
– Read: 1.4W (TYP), 2.5W (MAX)
– Write: 1.7W (TYP), 4.2W (MAX)
– Idle, standby, sleep: 55mw (TYP)
Life expectancy: 500,000 hours MTBF
The 30GB V-Series boot drive comes in Kingston’s retail packaging. The front of the package tells us that it’s a 30GB drive and that we received the desktop upgrade kit. On the back there is a list of features and package contents.
Opening the package up everything is nicely protected in a plastic clamshell. Opening that up we have the 30GB drive, 3.5-inch brackets, SATA power and data cable, mounting screws, and the CD that contains the installation guide and cloning software.