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Buffalo Unveils 256GB IDE-Based SSDs

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July 7, 2010 9:06:07 PM

Can't afford this...
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July 7, 2010 9:06:38 PM

Odd that such a high capacity drive would be aimed at that market? High price tag and slower speeds- why bother upgrading to that instead of a whole new setup (sata300/600 for that price?)
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July 7, 2010 9:08:28 PM

Well the performance might not be a huge boost, but battery life should go up and heat should drop.
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July 7, 2010 9:10:18 PM

Yep, upgrade your computer without buy an expensive new CPU and motherboard. Just buy a SSD for only $1220!
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July 7, 2010 9:11:19 PM

I lol'd when I saw the $1220
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July 7, 2010 9:19:13 PM

IDE connectors....disgusting...
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July 7, 2010 9:20:45 PM

rollerdiscoWell the performance might not be a huge boost, but battery life should go up and heat should drop.

Assuming the $1,220 price is a typo.
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July 7, 2010 9:21:38 PM

This must be geared towards the industrial market. A lot of machines like a press brake, shear, laser cutter, etc use a lot of legacy equipment (serial ports, ide connections, etc). Given some of the crazy environments this type of equipment is found in, it will be a blessing to move away from mechanical drives that could be infiltrated by dust particles. Plus businesses are less likely to bat an eye towards dropping $1,000 into a $150,000 machine.
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July 7, 2010 9:22:51 PM

YAPPH (Yet Another Pointless Piece of Hardware)
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July 7, 2010 9:23:22 PM

LMAO, pay 1200 to get a minor upgrade on a terrible computer rather than get a new mobo,cpu, and ram. You build a brand new i7 build, with that kind of dough.
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July 7, 2010 9:42:04 PM

otacon72Sadly it's not a typo. Another website is saying they will be availabe in Japan for 106,300 Yen.... 106,300Yen = $1,214US. What a stupid product.

WOW, yeah i agree. Dumb
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July 7, 2010 9:43:51 PM

1200 will get you a great PC and a really good laptop. but hey ya that minor speed increase is good too.../endsarcasm
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July 7, 2010 9:54:03 PM

Wow, fail. If you can't afford to upgrade your IDE board, you sure as hell can't afford this drive. Maybe a market for some old dedicated servers that can't easily be upgraded, but wow that is a high price.
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July 7, 2010 9:57:11 PM

I suspect this is for business users that have industrial-grade tough book pc's for specific uses in the field that cost a couple G's.

Some of these companies have proprietary programs and they can't use newer software so they only need a more rugged replacement hard drive to get by.

We still have a couple of applications where I work that are running on Windows 3.1 and 486 cpu's and replacing the failing hard drives has been a bit of a battle.
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July 7, 2010 9:58:42 PM

$1220? They are crazy. I rather buy a new laptop.
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July 7, 2010 10:07:19 PM

$1220. No thanks!

I rather upgrade the notebook instead...
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July 7, 2010 10:39:14 PM

IDE!? What are they thinking the transfer rates will be caped by the IDE port. It's like plunging a SSD with USB 1 port.
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July 7, 2010 10:41:54 PM

stapleton87Yep, upgrade your computer without buy an expensive new CPU and motherboard. Just buy a SSD for only $1220!

With only a IDE connector!
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July 7, 2010 11:28:58 PM

I can NOT believe such a market exists.

people are buying brand new sli powered quad core laptops and STILL skipping an SSD because they're too much!
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July 7, 2010 11:44:54 PM

Seriously? For $1,220 you could just buy a NEW laptop..way to go marketing dept.
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July 8, 2010 12:18:50 AM

What waste... Upgrade!
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July 8, 2010 12:30:52 AM

I had interest for a moment till I had seen the price then I was turned off. Sure this is great for us who keep using old clunkers or finally decide to use the one remaining IDE port on our newer rigs when all the sata ports are used and don't want to buy a raid controller.

This drive is "Weird Al" Yankovic - Christmas At Ground Zero" on your wallet.
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July 8, 2010 12:51:05 AM

What a waste of r/d for something so stupid. I guess for those who can't let go of their old ass laptop. The same guy that would spend that much money to cap a ssd's performance is the same guy would put a toilet seat cover and toilet paper in his outhouse 'cause it was supposedly keeping up with the times.
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July 8, 2010 12:53:48 AM

Why on earth would I buy $1200 drive for a dying/outdated laptop. Rather get a new laptop which could efficiently use the speed boost given by a SSD
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July 8, 2010 1:02:23 AM

Next up from Buffalo, a 128gb Serial port thumb drive!
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July 8, 2010 1:16:14 AM

jseatremblayNext up from Buffalo, a 128gb Serial port thumb drive!

Sold at 2000$
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July 8, 2010 2:04:30 AM

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For consumers with low budgets, this may be a cheap way to increase performance


WOW US$1200.00 is not a cheap budget well you can get a 256GB SSD PCIE card for that price running at Read: up to 750MB/s Write: up to 500MB/s

WHY USE IDE ??? PART OF A OLD 2004 PC ????
CAN YOU EVEN STILL GET IDE HARDWARE ANYWHERE ?????

  1. OCZ Z-Drive R2 P84 OCZSSDPX-ZD2P84256G PCI-E 256GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD)
  2. * $1,195.00
  3. * $5.99 Shipping
  4.  
  5. * PCI-E
  6. * 256GB
  7. * PCI Express
  8.  
  9. * Sequential Access - Read: up to 750MB/s
  10. * Sequential Access - Write: up to 500MB/s
  11. * Power Consumption (Active): 12W


http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductList.aspx?Submit=E...
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July 8, 2010 3:17:39 AM

thats because its Buffalo, a stupid company that should have gone out of business years ago.
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July 8, 2010 7:23:47 AM

Who cares about IDE any more?I have got 2 IDE HDDs failing in a space of 6 months of usage.
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July 8, 2010 7:48:18 AM

Are we going backwards?
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July 8, 2010 11:10:26 AM

WarraWarraWOW US$1200.00 is not a cheap budget well you can get a 256GB SSD PCIE card for that price running at Read: up to 750MB/s Write: up to 500MB/sWHY USE IDE ??? PART OF A OLD 2004 PC ????CAN YOU EVEN STILL GET IDE HARDWARE ANYWHERE ?????Code :o CZ Z-Drive R2 P84 OCZSSDPX-ZD2P84256G PCI-E 256GB PCI Express MLC Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) * $1,195.00 * $5.99 Shipping * PCI-E * 256GB * PCI Express * Sequential Access - Read: up to 750MB/s * Sequential Access - Write: up to 500MB/s * Power Consumption (Active): 12Whttp://www.newegg.com/Product/Prod [...] %20%241250

For that price you could buy a new PC!
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July 8, 2010 12:26:38 PM

whats funny is this was answered in the 9th comment. this will probably not find its way into many actual laptops but rather find its way into industrial use where alot of things manafactured with ide only into it would cost more money than many people myself included will make in a year. so yea when replacing a hardrive and bringing up the boot to restore machinery this is in fact going to have a maret... now a consumer end person putting this in a older laptop i agree that would be pretty retarded
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July 8, 2010 3:28:55 PM

"For consumers with low budgets, this may be a cheap way to increase performance without buying a new motherboard and processor."

"This particular drive will be priced at $1,220 when it hits the market"

OK, on what planet is it cheaper to pay that much for a hard drive than upgrade the motherboard, CPU and RAM. Hell, forget the upgrades you could buy a whole computer for that price.
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July 8, 2010 5:18:25 PM

dark-lord69

Like I said, there are industrial usages for older tech that just can't be replaced with new hardware due to proprietary or specialized software/hardware issues.

Some of these systems cost tens of thousands of dollars and either can't be replaced or the replacement costs tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars - which usually can't be justified in this economy.

I just remembered we have an old Sheffield Indicorder (precision roundness and surface profile measuring device) here that used an 8088 cpu which we upgraded a couple years ago to (i think) a 286. We went from a tractor drive printer to a bubble jet and from an 8" monochrome grey/black monitor to 15" CRT AND have a small HDD verses (2) 3.5 floppies

We spent a couple thousand to upgrade it (EBAY parts and a technician visit).

Replacing it would cost over $50,000. It still works - most of the time.
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July 8, 2010 5:24:01 PM

wayneepalmerdark-lord69 Like I said, there are industrial usages for older tech that just can't be replaced with new hardware due to proprietary or specialized software/hardware issues. Some of these systems cost tens of thousands of dollars and either can't be replaced or the replacement costs tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars - which usually can't be justified in this economy.I just remembered we have an old Sheffield Indicorder (precision roundness and surface profile measuring device) here that used an 8088 cpu which we upgraded a couple years ago to (i think) a 286. We went from a tractor drive printer to a bubble jet and from an 8" monochrome grey/black monitor to 15" CRT AND have a small HDD verses (2) 3.5 floppiesWe spent a couple thousand to upgrade it (EBAY parts and a technician visit).Replacing it would cost over $50,000. It still works - most of the time.

This is made for netbooks and other devices like it but the price tag is horrible. Sure if it was made for professional equipment then it might a little better. Plus the IDE cable caps the transfer rate at the normal HHDs speeds.
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July 8, 2010 8:59:19 PM

UserremovedThis is made for netbooks and other devices like it but the price tag is horrible. Sure if it was made for professional equipment then it might a little better. Plus the IDE cable caps the transfer rate at the normal HHDs speeds.



I am hopign that this was actually initially made for industrial use and that some reporter somewhere decided that it was meant for an ssd for older laptops... if the company made these with laptop users in mind then they may have accidently stepped in a gold mine .. sucess by complete failure
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