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Where are all SSDs with native USB3.0 interface?

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February 28, 2012 11:19:32 PM

I'm working on 2-3 computers everyday and need to carry around data AND my applications as well. I need a fast portable storage unit. Now I use WD Passport with USB3.0, which is ok, though in regular 2.5" hdd, I don't think there is much difference between usb3 and usb2.

I searched and read a lot of articles and reviews for various portable solutions and it seems like there were portable SSD drives with USB3.0 native interface from the beginning, though it seems like they've disappeared. What happened? ex.
OCZ Enyo http://www.ocztechnology.com/ocz-enyo-usb-3-0-portable-... - discontinued a long time ago
IOmega something - same thing.
Kingston's solution - http://thessdreview.com/our-reviews/kingston-hyperx-max... is not a real USB3.0 SSD.

I really want every inch of performance, but it should be USB3.0, so I can use it on laptop, work pc, home pc and maybe some other PC's along the way. Can anyone explain to me the lack of USB3.0 SSD drives and/or come up with something better?
February 28, 2012 11:27:27 PM

Of course there are external enclosures, but I see two weaknesses:
1, all enclosures I could find have sata2 interface inside - I believe SSD can benefit at least a little bit from sata3
2, conversion from SSD's sata to USB3.0 withing the enclosure has to have some negative impact on performance
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March 1, 2012 3:26:30 PM

I thought I did my homework with google to be honest, but I was surprised that these devices are very very rare. That's why I was asking what am I missing. Iomega and Verbatim I saw somewhere, but they seem overpriced. Transcend I really like from brief google session, seems like I'm going after that one. Thank you Dereck for a tip.

There is certainly a lack of serious reviews and comparisons of these drives :( 
a c 283 G Storage
March 1, 2012 7:11:00 PM

I maintain the ssd database that is listed in the sticky at the very top of this forum section. Here is a list of possible external ssd's:

A-DATA S596 Turbo dual interface - SATA 2 6Gb/s and mini USB 2.0

IOMEGA Superspeed USB 3.0

OCZ Enyo USB 3.0

PQI S533-E USB 3.0

PQI S532-E SATA 2 and USB 2.0

PQI 530 eSATA and USB 2.0

PRETEC M2100 sata 2 AND USB

PURE SILICON Kage 1 USB 3.0

SUPER TALENT Ultradrive MX2 SATA 2 and Mini USB

SUPER TALENT eSATA Micro USB

VERBATIM Stor 'n' Go USB 3.0

VICTORINOX SSD eSATA and USB 3.0 (to be relased April 2012)

VICTORIX Slim 3.0 eSATA and USB 3.0 (to be relased April 2012)

WINTEC Filemate Mini SATA 2 and Mini USB 2.0

WINTEC Filemate Expresscard PCI-e and Mini USB 2.0

Here is a link to the ssd database:

http://www.johnnylucky.org/data-storage/ssd-database.ht...

You can scroll down to the different brands. Some of them have links to technical reviews. For example there are links to 4 technical reviews of the A-DATA S596 Turbo. I also listed links to the company product page for each ssd.

I do not have any Transcend ssd's listed. I will add them when I update the database this coming weekend. In the meantime here is the link to the Transcend USB 3.0 portable ssd product page:

http://www.transcend-info.com/products/CatList.asp?modn...

The OCZ Enyo is still available at a few vendors in the USA.
March 1, 2012 7:29:51 PM

thanks for links, I'll check it out,
kudos to your ssd database
a c 523 G Storage
March 1, 2012 7:31:45 PM

skroslak said:
kudos to your ssd database



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