For those still using an IDE / PATA interface, Apacer's new range of SSDs may offer a viable upgrade.
Though most modern consumer computers have moved onto the SATA interface, many industrial and enterprise computers still use the relatively inefficient and slower IDE / PATA interface. Apacer has clearly targeted this market with its new lineup of "value added" PATA Solid State Drives which aim to offer a viable upgrade option to consumers. These drives offer a maximum capacity of 256 GB and feature a variety of security and transmission enhancements such as PIO Mode-4, MWDMA Mode-2, Ultra DMA-6, 72-bit ECC function, wear-leveling technology, and the S.M.A.R.T. self-monitoring analysis reporting technology.
The SSDs also come with Apacer's three tier data protection options, namely "Full Erase", "Destroy" and "Write Protection". The former ensures effective and complete erasure of data stored in the User Block and Free Block to prevent data theft, Destroy is an "advanced cleaning technology" that clears data from the storage and system blocks and meets the requirements of "national defense-class surveillance facilities. Finally, Write Protection offers data protection and is based on the concept of virtualization of the write-in process, which allows the user to choose from executing the write-in command or store the data in a temporary space. Under the temporary mode, the data is not written into the flash; instead it is stored independently from the operating system. Therefore, when abnormal activities are discovered in the system, one simple reboot will make the temporary virtual data disappear completely and effectively.
Apacer's lineup of SSDs are available in two configurations, the 2.5" 44 pin AFD 257 and the 1.8" 40 pin AFD 187 and offers a storage capacity of up to 256 GB.