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Fastest External Hard Drive is an SSD

by: admin Thursday, June 17th, 2010

EnyoThe OCZ Enoy is an ultra-fast external SSD that uses USB3 to crush any and all competition based on conventional hard drives.¬† For anyone with a need (or desire) for extremly fast external storage, the only alternatives are of course based on solid state drives. OCZ’s Enyo is available in 64GB, 128GB and 256GB capacities and with the help of MLC NAND flash and of integrated cache, the units¬† reach really high transfer rates using the SuperSpeed USB 3.0 interface.

Capacity
Read (MB/s)
Write (MB/s)
256GB
260MB/s
200MB/s
128GB
260MB/s
200MB/s
64GB
225MB/s
135MB/s

Enyo sends data over a USB 3.0 Micro B connector, and connected to a USB 3.0-capable computer they provides data rates up to 260MB/s. The higher-capacity 128GB and 256 GB variants offer better transfer rates than the 64GB model – specified to 260MB/s and 200MB/s respectively, whereas the 64GB model stops at 225MB/s and 135 MB/s, which is still extremely fast for an external drive.

There is also support for Garbage Collection (but not TRIM) and an MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure) value of 1.5 million hours. The drives are not only a lot faster but also a lot more expensive than their hard drive counterparts, currently starting at about $220 up to $736 depending on capacity.

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