Storing data on a computer used to require a hard drive. That’s still true today, but now solid-state drives (SSD) are all the rage. And for good reason, because they’ve no moving parts and work faster than their physical hardware contemporaries. So OWC’s 480GB Neptune 2.5″ Serial-ATA Solid-State Drive is at the right place and at the right time for your computer.
Starting with the obvious, it’s too small to just fit inside a computer’s drive bay — it’s a 2.5″ drive of negligible weight after all. No big deal — just spend a couple of $$ to get a drive holder adapter, connect them together and then just insert it where a 3.5″ drive would have gone in the first place. Besides not needing to connect any cables or power supplies, in most cases no driver is needed to have it sync up with the computer it’s now a part of (known for a fact with a Mac and pretty sure the same holds true for PCs). Of course OWC (Other World Computing, makers of this guy) has online videos showing you how to get it from the packaging to the computer, so no stress there. And should you want to use it as an external drive, spend a couple of $$ to get an enclosure for it and there’s your newest portable.
Now one big advantage right away is that there’s no added heat going into the computer’s chassis — the Neptune is solid-state, meaning that there’s absolutely no moving parts. That obviously makes it more dependable than a spinning hard drive, but that’s just the start of why a SSD is so cutting-edge. For one thing, there’s reliability because onboard tech works at data redundancy and error-correcting and intelligent recycling to keep the drive functioning efficiently and effectively. But all you need to know is that it works exactly like the hard drives you know and hate, only now you’re going to be appreciative because sluggishness ain’t going to be a part of the equation no more.
The Neptune has 480 gigabytes of memory, but it also comes with 6GB of extremely fast cache — speeding up the process of transferring data to/from the computer. It’s a Serial-AT interface (SATA 3.0 compliant) and so can provide reading speeds of up to 511 MB/second and writing speeds of up to 488 MB/second. That might just sound good looking at it here, but when running that translates into one heck of a faster computer all of a sudden. Beats having to replace the computer because it’s no longer “too slow” and it was never about the CPU anyway.
The 480GB Neptune 2.5″ Serial-ATA Solid-State Drive is at the right price too — retailing for $149.99 — and is suitable for use as a single drive or in multiple drive production workstation RAID 0/1/10/0+1 and SPAN usage. Also RoHS Compliant so nothing’s been left out. Except maybe that it doesn’t come formatted — big deal since you can do that yourself. And will.