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Wintec FileMate SolidGO 48GB ExpressCard 34 with Mini USB 2.0 External Solid State Drive (SSD) 3FMS4D48M-WR

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  • 48GB
  • ExpressCard 34 with Mini USB 2.0

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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
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  • Zac S.
  • 10/14/2010 5:02:12 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Fast, fits in ExpressCard/34 slot (otherwise unused connection on my laptop).

Cons: Rather expensive. Gets warm, very warm. Not particularly stable (mechanically) in an EC/54 slot, though that is not the card's fault (some companies make attachments that can help with this).

Other Thoughts: I use it with persistent cache software (like EBoostr) instead of Windows' built-in ReadyBoost for better cache hit rates (files stay cached across boots). Used this way, it is cheaper than a large laptop SSD and provides a lot of the performance boost. Would be nice to also be able to use if for the hibernation file, but I can't boot from it on my PC (firmware limitation) and Windows can only hibernate to the boot volume.

It can be uncomfortably warm if you have it too near some body part for a long time while it is in-use. Some PCs have the EC/34 slot a bit too close to the palmrest for comfort in this context.

Had one for almost a year and recently purchased another for a different machine; no failures so far, but since I'm only using them as persistent caches, most of the activity they see is reads, with only occasional (and often large) writes.

Works best if you install manufacturer's driver; Windows sees it but the built-in driver does not use it optimally.

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  • Scott A.
  • 8/28/2010 2:46:40 PM
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDied twice

Pros: Faster than any other flash drive of its kind.

Cons: Runs hot. Have now had two die.

Other Thoughts: My first one died after about 4 months use a the system drive in my MacBook Pro. Had it replaced under warranty. Decided that maybe use as the system drive was required was perhaps beyond design specs. So I used the second as a data drive. It died in 4 Months too. Beginning to think anything other than occasional use might be beyond design specs. Won't be replacing it.

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2 out of 5 eggsone of a kind but short life span

Pros: good speed on both usb(30-36mbps) and express card(85mbps).

Cons: very short life..just died unresponsive..
sent it for rma, and will be getting a replacement. but even not sure how much the replacement gonna last.
used it like occasionally.
gets warmer as compared to other drives

Other Thoughts: if it could have a long life, it got no match.
should have invested on regular 2.5" ssd.

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  • Anonymous
  • 8/10/2010 9:59:37 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsCache in your pocket

Pros: - Blazing fast
- Reliable
- Simple
- Purchased during rebate offer

Cons: - Hit or miss, but worth the effort

Other Thoughts: I read a lot of reviews on this product before I purchased it, and was a little leery based on reliability reports. That's part of the reason I've waited eight months to write this review. The unit that was originally shipped to me was a dud, and probably came from a substandard lot. That doesn't say much for FileMate's Q/A. I returned that unit for a prompt replacement. (Thanks NewEgg!) I've been using the new one ever since without so much as a hiccup. It is installed in my MacBookPro3,1 and gets used several hours everyday for both work and personal tasks. The OS is installed on the FileMate SSD and my personal files are stored on the internal drive. I managed to install 2 x 4GB DIMMs and run MacOS in 64 bit mode, so I've turned off swap completely. If you must utilize swap space, I would suggest moving it to a physical disk to maximize the life of your SSD. The performance benefits have been well worth the price, and have extended the useful life of my MacBook Pro significantly.

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  • Richard F.
  • 7/17/2010 11:27:48 AM
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggscaveat emptor

Pros: Fits into an expressCard slot

Cons: Runs extremely hot (well documented by others)
Not that fast
Poor return per $
Not returnable to newegg
Longevity undetermined (see other reviews)

Other Thoughts: Have new Precision M4500, need extra storage. (my bad, went with the small SSD).
Tried three things so far: Filemate, SanDisk Extreme SD card, Seagate Goflex with esata. My tests: 1) copying from my SSD to the target: outlook files (2.3GB in 9 files), xpmode vhd (1.1 GB file), 7000 smallish files (under 100K each); 2) unzip an archive (of the 7,000 small files) on the target.
Surprised how fast the esata was! 24 secs for outlook, 12 secs for vhd, 38 secs for small files, 92 secs for unzip. Filemate: 40 secs for outlook, 17 secs for vhd, 46 secs for small files, 110 secs for unzip; SD card: 40 secs for outlook, 70 secs for vhd, over 600 secs for small files (both copying and unzipping).
Filemate costs $3.5/GB ($169 for 48 GB), and the Seagate $0.26 /GB ($99 for 500 GB + $29 cable); the Seagate is faster in all tests, and has no impact on system temperature (trackpad was losing its mind from the heat near the end of my test).
Hope others can learn from my experience.

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  • Joseph H.
  • 5/24/2010 10:04:15 PM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsBroke then horible RMA process

Pros: While it works it performs great and lets you get some use out of the seldom used expresscard slot

Cons: Data gets corrupted often, requires a reformat. Eventually even that didn't work. I sent mine in for RMA more than 2 weeks ago and can't get anybody on the phone or any idea as to when I will get a replacement. Support doesn't respond by email and doesn't call you when you leave messages

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5 out of 5 eggs3 month of solid performance

Pros: I'm doing a lot of graphic/video work, and installed it in my macbook pro 15" 2008. It's been working wonders and is much faster than my original 7200 RPM. So far, so good. Excellent purchase as Photoshop, Bridge and Ae now start considerably faster than before. The computer is overall much more responsive event when dealing with email, browsing, etc.

Cons: Size of course. You really have to limit the amount of apps you're using, move your user folder to the hard drive (options in accounts for osX), and eventually use a product like xslimmer. After an improper BootCamp setup, the computer sometimes does not detect the drive and requires to select the drive at boot, but it does not happen very often.

Other Thoughts: I think the price is appropriate for the performance boost it provides. You forget you're working on a laptop after a while.I would definitely have purchased a larger-sized unit as 48 GB is a little too cozy for my taste (especially after using app such as final cut studio…) but oh well.

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  • Laszlo M.
  • 3/4/2010 5:38:27 PM
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsFileMate NOT SolidGo !!

Pros: Expresscard format,plug and use. Faster than regular 7200rpm HDD laptop drive.Great idea for MBP 17".I liked it as long as it worked.

Cons: Only 3 weeks and it was blown!! Had to reinstall Snow Leopard.Could not do it for 3 days,because I did not have an install dvd with me.
Reformatted=no good

Other Thoughts: I read the reviews,but I was hoping it would last at least 6 months,before it breaks.I bought 2 years replacement plan, but returned it to Newegg,who was great to refund All My Money! Thank you Newegg!It is Not your fault!
This product is flawed, DO NOT BUY or you'll regret!
I bought an SSD drive,and put it in the optical bay,with an adapter.
Xbench points went from 124 to 204 almost double speed so it is worth it.

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  • Ryan R.
  • 2/17/2010 9:54:34 PM
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsBlazing Fast!!

Pros: Wow.. after spending a few hours figuring how to get my dell to boot to an expresscard with a BIOS that lacks that feature, the work finally paid off! This card is at least 2-3 times faster than my 320gb drive!

My fruity OS used to take 1:30 seconds to boot and now it boots in 30 seconds. Photoshop took 15 seconds to open and now is ready in 4! Firefox took 10-15 seconds to open with all my extensions and now takes 2. This was totally worth it, assuming it lasts!

Cons: None so far, but what do I know I have only had it for less than a day. Also few laptops have the option to boot expresscards, so look into that first. If you are lucky great, if not then you better know how to manipulate bootloaders to get into the OS you want whether that is Windows, Linux or OSX.

Other Thoughts: Some say it runs hot, but these things are meant to be under a lot of heat. And people say the same about regular hard drives.. "this drive is too hot, I could fry an egg on it, yadda, yadda, yadda." Look at the google hard drive report, before you tell me a hard drive is too hot.

If anything those people are probably spraying these things down with cans of air causing fast temperature changes and stressing these things even more to the point of failure.

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  • Eric C.
  • 1/30/2010 7:44:22 AM
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood Product

Pros: Works great as the primary scratch drive for Photoshop CS4.

Cons: Gets hot.

Other Thoughts: This drive should be used as additional storage as opposed to a boot drive. It simply runs to hot, my Zalman 2000 set on high can keep it at a reasonable temp but I still would not trust it as my primary drive.

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