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Wintec FileMate 3FMS4D048JM-R ExpressCard 34 48GB ExpressCard 34 & Mini USB 2.0 MLC Internal / External Solid State Drive (SSD)

  • ExpressCard 34
  • 48GB
  • ExpressCard 34 & Mini USB 2.0
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Learn more about the Wintec Industries 3FMS4D048JM-R

General

Brand
Wintec
Series
FileMate
Model
3FMS4D048JM-R
Device Type
Internal / External Solid State Drive (SSD)

Physical

Form Factor
ExpressCard 34
Capacity
48GB
Memory Components
MLC
Interface
ExpressCard 34 & Mini USB 2.0
Controller
Jmicron
Height
0.2"
Width
2.95"
Depth
1.34"
Weight
0.05 lbs.

Performance

Sustained Sequential Read
Up to 115MBps
Sustained Sequential Write
Up to 65MBps


Features

Features
Fast data transfer speeds enabled by a true PCI-E interface

Includes a Mini USB 2.0 connector for use as external storage

No moving parts

Shock and vibration resistant

Low power consumption

Compatible with Microsoft and Mac operating systems

Manufacturer Warranty

Parts
2 years limited
Labor
2 years limited

Quick Info

Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Dennis C.
  • 8/11/2013 3:02:01 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year

2 out of 5 eggsWon't Last Works Good While It Does

Pros: Can't give anything that does not last when well taken care of and hardly used anything more than two eggs. Yes, it worked great while it lasted but the point is, it didn't last. I bought two of these, not from Newegg but that does not really matter. One lasted about 1 year and the other lasted almost two years. These were not in the laptop all the time, only when I needed them and they were both kept in plastic anti-static boxes when not in use.

Cons: One thing I noticed was that they ran really, really hot. The top of the laptop just above the express card slot got so hot you wouldn't want to keep your hand there very long. This is one of the reasons I only had them in the laptop when I was using them. That heat really had me worried.

Other Thoughts: I buy and use the Wintec Ampo memory sticks and haven't had any problems with them but I will never buy another one of these SSDs especially because at almost 3 bucks per GB it's really expensive and they don't last.

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  • Tyler F.
  • 11/23/2012 4:08:23 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsGood

Pros: Works well.

Cons: I was hoping for a bit faster read/write.

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  • John T.
  • 2/4/2012 9:28:06 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggswintec filemate

Pros: works slick, win7 loads drivers, you just initialize it , make a primary partition format and assign a drive letter. using 32 gig readyboost and moved my 8 gig swapfile to it , made girlfriends laptop much more snappy.

Cons: not real fast on read times

Other Thoughts: 100 mgbites per second read and .4 ms access in hd tack , not superfast read times but the quick access time must be what makes it fast. don't forget to also set up a perminate swapfile to use the left over space after maxing readyboost

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/13/2011 11:18:53 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsWoohoo!

Pros: Loaded OS on this and cut boot time in half. Does exactly what I bought it to do. Photoshop opens in the blink of an eye. Worth every penny if it lasts.

Cons: Price per gigabyte is still rediculous for SSD.

Other Thoughts: Awesome. Only way to have a fast ssd for os and a spinny for data storage in my laptop. Color me very satiafied. I just hope it lasts.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/13/2011 7:59:17 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

1 out of 5 eggsAwesome. Until it dies.

Pros: Nice and fast. New life for a laptop.

Cons: Odds are, it will die on you. And not a gentle, time-for-recovery death, but a suddenly-totally-dead death.

Other Thoughts: I gambled, I lost. Plenty of reviews here and elsewhere tried to warn me, but I had to try it for myself. It was great while it lasted, and I'm sold on SSD. But after less than three months, there is no bringing this thing back from the dead.

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  • William G.
  • 6/10/2011 12:00:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsVery Bad Investment

Pros: None

Cons: This purchase was a complete waste of money. The Wintec FileMate ExpressCard worked flawlessly for about two weeks. Then, I began to receive a "file corrupt" message, when I attempted to open documents stored on the ExpressCard. I formatted the card, it worked for a day, and then I began to receive "file corrupt" messages again. I formatted again. Same error messages. I spent over $100 on a piece of junk. I strongly recommend that you steer clear of any product made by Wintec. I have a similar card made by another manufacturer, and it has performed flawlessly for over eight months. It has been 40 days since I purchased the ExpressCard from NewEgg, so I cannot return the defective merchandise.

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  • Anonymous
  • 5/17/2011 3:55:15 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsReadyBoost?

Pros: (See my review below)

Cons: (See my review below)

Other Thoughts: I'm not sure about the experience of the previous reviewer. Me, I was able to use the drive for ReadyBoost without any problems whatsoever. The system is a Thinkpad T410 with Windows 7 64-bit.

All I had to do is right-click on the Wintec drive, select "properties", then the "ReadyBoost" tab... et voila.

BTW, the maximum ReadyBoost cache size is 32GB so the remaining space can be used for files. I too keep Outlook.pst on the Winntec drive.

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  • Bub L.
  • 4/22/2011 10:50:44 AM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsWorthwhile Upgrade (with Caveat)

Pros: Physical configuration -- Fit the Expresscard slot in HP EliteBook 8530p laptop well -- no exposed sides or parts protruding off the slot.

Originally, I intended to use this unit to run ReadyBoost on my laptop with Win 7 64-bit. Found out (after purchase) that Win 7 OS will not allow ReadyBoost to run off SSD drives -- and apparently the OS treats this unit like a SSD, and will not allow it to be used as ReadyBoost cache. So I had to buy & deploy a third party caching program to do this (eBoostr, in my case).

However, once caching was enabled (with 7 GBs dedicated to cache operations), it did speed up access to various applications. The improvement is not earth-shaking, but it is noticeable.

As noted, I dedicated only about 7 GBs for cache operations. I am using the remaining space to hold large files, for fast data accesss (for example, I keep my Outlook .PST file there). In my case, it did speed up the process of opening large files -- very nice.

Cons: Cannot be used natively with ReadyBoost on Win 7 64-bit; may require 3rd party program to do this -- see explanation above.

The unit does heat up at times, but the temperature spikes come and go. When it does heat up, it's annoying (in my case, I can feel the heat in my left hand palm rest area . . . .)

I read the other reviews about alleged data loss in the 96 GB version of the FileMate unit. I've had no problems with data loss or corruption so far (knock on wood).

Does not appear to have reduced system bootup time as much.

Other Thoughts: It's an useful product. Will make your laptop run faster -- but don't expect miracles; for that, get a full blown SSD and install OS and applications on it.

It's nice to use it like a 2nd laptop hard drive. I wish they had the unit in larger capac(ities), *without* data corruption complaints -- would have bought the 96 GB version of the unit, but for the reviews pointing to instances of data corruption.

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  • Anonymous
  • 3/31/2011 7:15:09 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood product

Pros: It looks like it's working as advertised. Transfer speed in the ExpressCard slot is minimum 88 MB/sec, maximum 105 MB/sec, and average 97.5 MB/sec. Access time is a cool 0.4 ms. That's for reading. I didn't test write speed but judging by the fact that the manufactured did not exaggerate the read numbers much, I would guess they are more or less as claimed (i.e around 65 MB/sec).

Cons: It's not as fast as a regular SATA SSD drive. But then again, if there is a faster ExpressCard SSD out there, I sure could not find it.

Other Thoughts: No write cache. No NCQ.

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  • Leland H.
  • 3/18/2011 5:58:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsWorks will with Unibody MacBook Pro

Pros: Cost, ease of use, included usb jack for use as usb drive AND includes a short USB cable

Cons: Small-ish capacity, not as fast as newer SATA SSD

Other Thoughts: This thing is a BREEZE to set up to use in a MacBook Pro, gives you faster performance by keeping the OS and apps on the drive. I keep my user folder on the internal drive because my documents folder and my music and itunes folder are HUGE.

BTW--I also made a separate 48GB partition on the internal drive (same size as this SSD) and use Disk Utility.app to make an image of the SSD from time to time. That way, if the SSD fails or even if you just want to remove it, you can boot the computer from the internal partition just the same way--only without the SSD speed.

I do this for security and backup, in addition to a wireless Time Machine backup.

In all, I believe this drive to be a fantastic value! Also, I have had ZERO problems with this expresscard SSD! NO overheating, NO corruption of data, NO bad performance... NOTHING like some reviewers have said. I think perhaps there was a bad production run at first, but I would feel free to buy this again! Recommended!

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