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Transcend 8GB 2.5" PATA Industrial Solid State Disk TS8GIFD25

  • 2.5"
  • PATA

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Quieter than a whisper, less power-hungry than a mechanical drive, able to leap off your tabletop while running and probably survive. Look in My Computer: it's . . . well, it looks like an ordinary hard drive, doesn't it?

Far from ordinary, though, this 8 GB solid state hard drive Transcends its electro-mechanical counterparts. Using the standard 2.5 inch form factor and the common IDE (ATA) interface, it looks like a meek mild-mannered hard drive, but having no moving parts, it is shock resistant to an unprecedented degree, and is not "virtually silent", it IS silent. Smaller power requirements mean less heat generated and longer battery life.

Whether you like using your laptop while jouncing across the veldt on safari or you just don't want your five year old to break the drive again, this may very well be the drive for you. We'll wait right here while you decide for yourself.

  • newegg SSD Storage Technology Acting without any moving parts, the Transcend TS8GIFD25 solid state drive (SSD) boasts multiple advanced features including zero mechanical noise, faster data rates compared to conventional HDDs, ultra-low power consumption and impressive shock, vibration and extreme temperature resistance. With these breakthrough capabilities, the SSD meets all the demanding requirements for high-performance data storage.
  • newegg IDE Interface The Transcend TS8GIFD25 is fully compatible with devices and OS that support the IDE standard, offering a convenient solution for expanding storage capacity of any IDE-compliant device.

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  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 1 year
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  • Craig F.
  • 6/6/2008 11:25:21 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggs8 gb SSD

Pros: highly resistant to fisical shock, runs cooler and quieter than standered disk & the machine boots quicher than a standard disk
seems to speed machine up when the compurer uses the dirve for its vertual memory

Cons: a little slower on the install than a standard disk but not unreasonable

Other Thoughts: over all i think the drive was worth the money

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  • Robert F.
  • 6/3/2008 2:36:10 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month

3 out of 5 eggsYou do know...

Pros: N/A

Cons: Cost. Better alternitive below.

Other Thoughts: Guys.. you do know that for laptop applications they have a 2.5" ATA-Serial and ATA-6 adapters that interface into a Compact Flash Card right? Same exact things for Serial and IDE.

I mean there's you solid state right there... But make sure you are comparing the Read/Write times w/ the Solid State Hard-drive you want to buy and the Compact Flash you want to get. Because right now the fastest Compact Flash is a IV made by San Disk that only Writes at 40MB/Sec.

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  • matt h.
  • 12/5/2007 7:18:58 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsnot too bad

Pros: less heat and quiet, havent tested the power consumption yet

Cons: not that fast, but this isnt top of the line SSD either, so i didnt expect it to be fast. (i got it for less power consumption, heat and noise)

Other Thoughts: in regard to the vfat file system, the drive comes with a dos partition table and vfat file system. i have no idea why, i dont think anyone uses that anymore. (ntfs, hfs+, ext3, reiser ?) i installed this on my ibook g4. put a mac partition table on it with a partition for linux (reiser) and osx (hfs+). it works fine. like i said before, its not faster than the mechanical drive. the drive shows up as a slave (hdb, not hda) and when installing i dont recall seeing a jumper for primary or slave, dont know why.. oh well.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/21/2007 8:47:42 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsA Cooler & Quiet Laptop

Pros: The nature of solid state drives means there is no noticable heat coming from the drive. Since this is enclosed in my laptop, I practically feel no heat other than the heat from my laptop's CPU. In addition, there is literally no operating noise. So now, my laptop starts nicely, no heat, NO SOUND. NO FAN!!!!! (fan is temperature based)

Cons: There is no real performance gain other than random read performance. Windows menus pop out faster, programs are a little more snappy. No noticable disk write enhancements. It's about the same speed or slower write speed for program installs. I have yet to try installing a full OS on there so that might be a different thing altogether.

Other Thoughts: It needs a built in cache in future editions to enhance performance. The cost does not justify the performance gain (if there was any). However, the cost does justify the elimination of any hard drive noise (which is, in most cases, 99% of the noise from the laptop) and heat issues. In the end, this is a cool and quiet PC upgrade more than anything else. And since my 7200rpm 2.5" drive melted the rubber feet off my laptop, I consider heat and noise an important issue warranting a 4 star review.

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  • Anonymous
  • 7/10/2007 7:59:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsGood for some things

Pros: - Low power
- No noise
- High reliability
- Shock resistant
- Quick access time

Cons: - Low throughput
- Small capacity
- Expensive

Other Thoughts: I bought this device to run my Linux firewall system. I expect it to excel in that task since my primary criteria there is reliability. However, being the curious technical sort I decided to experiment a little first.

I installed it in my test mule system and then loaded Windows XP Pro on it. My test mule has a dual core AMD Athlon64 X2 4200+, 2GB of memory, and an nForce4 SLI chipset. The system was not overclocked during the test. I didn't do exhaustive, objective testing. I'll leave that for the guys at Anandtech.

The installation of XP and subsequent device drivers was very slow. Subjectively speaking I'd estimate it took about twice as long as with my regular Raptor hard drive. Once loaded, the system booted quickly and launched applications quickly. However, anything involving writing back to the "disk" was rather slow.

The device does have some strong points but don't buy it thinking it will speed up your system.

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  • Don S.
  • 6/29/2007 6:06:20 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day

5 out of 5 eggsI question the previous review

Pros: -

Cons: -

Other Thoughts: VFAT is a filesystem. A computer's BIOS doesn't know what filesystem is on a drive. It only knows it's an IDE drive of a certain raw size. If you want a different filesystem, repartition the drive if necessary, then reformat it to whatever filesystem you want. You should be able to install Linux or any other OS as long as it fits on a drive that size. If you don't understand something that basic you probably won't be able to do much with Linux anyway.

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  • Brice H.
  • 6/4/2007 12:49:26 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsGood product

Pros: Easy installation on my IBM laptop.
No noise and no heat.

Cons: It is seen by the BIOS as a VFAT drive, meaning you can install Windows XP on it, but you can NOT install LINUX on that drive.

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