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1 out of 5 eggs Not Drobo compatible 03/09/2014

This review is from: Kingston 60GB Mini-SATA (mSATA) Internal Solid State Drive (SSD) SMS200S3/60G


Good price, good brand, small form factor


I bought it for my new Drobo 5N which refuses to use it due to a cache flushing issue with the SSD's Sandforce controller. Be sure to look at the Drobo tech notes for a compatible mSata drive since it needs cache flushing completion before acknowledgement to prevent data loss on a power failure.

Newegg specs say: "mSATA interface - fully compliant with industry standard, easy to fit, guaranteed to work" While I could have spent lots of time researching the nuances of the Drobo's mSata port, I had no idea I'd need to until it didn't actually work. The drive may be fine for other purposes, just not mine, hence the one egg.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Greg,
I'm Jewel with Kingston Technical Support. We apologize for the confusion about the product specifications. The Sandforce controllers we use in all of our SSD products do not use any cache features. It is always best to check the exact technical specifications of a product to make sure you find what you need. We are here to help and can make product recommendations to upgrade/update any of your devices. For any further assistance with Kingston products, please call us at 1-800-435-0640 (USA and Canada only) M - F 6am - 6pm PT and I or another available Technician will assist you. Please be sure to have the part in question on hand when you call.

Thank you for selecting Kingston as your upgrade partner.

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