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5.0 out of 5 stars I love this SSD!, May 11, 2009
This review is from: FileMate USB + PCI-e Express card 48GB SSD Retail (Personal Computers)
Used in my Macbook Pro 17" unibody. Since the cost of high performing laptop 2.5" SSDs are still unacceptably high, I decided to try this.

The performance is stellar, and I love it! I use it as my boot device now, and the internal drive for data. Using SpeedTools for Mac has shown sequential read speeds ~100mb/sec, sequential writes ~65mb/sec. Random speeds depend on the block size of course, but for 64k random reads, 64mb/sec, 64k random writes, 20mb/sec. This greatly exceeds the stock boot drives stats, 40mb/sec read/write sequential, 6mb/sec read/write random on 64k blocks.

This results in noticeable speed improvements with the OS. Boot times, app load times, and spinning-beach-ball-of-death times are all greatly reduced.

I conclude that this is an excellent device to utilize SSD without the unrealistic price tag of current laptop 2.5" SSD drives.

An additional bonus is that, using several, it is easy to boot any OS I want to: one card for Mac, one for windows. I can also pop my card out and put it into somebody else's mac to diagnose or operate their machine with my OS. I am in love with this card and will be buying more.
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Initial post: Jun 10, 2009 8:11:59 PM PDT
How did you get the Mac to boot from the ExpressCard?

In reply to an earlier post on Jun 18, 2009 9:28:23 PM PDT
Pancho says:
Carbon Copy Cloner shareware.

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 9, 2009 2:08:34 AM PDT
MC0282 says:
how did you get your windows to boot? Bootcamp fresh install or restore from disk utility?

Posted on Jan 31, 2010 10:40:36 PM PST
ab_ba says:
Has it lasted more than several months for you yet?

Posted on May 11, 2011 9:16:49 AM PDT
AM says:
Does it protrude out of the slot?

In reply to an earlier post on Oct 22, 2012 4:05:30 AM PDT
Blaze says:
I've been using one of these for about 2 and a half years, had it in 2 computers, and it gets used CONSTANTLY. I also DEFRAG it with iDefrag from time to time. Macbook Pro 17 inchers. This thing is HIGHLY recommended. I cant' see a reason why it would quit on me anytime soon.
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