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PhotoFast G-Monster eSATA V2 Portable SSD on a Stick (Page 1)

SSD on a stick, tasty for some - but is this technology ready for the mainstream yet?
Chris Ramseyer | Sep 3, 2009 at 10:58 am CDT - 1 min, 43 secs reading time for this page
Rating: 90%Manufacturer: PhotoFast

PhotoFast G-Monster eSATA V2 Portable SSD on a Stick 01 |


Portable storage is great and many enthusiasts have collections of USB thumb drives that we seem to acquire. My mother called me the other day wanting to know if she could copy and paste a Word Document to take to the office like she does with pictures. Even though she has never transferred a doc before she had three thumb drives sitting on her desk. If she has three then I know you have at least five!

NAND Flash memory is really changing the way we work with portable storage. USB has enabled us to take documents, pictures and other commonly used files with us for many years now, but the interface can now be referred to as slow since the capacity has grown into sizes of hard drives just a few years ago.

eSATA has been widely adopted by the industry and if your motherboard doesn't have a port on the back, most likely it comes with a bracket to give users access to blazing fast external storage. Even if your motherboard lacks any eSATA ports, most new PC cases have a dedicated eSATA port within reach making the tech accessible to all. The next generation of eSATA puts power at the port and in the coming months nearly every case will implement this feature. Power at the port is going to give eSATA the convenience of USB while maintaining the high transfer speed rates of SATA.

PhotoFast has been producing products that are on the cutting edge. Their G-Monster V5 and V4S push the limits of SATA and the G-Monster Promise PCIe takes solid state drives to the next level by eliminating the SATA bottleneck. For PhotoFast the horizon is just the starting point and they are now taking what they have learned from SSDs and moving it into the portable market. The new PhotoFast G-Monster eSATA V2 gives users SSD speeds and merges it with the convenience of USB. The end result is portable storage that is able to transfer data faster than many users primary hard drive.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR - Chris Ramseyer

Chris Ramseyer started his career as a LAN Party organizer in Midwest USA. After working with several computer companies he was asked to join the team at The Adrenaline Vault by fellow Midwest LAN Party legend Sean Aikins. After a series of shake ups at AVault, Chris eventually took over as Editor-in-Chief before leaving to start Real World Entertainment. Look for Chris to bring his unique methods of testing Hard Disk Drives, Solid State Drives as well as RAID controller and NAS boxes to TweakTown as he looks to provide an accurate test bed to make your purchasing decisions easier.

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