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Verbatim shows off SSDs at CeBIT 2012

Verbatim SSDs

Verbatim were on hand at CeBIT with a full range of storage solutions, from mobile formats like CompactFlash and USB drives, to more recent entries in the SSD market. Mobile storage solutions are less interesting, so let’s have a look at the solid state drives that were available. These came in two ranges: SATA-II and SATA-III.

The SATA-II line was limited to 128 GB at its highest capacity, with speeds of approximately 250 MB/s read and write (a limitation of SATA2). This product came with a nice installation package however, consisting of the hard drive itself, a USB enclosure and cloning software. The idea is that you put the hard drive in the enclosure to start, then run the cloning software. This will make a full copy of your hard drive (including operating system, programs and media), then copy it to the SSD. Once this step has been completed, you swap the two drives – the SSD goes into your computer, whilst your mechanical hard drive goes into the enclosure. You can then boot into your OS as normal, saving you from reinstalling the OS, and can continue to put your (likely higher capacity) mechanical drive as USB storage. It’s a sensible solution for sure, and well worth the additional cost.

The second line is available in sizes up to 240 GB; these SATA3 drives offer competitive read and write speeds at 500 – 550 MB/s. The drives use Sandforce controllers, as is typical of SSDs produced by smaller manufacturers (e.g. not Western Digital / Hitachi / Samsung). The glitches that plagued many Sandforce controllers some time ago have since been repaired through driver updates, and the Verbatim drives will ship without these issues. The line doesn’t include the USB install package at present, but this option is expected to be added in the future. The 240 GB drive will cost around €240 at retail.

There’s little to differentiate Verbatim’s SSD solutions from others in the market using Sandforce controllers. The install kit, including the enclosure and cloning software, is a nice touch but is only available on the slower SATA2 model, which isn’t an attractive proposition with SATA3 drives available for relatively little extra. When Verbatim have offerd the install kit with the SATA3 drives they may be worth a look, but likely will lose out to more established SSD manufacturers overall.

 

Verbatim were on hand at CeBIT with a full range of storage solutions, from mobile formats like CompactFlash and USB drives, to more recent entries in the SSD market. Mobile storage solutions are less interesting, so let’s have a look at the solid state drives that were available. These came in two ranges: SATA-II and SATA-III.

The SATA-II line was limited to 128 GB at its highest capacity, with speeds of approximately 250 MB/s read and write (a limitation of SATA2). This product came with a nice installation package however, consisting of the hard drive itself, a USB enclosure and cloning software. The idea is that you put the hard drive in the enclosure to start, then run the cloning software. This will make a full copy of your hard drive (including operating system, programs and media), then copy it to the SSD. Once this step has been completed, you swap the two drives – the SSD goes into your computer, whilst your mechanical hard drive goes into the enclosure. You can then boot into your OS as normal, saving you from reinstalling the OS, and can continue to put your (likely higher capacity) mechanical drive as USB storage. It’s a sensible solution for sure, and well worth the additional cost.

The second line is available in sizes up to 240 GB; these SATA3 drives offer competitive read and write speeds at 500 – 550 MB/s. The drives use Sandforce controllers, as is typical of SSDs produced by smaller manufacturers (e.g. not Western Digital / Hitachi / Samsung). The glitches that plagued many Sandforce controllers some time ago has since been repaired through driver updates, and the Verbatim drives will ship without these issues. The line doesn’t include the USB install package at present, but this option is expected to be added in the future. The 240 GB drive will cost around €240 at retail.

There’s little to differentiate Verbatim’s SSD solutions from others in the market using Sandforce controllers. The install kit, including the enclosure and cloning software, is a nice touch but is only available on the slower SATA2 model, which isn’t an attractive proposition with SATA3 drives available for relatively little extra. When Verbatim have offer the install kit with the SATA3 drives they may be worth a look, but likely will lose out to more established SSD manufacturers overall.