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recommended mSATA?
05-16-2017, 12:30 PM
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Smile recommended mSATA?

What's the difference between the cards vs. the internal drives vs. the capacity, etc? What factors does one take into account when selecting an mSATA card?

Thank you!

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05-17-2017, 02:12 PM
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RE: recommended mSATA?
hi lisa Smile

there is a page here with some more info about msata that may help:
(including some links about which models are incompatible)

and some actual recommendations can be found here:

as far as i understand it, the internal drives essentially store your data and protect against single or dual (SDR/DDR) protection for the hard drives, and the msata helps to speed up access to data that is accessed often. (i dont know the exact algorithm, but i think it changes and adapted over time, based on how your data is accessed).

it seems to work better with smaller ranges of files, rather than huge ones, (so if you only ever had huge GB files of home videos etc that you watched occasionally, then it probably would not speed things up that much for you), but for documents or smaller clips or images and tunes etc it probably would work quite well

also, since msata cards dont seem to have as much lifespan as actual drives, the larger the msata, tends to just mean that yours will last longer (since each storage cell can only be accessed or used a certain number of times), but they can get a bit costly the larger you get, so probably 120GB to 250GB may work ok for you depending on what price you see.

(btw i have XP home SP2, a Drobo v1 with 2x 1TB/2x 1.5TB WD greens, & a bkp Drobo v2 with the same + a DroboShare: unused)
& a DroboS v2 with 3xWD15EADS &2x1TB in DDR mode on win7, & a drobo5D (all usb)
  • btw i did a sustained (write) operation for about 6 hours, and got 13.2MB / sec ...objection? "sustained" :)
    (16.7MB/s on a v2 & 47-96MB/s drobo-s)
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