RiData eSATA SSD
The last eSATA flash drive is also one of the pioneers of the "eSATA flash" era. While they don't tout themselves as the first, they sure love to let you know that they were one of the first companies out there to produce these. Now, their flash drives feature basically the same things as the other eSATA flash drives out there. Except these come as standard with both the eSATA and the USB ports, so there is no adapter to buy and no worries that it will work on the computer that you are headed to.
So, it's a great one to look into as it offers both ports, the same GB sizes (16 & 32), and is reasonably close in pricing ($59 and up). Their speeds are a bit different, as they offer up to 79MB per second for reading your files and 45MB per second for writing to the drive. So these are a bit slower reading but faster writing.
Now, these speeds are through the eSATA port, and if you use the USB port for transfers, you'll find slower speeds - 24MB per second for reading and 12MB per second for writing. The beauty of this eSATA flash drive is that you don't need a driver to use it. And, it works on a ton of different operating systems, from Windows ME up to Vista, and anything Linux Kernel 2.4 or over. Another perk, you can actually use this flash drive as a bootable device when you are in Fix mode on a computer, which is nice.
Here are some of the key features for the RiData eSATA SSD:
- eSATA and USB ports included
- Compatible with any Windows operating system ME or higher
- Compatible with any Linux operating system Kernel 2.4 or higher
- Shock resistant
- Bootable device on any computer
- No external power device needed to run