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  • Max Sequential Read: Up to 530 MBps
  • Max Sequential Write: Up to 470 MBps
  • TBW (Terabytes Written): 400TB
  • MTBF (Mean Time Before Failure): 1 million hours
  • Interface: 2.5" SATA III (6 Gb/s)
  • SLC Caching
  • 3-year limited warranty

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Seems like a great price on a SSD to put into older laptops.

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YounhaRocks asked this question on 09-27-2022 at 02:59 PM
09-27-2022 at 02:59 PM
No, SSD is not for long term storage
09-27-2022 at 02:59 PM
It’s ok. But since this is dramless write speeds are going to get very slow if you are dealing with large files.

You could get an nvme drive and case for under $100 and have a way smaller footprint and probably faster storage. Chances are the enclosure would be more relevant in the future as 2.5” sata is becoming less common over time.
09-27-2022 at 02:59 PM
I think the fact that this is a DRAM-less drive is actually better for a portable drive.

Issue being that you're more likely to unplug the drive, with DRAM unless you have capacitors (which many consumer drives don't) you could potentially lose any data that hasn't yet been written to NAND. With a DRAM-less drive all your data will likely already be sitting in either the SLC cache or written to TLC NAND already so from a hot unplug perspective it should be safer.
09-27-2022 at 02:59 PM
No single drive can really be considered a good long-term storage solution unless it is backed up regularly. But as far as reliability, it's almost impossible to know because everyone has an anecdote about how any particular drive is garbage or bulletproof or whatever😄
slugbug asked this question on 09-26-2022 at 10:52 AM
09-26-2022 at 12:37 PM
It would depend upon the specs of the M.2 SSD. In general, it's bound to be slower due to the inherent 6 GB/s limitation of the SATA interface.

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SMI SM2258XT DRAM-less controller with 64L Micron TLC NAND. Great price on a budget SATA SSD.
No single drive can really be considered a good long-term storage solution unless it is backed up regularly. But as far as reliability, it's almost impossible to know because everyone has an anecdote about how any particular drive is garbage or bulletproof or whatever😄

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SMI SM2258XT DRAM-less controller with 64L Micron TLC NAND. Great price on a budget SATA SSD.
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Would this be good for a long term storage drive? For an enclosure as a portable drive?
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Would this be good for a long term storage drive? For an enclosure as a portable drive?
It's ok. But since this is dramless write speeds are going to get very slow if you are dealing with large files.

You could get an nvme drive and case for under $100 and have a way smaller footprint and probably faster storage. Chances are the enclosure would be more relevant in the future as 2.5" sata is becoming less common over time.
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Would this be good for a long term storage drive? For an enclosure as a portable drive?
No single drive can really be considered a good long-term storage solution unless it is backed up regularly. But as far as reliability, it's almost impossible to know because everyone has an anecdote about how any particular drive is garbage or bulletproof or whatever😄
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just for the old laptops? how about old desktops?
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Would this be good for a long term storage drive? For an enclosure as a portable drive?
bit rot https://getprostorage.com/blog/bi...-your-data
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just for the old laptops? how about old desktops?
Yes laptops and desktops compatible
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I have a MacBook mid 2011….. is it easy to upgrade this? Or cumbersome?
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I have a MacBook mid 2011….. is it easy to upgrade this? Or cumbersome?
Easy to upgrade
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Would this be good for a long term storage drive? For an enclosure as a portable drive?
I think the fact that this is a DRAM-less drive is actually better for a portable drive.

Issue being that you're more likely to unplug the drive, with DRAM unless you have capacitors (which many consumer drives don't) you could potentially lose any data that hasn't yet been written to NAND. With a DRAM-less drive all your data will likely already be sitting in either the SLC cache or written to TLC NAND already so from a hot unplug perspective it should be safer.
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All the Team Group SSD's go on sale. Which is better than others?

AX1
AX2
CX1
CX2 (No DRAM)
EX2 (No DRAM)
GX1 (No DRAM)
GX2 (No DRAM)
Vulcan (YES, DRAM)
Vulcan G (No DRAM)
Vulcan Z

Silicon Power Ace A55 (No DRAM)
Similar PNY SSD's
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I think the fact that this is a DRAM-less drive is actually better for a portable drive.

Issue being that you're more likely to unplug the drive, with DRAM unless you have capacitors (which many consumer drives don't) you could potentially lose any data that hasn't yet been written to NAND. With a DRAM-less drive all your data will likely already be sitting in either the SLC cache or written to TLC NAND already so from a hot unplug perspective it should be safer.
All SSDs with or without DRAMs use SLC cache these days as write buffer, not DRAM. The DRAM is used for translation tables and those are typically write through when translation tables change. If they don't do a write through, then they will have power off ability to write the small amount of dirtied translation tables. This is a non-issue at least for current drives. Otherwise, there would be huge problems with their use in laptops which can also lose power suddenly.
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It's ok. But since this is dramless write speeds are going to get very slow if you are dealing with large files.
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No, that is when SLC cache used as write buffers get filled up.

DRAM is used to hold translation tables and without it random reads and writes will be slower than SSDs with DRAM. The peak spec read and write numbers are max speeds possible under ideal conditions - sequential reads where translation table look up overhead is amortized over long reads and sequential writes into the SLC cache. It gets worse as the SSD fills up.

The performance numbers for random reads and writes will be slower than those with DRAM all else being equal (like NAND latency and speed).
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