OCZ releases USB 3.0/SSD external hard drive

OCZ seems to be leading the fight to kill the spinning hard drive as of late. After releasing the first 1TB Solid State Drive, TweakTown reports that OCZ is giving the external hard drive market a huge speed upgrade. Their newly-released Enyo line of hard drives combines the performance of USB 3.0 with the speed and reliability of solid state memory in a trim and sleek aluminum package that has the potential to really shake things up in the external hard drive market.

The Enyo boasts read speeds up to 260 MB/sec and write speeds up to 200 MB/sec. OCZ includes a handy chart on the product website to show how this translates into day-to-day data transfer activities.

No word on pricing yet, but expect it to be steep. This is a combination of two relatively new technologies, what many consumers would call bleeding-edge, and the price will likely reflect that. However, as more USB 3.0/SSD devices roll out, expect prices to behave much like other storage medium markets and drop precipitously once more manufacturers start releasing similar products. 

Images courtesy of OCZ

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I wish there where more ExpressCard SSDs that weren't slow as hell. I would love to have a fast SSD in my ExpressCard slot and a slow but large spinning drive internally.

I just bought an OCZ 120Gb SSD for as my boot disk. It is really amazing.
I would love to have all my storage needs on SSD...

this is great news,

CAN SOMEONE TELL ME if you need a different motherboard to support USB 3?

or just the device? i have a fairly recent asus board, but i cannot remember the name of the board.

panacea said,
this is great news,

CAN SOMEONE TELL ME if you need a different motherboard to support USB 3?

or just the device? i have a fairly recent asus board, but i cannot remember the name of the board.


Yep, you need hardware USB3 support.

Ruler of the Interwebs said,

Pretty sure you're mistaken there. USB 3.0 was made to work on a USB 2.0 bus.
USB 3.0 devices can work on USB 2.0 motherboards, but you won't get the improved performance until you use USB 3.0-ready hardware like motherboards or even USB 3.0 cards (I don't know if there are any as of now, though).

dotf said,
Why would someone want an external SSD?

Size, transfer rate etc May not seem good the now but soon prices will fall dramatically as demand goes up.

At the moment, no, but they've gone from 6 GB to 1 TB very quickly, it shouldn't be hard to double that and I wouldn't be surprised to see 2 TB or higher out next year. Magnetic drives haven't gotten any higher than 2 TB in quite some time. Whether or not you're rich enough to afford them is a different matter entirely, but the capacity is there.

I have to ask why? These will be horribly expensive for external drives per MB. When copying files the bottleneck is either going to be the lack of a USB 3.0 port or the drive you are copying from.

An overly expensive small external SSD drive makes zero sense right now.

swanlee said,
I have to ask why? These will be horribly expensive for external drives per MB. When copying files the bottleneck is either going to be the lack of a USB 3.0 port or the drive you are copying from.

An overly expensive small external SSD drive makes zero sense right now.

It does make sense to start releasing them though. There may not be significant demand now but as more companies release them the price will fall and with that comes increased demand. USB 3.0 is due to be implemented in laptops eventually and some motherboards support USB 3.0 already.

Must be pointed out that those speeds can probably only be reached when transferring from like to like devices... speed would be as per the slowest capable drive, so transferring from a standard mechanical disk to one of these devices would see little increase... certainly nowhere near those stated...