SSDs are catching up to hard drives on the capacity front. Here's one packing half a terabyte, for ctying out loud. This MLC drive is a 2.5-inch unit, despite its remarkable capacity. (It's also available as a 3.5-inch). At 13mm thick, it won't fit in evety laptop. The 256GB and smaller units are but 9.5mm thin. Solidata posits this drive as an Intel whupper, but my tests showed a distinct advantage on the part of the X25-M, even before the recent Intel firmware upgrade to address declining write performance over time. Even without HD Tach write results-my X25-M was borrowed and contained data, so I couldn't run write teststhe Intel SSD kicked rump. The Solidata scored quite low in Iorneters File Server test,
which consists of mostly reads with some writes. Still, the 1000/0 reads Web Server test looked much better. Then again, you can't get 512GB from Intel. As Kirk taunted Khan, Solidata may as well be saying, "I'm laughing at the superior intellect. Neener, neener."