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SanDisk Ultra Plus Solid State Drive: Fast and Affordable

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Increasingly, it has become quite common for the average computer user to run out of data storage space. Thankfully, solid state drives are always there as a backup device to store one’s excess data – or a great medium for archiving important files and folders. Furthermore, there are numerous manufacturers competing in the portable hard-drive market – leading to newer innovations – prompting each manufacturer to invent faster, more convenient methods of transferring data – at more reasonable prices. 

When SanDisk first introduced their latest product -- the Ultra plus SSD at CES, the organization left little to the imagination as to who the target consumer was. If you are still left guessing – we’ll cut to the chase – the Ultra plus SSD was meant to replace your existing, underperforming hard-drive, be it on your laptop or desktop. Two attributes about this SSD which impressed the consumers was its light-weight (1.38 ounces) and of course the most important factor – its price – starting at only $75.00 for 64GB version. Other, larger data storage options are also available with storage options ranging from 128GB and 256GB, costing at $110 and $210 respectively. If you are a math geek – or even if you are not – perhaps you are familiar with basic calculation methods, it won’t take you much reckoning to figure out the cost per gigabyte. Considering the numbers – which result in significant cost savings – it’s no doubt that the SanDisk Ultra Plus Solid State Drive is a steal.

Measuring in at 2.5 inches, the SSD uses SATA 3.0, 6 gigabytes per second drive interface. However, keeping this in mind, in order to take full advantage of SATA 3.0, you’ll need to have a laptop or desktop which supports SATA 3.0.  Once your PC meets all the necessary hardware and software requirements, you can expect write speeds 338 Megabytes per second, and read speeds reaching a maximum of 433 megabytes per second – though these speeds were a little short of the promised speeds mentioned on SanDisk’s specification sheet – though still quite impressive to say the least. When speeds were compared to its competitor – the Western Digital WD Black 500GB, there was renewed appreciation for SanDisk Ultra Plus SDD – as the WD Black performed at 122Megabytes per second for reading data and 119 megabytes per seconds for writing data. 

Boot times were also quite impressive, on average; the drive took 14 seconds to complete boot-up. Though, boot times did vary. What we figured was that depending on the specification of your machine – a slower PC would obviously result in slower boot times. In terms of data security, there’s no built in feature to password protect files and folders on the SanDisk Ultra Plus. Nonetheless, portable data security software engineered to Secure USBdrives and HDD drives can fill in the gap of protecting your data – and not to mention – offer you a priceless piece of mind.

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