If you have a laptop, heck, if you have a computer of any size or shape then you'll want a solid state hard drive (SSD). The problem is you'll need a bank account as monstrous and lumbering as an SSD is small and efficient so SanDisk has come up with a potentially fantastic bridging solution.
Filling the gap seemingly wasted by flop of hybrid hard drives, the industry is looking for a cheap solution to the performance of SSDs and the capacity of HDDs. Enter, stage right, the 'Vaulter Disk'.
Taking a different route to the Flash Disks looking to exploit the dubious benefits of Vista ReadyBoost, the Vaulter Disk aims to work like an additional hard drive.
Available in 8GB and 16GB capacities and housed in a PCI Express module, it is suitable for both desktops and laptops and holds the key installation of the OS and regularly accessed programme files, while offloading more extraneous, bulky data like movies and photo libraries to the existing HDD. Furthermore, by focusing away from trying to replace the HDD entirely and sticking to lower capacities, the solution should be far more affordable than a standalone SSD.
"SanDisk Vaulter Disk consistently boosts user responsiveness by taking advantage of the best native characteristics of a flash-based module and a hard drive," said Tavi Salomon, Vaulter product manager at SanDisk "It is the parallel operation of both aVaulter and the hard disk that provides an affordable solution for consumer PC users who will benefit from flash memory performance."
Now for the bad news: aside from a lack of pricing, when the Vaulter Disks ship early next year they are going straight to OEMs. Yep, upgraders are left out in the cold yet again. Come on guys, share the great innovations…