Looking a bit deeper to see what this drive is made out of and finding out why it performs like it does, interested to see what’s inside? I know I am.
To open it up, we need to flip it over and remove the rubber feet.
Removing the feet, we find Torx T2 screws sealing the drive together.
There she is, it’s actually an M.2 SSD in there.
This is using a Micron 1100 2.5 -Inch M.2 SATA NAND Flash SSD. This drive has in it Micron’s 3D TLC NAND Flash running in SATA 6Gb/s interface. It also supports DEVSLP Device sleep extreme low-power mode, NCQ, S.M.A.R.T command set, Dynamic write acceleration and sports a MTTF (Mean time to failure) of 1.5 million device hours. So yeah, it’s a full blown SSD going through USB.
That was it really, short sweet chapter to show you what, so let’s get back to some benchmarks. Let’s see how this then compares to a full blown SSD.
Next Page: Further Testing
I have spent many years in the PC boutique name space as Product Development Engineer for Alienware and later Dell through Alienware’s acquisition and finally Velocity Micro. During these years I spent my time developing new configurations, products and technologies with companies such as AMD, Asus, Intel, Microsoft, NVIDIA and more. The Arts, Gaming, New & Old technologies drive my interests and passion. Now as my day job, I am an IT Manager but doing reviews on my time and my dime.