EDGE™ Boost Pro mSATA SSD

Category: Solid State Drives

 

EDGE Boost Pro mSATA SSDs are TAA compliant, built with premium SandForce controllers, and backed by a superior five-year warranty.

 

 

Measuring about 1/8 the size of a standard 2.5″ Solid State Drive (SSD), the EDGE™ Boost Pro mSATA SSD is a revolutionary flash-based storage device. Similar in size to a common house key, the microscopic form factor makes the Boost Pro mSATA SSD an ideal upgrade solution for Ultrabooks, small form factor notebooks, and mobile devices.  SSDs are faster, lighter, more durable, and more reliable when compared to outdated hard disk drives.  Boost Pro mSATA SSDs are both PC and Mac compatible and will work in almost any computer with an mSATA interface.

Utilizing a premium SandForce controller, the Boost Pro mSATA SSD can achieve ultra fast read and write speeds.  In comparison to hard drives, SSDs can decrease system boot times by up to 5x.*  Fast read/write speeds, coupled with a high max IOPS rating, provide fantastic performance gains in boot times, file transfers, and software application loading.

With no moving parts inside, Boost Pro mSATA SSDs are more reliable and less susceptible to mechanical failures than hard drives.  This also results in longer notebook battery life, lower heat emission, and completely silent operation. 

Security is a critical feature of Boost Pro SSDs, featuring AES hardware encryption that secures 100% of data when enabled**. The feature-rich SandForce controller comes standard with robust tools such as TRIM, S.M.A.R.T., Garbage Collection, wear leveling, and ECC to promote stability and reliability. SandForce-exclusive functions - Durawrite and RAISE - further enhance data efficiency and increase the lifespan of the SSD.

 

*Based on EDGE testing results.  Performance may vary depending on OS, configuration, etc.

**Consult your computer's manual to ensure drive encryption is a supported function of the BIOS.

 

Breakthrough Speed Performance Transfer rates of up to 555MB/s Read and 530MB/s Write.* Typically up to 5x faster boot times over hard drives.*

Smallest Form Factor One of the smallest SSD form factor on the market—ideal for Ultrabooks, small form factor notebooks, and mobile devices

Extreme Durability – No moving parts—much more durable and reliable than traditional hard drives that use a spinning disk

Less Power Consumption Longer notebook battery life, more energy efficient, and runs cooler than a traditional hard drive

Ultra SecureFull Disk Encryption (FDE):  AES hardware encryption secures 100% of data when enabled**

Feature Rich – SandForce Driven – Includes a full complement of performance and stability enhancing features:  TRIM, ECC, Garbage Collection, S.M.A.R.T., Durawrite, RAISE, and more

 

*Based on EDGE testing results.  Performance may vary depending on OS, configuration, etc.

**Consult your computer's manual to ensure drive encryption is a supported function of the BIOS.

General

Capacity*

30GB / 60GB / 120GB / 240GB / 480GB

Weight

0.01 lbs

Dimensions (30GB-240GB)

50.80mm (L) x 29.85mm (W) x 4.35mm (H)

Dimensions (480GB)

50.80mm (L) x 29.mm (W) x 4.80mm (H)

MTBF

2,000,000 hours

Power Consumption (30GB-240GB - Typical)

2.0W (active), 0.7W (idle)

Power Consumption (480GB - Typical)

4W (active), 4W (idle)

Controller

SandForce SF-2281

Flash Type

MLC

Operating Temperature

0°C - 70°C

Storage Temperature

-40°C - 85°C

Shock Resistance

1500G/0.5ms

Vibration Resistance

2–500Hz at 3.1G

Warranty

Five years

Support

Toll-free tech support

*Some capacity used for formatting and not available for storage

Features

Encryption

256-bit AES hardware encryption and Secure Erase function**

TRIM Support

Prolongs SSD performance over time***

S.M.A.R.T. Support

Predicts and warns of SSD failure, helping to protect from data loss

Wear Leveling Support

Improves the lifetime of the SSD by ensuring that data is written evenly across data blocks

Durawrite

Reduces over-writing and extends the endurance of the SSD flash

RAISE

Monitors and corrects errors as they happen, promoting stability of the SSD

ECC

Data errors are detected and corrected before becoming a long-term problem

Garbage Collection

Permanently erases deleted data blocks and returns the space for reuse

**Consult your computer's manual to ensure drive encryption is a supported function of the BIOS

***Requires proper operating system support (i.e. Windows 7)

 

Performance

Interface

SATA 6Gb/s - also compatible with SATA 1.5Gb/s and SATA 3Gb/s

30GB Speed (SATA 6Gb/s)

Up to 315MB/s (read) / 315MB/s (write)

60GB Speed (SATA 6Gb/s)

Up to 550MB/s (read) / 500MB/s (write)

120GB Speed (SATA 6Gb/s)

Up to 555MB/s (read) / 525MB/s (write)

240GB Speed (SATA 6Gb/s)

Up to 555MB/s (read) / 530MB/s (write)

480GB Speed (SATA 6Gb/s)

Up to 535MB/s (read) / 425MB/s (write)

30GB Max IOPS (write)

58,000

60GB-240GB Max IOPS (write)

80,000

480GB Max IOPS (write)

30,000

 

Compatibility

Connector

Mini PCIe (mSATA)

Form Factor

MO-300 (mSATA)

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Spider FAQ

  • 1. What systems support EDGE SSDs?

    EDGE Boost SSDs are OS-independent and will run on any system supporting the corresponding SATA interface and form factor.  Please consult your system user manual to determine which form of Boost SSD is right for you.

  • 2. What hardware do I need to install the Boost Server SSD into my server?

    A manufacturer specific server tray is needed for most servers to install an SSD into it.  Please contact an EDGE Memory representative if you need a server tray with your Boost Server SSD.

  • 3. How do I format my EDGE SSD?

    The following instructions are designed for formatting as a secondary drive in Windows 7.  Other versions of Windows will be similar, but may vary.  If using a Mac, please access Utilities -> Disk Utility -> Partition to initiate a format.  If doing a clean install of the SSD (as a primary drive), please install and follow the instructions provided on the operating system install disc.

     

    1.  Right click on Computer (or My Computer) and select Manage.

     

    2.  Select Disk Management in the left pane.

     

    3.  You will receive an Initialize Disk prompt—this will only apply to any unformatted  

         devices you have installed (i.e. – the SSD).  Choose MBR, note the Disk number

         (ex Disk 1, Disk 2, etc) and select OK.

     

    4.  In the bottom pane of Disk Management, find the disk number from step 3.  Right-

         click on the unallocated box and select New Simple Volume.

     

    5.  The New Simple Volume/Partition wizard will appear.  Select Next on the first

         screen.

     

    6.  On the Specify Volume Size screen, ensure the Simple Volume size number

         matches the maximum disk space (default).  Select Next.

     

    7.  Assign a drive letter not already in use to the SSD.  Select Next.

     

    8.  Choose a file system format (NTFS recommended for Windows) with a default

         allocation unit size and give the SSD a Volume Label name.  Check perform a   

         quick format and uncheck enable file and folder compression.  Click Next.

     

    9.  Review the wizard summary and select Finish.  The SSD will be formatted.  Once

     

         complete, you can close Computer Management.

  • 4. Why does my SSD show less available capacity than advertised?

    In order to use any flash storage device, including SSDs, you must first format the device.  As a result of formatting, some storage capacity is unavailable for use (typically around 7%).  For example, a 240GB SSD will have roughly 223GB available for use after formatting.

  • 5. How do I enable the encryption function of my EDGE SSD?

    Not all systems support drive encryption (also called the ATA Security Password)—please consult your system’s user manual to ensure this feature is available.  Enabling this function varies from system to system, but the following is a typical example (IMPORTANT:  Your SSD will be permanently inaccessible if you forget or lose your password!):

     

    1.  After installing the SSD, access your computer’s BIOS during system startup.

     

    2.  Select the “Security” option.

     

    3.  Select the “Password” option.

     

    4.  Select the option displayed as “Hard Disk Password” or similar for the Boost SSD.

     

    5.  Create and reconfirm a password.  After complete, the encryption function is active. 

         You will need to input your password every time you start your computer to access

     

         the SSD. 

  • 6. Do SSDs require defragmenting like hard drives?

    No - SSDs never need to be defragmented.  In fact, defragmenting an SSD can reduce the lifespan.  If your system is set up to defragment automatically, you should disable or turn off defragmentation when using a Boost SSD.

  • 7. What is Wear-Leveling?

    One of the disadvantages to flash memory is that flash cells will eventually wear out.  To make sure EDGE Boost SSDs lives a long, productive life, wear-leveling ensures that data is written evenly to the drive.  This prevents any one cell or group of cells from being “over used” and wearing out prematurely.

  • 8. What is Durawrite?

    Durawrite extends the endurance of the flash inside EDGE Boost SSDs by better managing the way data is stored.

  • 9. What is TRIM?

    TRIM is like weight loss for your SSD.  TRIM helps your Boost SSD run more efficiently by removing old blocks of data that are no longer in use.  Without TRIM, an SSD does not know these blocks can be deleted, and the operating system has to “search” for available blocks to write data.  As this happens, SSD performance suffers and TRIM addresses this problem.  TRIM is a function of only newer operating systems, such as Windows 7 and 8.

  • 10. What is S.M.A.R.T.?

    Self Monitoring Analysis and Reporting Technology (S.M.A.R.T.) predicts and

    warns users of SSD failure. If the Boost SSD detects any critical errors, abnormal

    temperatures, etc., a message appears on screen, warning the user to take

     

    action to prevent potential data loss.

  • 11. What is MTBF?

    MTBF (Mean Time Between Failures) is the predicted time of operation before an SSD will fail. This is normally expressed in number of hours.

  • 12. How do I securely erase all data from my SSD?

    Please view the how-to guide on securely erasing an EDGE SSD of all data here.