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Lexar Professional Workflow DD512 512GB external SSD USB3.0 £111.90 delivered @ Ballicom

£111.90 @ Ballicom
Sniffing around for a high capacity SSD and found this. Looks like it's aimed at photographers but it can be used as an external drive. Might be of use to someone. Currently 6 in stock. £153.42 on … Read More
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Sniffing around for a high capacity SSD and found this. Looks like it's aimed at photographers but it can be used as an external drive. Might be of use to someone. Currently 6 in stock.

£153.42 on Amazon.

Optimised for use as a backup drive (see comment 5).
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#1
What drive is inside of it?
Looking to rip it out and use it in my laptop!

Heat from me
#2
huzi7868
What drive is inside of it?
Looking to rip it out and use it in my laptop!

Heat from me

Curious about this myself, couldn't find any info about it.
#3
Lexar are part of Micron, you'd assume/hope they use Micron SSD drives but I wouldn't buy it on the hope it's just a regular SSD drive inside a small USB interface box but would be great if it was!


Edited By: spannerzone on Dec 28, 2014 14:39: added info
#4
huzi7868
What drive is inside of it?
Looking to rip it out and use it in my laptop!

Heat from me
I was thinking the same thing.
#5
Interesting conclusion to this review might affect some people's buying decision.

The DD512 has been obviously optimized for using it as a backup device. Its performance with small files is by far lower than other SSDs and it cannot be efficiently used for tasks that require intense random read/write operations.
#6
A full review of it here including speed tests etc.
http://www.eteknix.com/lexar-workflow-dd512-usb3-solid-state-drive-review/

Can't find any details on the actual drive other than a news announcement on their website from 2009 saying they use Crucial drives. Perhaps they still do.
#7
Jimmyboy
Can't find any details on the actual drive other than a news announcement on their website from 2009 saying they use Crucial drives. Perhaps they still do.
Micron produce their own NAND chips and their consumer brands are Crucial and Lexar so it's highly likely this will use Micron chips regardless of the drive branding.
#8
sylv
Interesting conclusion to this review might affect some people's buying decision.

The DD512 has been obviously optimized for using it as a backup device. Its performance with small files is by far lower than other SSDs and it cannot be efficiently used for tasks that require intense random read/write operations.

Well thats hardly a surprise. Thats an inherent issue of the overheads associated with transfer over USB3.0.

As for the drive it will either be a custom board or an MX550 or MX100 without a case is my guess.
#9
GAVINLEWISHUKD
sylv
Interesting conclusion to this review might affect some people's buying decision.

The DD512 has been obviously optimized for using it as a backup device. Its performance with small files is by far lower than other SSDs and it cannot be efficiently used for tasks that require intense random read/write operations.

Well thats hardly a surprise. Thats an inherent issue of the overheads associated with transfer over USB3.0.

As for the drive it will either be a custom board or an MX550 or MX100 without a case is my guess.

Controller is supposed to be SiliconMotion sm2246XT (according to this LINK) so I don't think it's either of those, could well be custom but might be an existing drive.
#10
This product is currently not available, please check again later
#11
GAVINLEWISHUKD
sylv
Interesting conclusion to this review might affect some people's buying decision.

The DD512 has been obviously optimized for using it as a backup device. Its performance with small files is by far lower than other SSDs and it cannot be efficiently used for tasks that require intense random read/write operations.
As for the drive it will either be a custom board or an MX550 or MX100 without a case is my guess.
Judging by the rated write speed of 250MB/s it's more likely to be an M500 if they just use a retail board:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/8066/crucial-mx100-256gb-512gb-review/6

Edited By: Agharta on Dec 28, 2014 15:32
#12
My guess is it's some USB Pen drives inside with a Multi-USB interface PCD.
#13
TheGalaxy
GAVINLEWISHUKD
sylv
Interesting conclusion to this review might affect some people's buying decision.

The DD512 has been obviously optimized for using it as a backup device. Its performance with small files is by far lower than other SSDs and it cannot be efficiently used for tasks that require intense random read/write operations.

Well thats hardly a surprise. Thats an inherent issue of the overheads associated with transfer over USB3.0.

As for the drive it will either be a custom board or an MX550 or MX100 without a case is my guess.

Controller is supposed to be SiliconMotion sm2246XT (according to this LINK) so I don't think it's either of those, could well be custom but might be an existing drive.

Interesting. Google suggests a Kingspec 512gb drive. From your link it seems to suggest SATA over USB.
Agharta
GAVINLEWISHUKD
sylv
Interesting conclusion to this review might affect some people's buying decision.

The DD512 has been obviously optimized for using it as a backup device. Its performance with small files is by far lower than other SSDs and it cannot be efficiently used for tasks that require intense random read/write operations.
As for the drive it will either be a custom board or an MX550 or MX100 without a case is my guess.
Judging by the rated write speed of 250MB/s it's more likely to be an M500 if they just use a retail board:
http://www.anandtech.com/show/8066/crucial-mx100-256gb-512gb-review/6

Not likely as above, different controller and also the M500 was a 480GB part (yes technically a 512gb part) .
#14
"This product is currently not available, please check again later" ....
#15
afrst
"This product is currently not available, please check again later" ....
Says oos so looks like they all went.
#16
It's probably slower than a usual SSD because when using an SSD via usb it won't support TRIM ( housekeeping of deleted files)

When SSDs fill up they go dead slow without TRIM so I'm guessing the controller on this does some extra trash management, slowing the drive but keeping speed steady overall.

Just a guess...
#17
Could peeps that receive one let me know what you think of it please?

cheers!
#18
Got one this morning, much smaller than expected about half the size of my external 2.5" Passport but twice as thick, comes with a dual USB/Thunderbolt cable

Works well for me for a general backup drive, getting around 360-390Mb/sec on a Macrium backup in Win7, I may even buy the caddy and another to go with it.

Found this review - perhaps ideal as a backup but not as an internal replacement as the ability to handle small files is not as good as others however when fitted internally the specs may change? I'm not sure it can be fitted internally as its not the same shape as a 2.5" replacement and no I'm not opening it :) but HWINFO says its a SiliconMotion SM2246XT if that helps.

http://www.myce.com/review/lexar-workflow-dd512-usb3-ssd-review-73580/real-world-tests-5/


Edited By: Norma Snockers on Dec 30, 2014 11:00: update
#19
Norma Snockers
Got one this morning, much smaller than expected about half the size of my external 2.5" Passport but twice as thick, comes with a dual USB/Thunderbolt cable

Works well for me for a general backup drive, getting around 360-390Mb/sec on a Macrium backup in Win7, I may even buy the caddy and another to go with it.

Found this review - perhaps ideal as a backup but not as an internal replacement as the ability to handle small files is not as good as others however when fitted internally the specs may change? I'm not sure it can be fitted internally as its not the same shape as a 2.5" replacement and no I'm not opening it :) but HWINFO says its a SiliconMotion SM2246XT if that helps.

http://www.myce.com/review/lexar-workflow-dd512-usb3-ssd-review-73580/real-world-tests-5/


Any chance of a pic of the cable? Interesting you mention thunderbolt! As the review only shows a USB cable and USB port. does it actually have a thunderbolt socket on the drive?!

I also notice on the review it says it supports TRIM. Now wether it just means the drive can use TRIM or if TRIM is actually enabled. pass! Also seems to support UASP. another bonus!

All in , can't find an external 512GB SSD cheaper anywhere else

Edited By: cRuNcHiE on Dec 30, 2014 14:02
#20
cRuNcHiE


Any chance of a pic of the cable? Interesting you mention thunderbolt! As the review only shows a USB cable and USB port. does it actually have a thunderbolt socket on the drive?!

I also notice on the review it says it supports TRIM. Now wether it just means the drive can use TRIM or if TRIM is actually enabled. pass! Also seems to support UASP. another bonus!

All in , can't find an external 512GB SSD cheaper anywhere else

I think I am wrong there sorry, having looked at pics it's a USB3, saw some reference to Thunderbolt when I was looking at the caddy and assumed. Sizewise length/breadth of the SSD is the same as a book of 12 stamps.

Cable same as here http://www.scan.co.uk/products/1m-scan-usb-30-cable-type-a-%28male%29-to-type-b-%28male%29



Edited By: Norma Snockers on Dec 30, 2014 14:46: update
#21
Would thus be good for for iTunes and iPhoto storage

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