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SanDisk 32GB SSD from MSY $25 from Today Was $50


Cheapest on statice is $50, ebay & amazon are also more expensive than $25

Although the Weekend Super sale officially starts tomorrow, it can be added to cart now at the reduced price:



Edit: Deal is active now, confirmed by MSY rep.

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  • Would this be good for storing the OS for my future gaming pc?

    • If it's just the OS then it could be decent. My laptop only has a 30GB SSD and works fine, still much faster than a HDD.

    • +4

      You'd get away with it, but it's a bit small imho. You'd have to install almost all your apps on another drive.

      I have a 128GB SSD as my OS drive and once you install Windoze, Office, PS, etc. etc. it gets full pretty quickly.

      • +14

        and considering 128gb models are the same $ per GB (256Gb are even better) wouldn't it be better to save the hassle and jump straight to the higher capacity?

      • I've still got 52GB left on my 120GB SSD with the OS, about 20GB of games and a few programs.

        • …which is great, you don't want a "full" SSD. 20-25% free minimum is best afaik

        • I just checked my 120GB Sammy SSD and I have exactly 52GB free also. And that includes using over provisioning. I love their SSD's, OCZ and Corsairs have failed but Samsung has been great in my experience (and generally faster too)

    • This drive is not a normal ssd and was never made for storing an OS. It's a readycache drive which is made for being a buffer cache drive for an OS that's installed on another drive.

      • +1

        Actually it is a normal ssd but due to its size it isn't very practical to use as a boot drive. If someone wishes to use it as a normal ssd its ready to go. No special steps required.

        • Almost, it's using a very cheap form of memory chip (essentially USB3 thumb drive chips). Not great performance as a regular ssd. And the cache will not function once you introduce another ssd (which I now have).

    • +2

      anyone recommend RAID 0 on these SSD ?

      • -3

        Raid 0 is best used between modern SSDs and older IDE hard drives to speed them up. It has doesn't hurt to add the extra capacity from SD cards if you have them, just remember to format the card when using it in your camera and then just put it back and you'll be good to go!

        • +1

          This seems entirely incorrect. If you were to mix drives in a raid 0 (ssd + hdd ) the size of the raid is limited by the size of the smallest drive, so you would end up with a 60gb volume. Also, wouldn't every second write be slow (when it writes to the HDD). In the end it would create a bottleneck where the ssd is always waiting for the slow HDD to finish.

          And SD cards? When is that a good idea? Not to mention IDE…

        • Hear that whoosh sound? That's the sound of you guys completely missing that joke go over your head! LOL it may have actually hit you in the face, you just haven't noticed it quite yet.

          Think about what happens when you format the SD card that's a part of the RAID array

          Think about the likelihood that IDE is going to fail

          Think about the very obvious statement above regarding speed

          Now here's the hard part, view this link http://goo.gl/MMxf

        • Lol.

        • Sorry, the sarcasm was not very obvious, I just thought you were an idiot (I still do). The question asked was perfectly reasonable and required a straight forward answer, not some BS information that mis-informs the less computer literate amongst us.

        • Lol.

  • sorry, but what uses are there for such a small drive.

    • +51

      Faster Minesweeper.

    • +2

      Ordered two (perfect number) for ESXI boot drive to be configured in RAID1 mirror.

    • If you are actually using it as a HDD rather than as intended it is plenty for a linux media center or desktop OS drive with spindles or NAS for storage.
      Will be popping one in with 7TB+ of various drives for the purpose. Grabbed a lil celeron while i was at it so should have epically low idle power use

      • +1

        I found where the internet is kept!

    • You can get it work with a Raspberry Pi, I use one for low power usage data logger for my race car and another at home with my DIY weather station (Pi'd)

  • -3

    This is a ssd cache. It cannot be used like a normal ssd, since it only mirrors files from your HDD to speed up boot and program loading. I have one and it works pretty well if you cant be bothered to migrate your existing boot drive to ssd.

    more info: http://www.hardocp.com/article/2012/10/17/sandisk_readycache...

    • +2

      It cannot be used like a normal ssd


      … This leads us to the disk management section, where we in fact find that we can configure this SSD into a volume!


      But at 30gb it's a bit useless for anything other than a caching drive (at elast for Windows based OSes).

      • +1

        I stand corrected. Still the point is that it is not used as an normal ssd out of the box.

        • That's true for people who don't understand things like partitioning, but for most people on this forum partitioning is a normal part of use.

  • Note that this is a "ReadyCache" SSD and not a normal SSD. So from what I found, you add it to your normal HDD, instead of using it by itself as a normal SSD. See info here: http://www.tomshardware.com/forum/297500-32-sandisk-readycac...

    In other words you add this to your HDD to make it a SSHD (Hybrid Drive).

  • +2

    For $25 i might pick one up for my HTPC.

  • +6

    Whole heap of misinformation in here…

    1. It is usable as a regular SSD, albeit a rather small one.
    2. Its primary use/market is as a cache drive using Intel's Smart Response Technology (SRT) found in any Intel based chip set made in the last 3 years.
      EDIT - OK, so now I've read up on it, they're using their own software… I'd still recommend using Intel SRT if available.. More tried'n'tested!
    3. Using SRT is pretty simple, requires no formatting/reinstalling and will give a decent boost in performance - assuming the SSD used is decent as well (no idea on this drives specs).

    Also worth noting whilst I'm spewing words - Intel's SRT is limited to 64GB, using a bigger drive splits the rest into a different usable volume, useful for page files, hiberfil, etc.

    • Nm already edited with correction! Nearly spread some misinformation of your own didn't he he

    • +4

      It is usable as a regular SSD, albeit a rather small one.

      Sure it's usable as a boot partition but it doesn't mean you should. It is strongly intended for caching purposes and that's it.

      As per the HardOCP review, this is a SanDisk Extreme USB Drive controller with some more NAND bolted on. Calling this an "SSD" is borderline false advertising.

      While this caching solution will buffer writes in cache before these are committed to the HDD, we are confident that the majority of those writes will be held in the RAM buffer instead of the SSD. Most HDDs will write sequentially faster than this SSD, and there would be only incremental speed increases with random writes.

      In a nutshell, while it may read data as fast as an entry-level SSD, that is where the similarities end between this an any other modern SSD.

      This is basically an incremental, stop-gap improvement somewhere in between a run-of-the-mil 7200RPM HDD and a really old, slow SSD. It's woefully inconsistent and not comparable to any other SSD that has been featured on OB lately.

      Get a SanDisk Extreme II 120GB for $99 or a Crucial M500 120GB for $75 for your boot partition.

      • You should be the consultant for all ozbargain computer needs! ;)

      • +1

        It's also $25. Probably the most important part of this whole deal.

      • Wait …

        In a nutshell, while it may read data as fast as an entry-level SSD, that is where the similarities end between this an any other modern SSD.

        So, it's good at reading. But you're saying that it's not going to be good as a boot drive.. Most of a Windows boot partition is read access. Reading registry, reading profiles, reading temps, caches, etc, etc.

        And if it's write performance is as good as a 7200RPM, then you will only notice a net positive in performance..

        … for $25.

        I see no reason to be so harsh.

        • So, it's good at reading.

          Only sequentially; it's 4K/512K random reads are slower than any SSD. It's still beaten by just about everything else.

          And if it's write performance is as good as a 7200RPM, then you will only notice a net positive in performance..

          Yes, kind of like going from Black & Gold to Home Brand.

          I see no reason to be so harsh.

          Yawn. The typical "it's cheap so it's above criticism" argument. It's not an SSD. People will buy this expecting a world of difference and they'll be sorely disappointed. Spend your money on something future-proof and worthwhile.

          Seriously… look at the benchmark. They called it "ReadyCache" for a reason mate.

        • Yawn. The typical "it's cheap so it's above criticism" argument. It's not an SSD. People will buy this expecting a world of difference and they'll be sorely disappointed. Spend your money on something future-proof and worthwhile.

          Never said anything of the sort.

          And now there are a lot of people in here raving about how awesome it is.

          Again, for $25 - mate.

      • No where in that article does it state that the drive shouldn't be used as a really small ssd.

        And then the rest of your statements are about how it performs as a cache drive. Had me worried as I thought there was something terribly wrong with this product when used stand alone.

        Most of what Amar89 stated is that when used as a cache drive solution, its not as good as an ssd.
        According to HardOCP: The difference between this SSD and any normal HDD is just absolutely tremendous, so there is no doubt that users will be satisfied overall

        btw, i'm not really planning to use it as a standalone windows install, I got openelec/freenas or some Linux variant planned so don't bother telling me 32gb isn't enough..


      • I have the Sandisk Extreme 32GB USB 3.0 that was $25 in OzB last week (same price).

        Read speed sequential is 200, so this SSD is twice as fast.
        Write speed is about the same.
        4K Read is about the same.
        4K Write, the SSD is about half the speed.

        Overall I'd say 4K write speed is probably more important for an OS drive than the already super fast sequential read speed. As a bonus, USB stick would likely have lower power usage over SATA plus smaller in size as well.

  • +1

    For anyone who hasn't got an ssd because they didn't think it was worth the expense or hassle of having multiple drives, now is the time. I set up my folks computer with a cache drive recently and it was well worth the $60. At $25 you'd be mad not to.
    As mentioned above you can use it as a standard ssd, but still the reason for this products existence is to act as a cache drive, so maybe "Ready Cache" should be added to the description or title?

    Regardless, good deal, good find +1

    • Can you explain how to install it into laptop? It seems like a small one, and i have no idea what exactly you meant by the cache drive etc.

      • You will not be able to use this as a cache drive in most laptops, as they only have one drive slot. Some laptops do have the ability to use a mSATA cache drive. You'd have to research that one though, sorry.

        • I don't know what that means :s

          Explain like I'm 5? :)

        • +2

          square peg round hole :)

        • A cache drive is supposed to work by boosting performance of another, slower drive. Most laptops only support 1 drive (although sometimes there are a few ways around this; see comments below) thus it cannot work as a cache drive.

          As mentioned above, this ssd can be used alone but is very small and only really suited to Linux OSes in that scenario.

      • +1

        With a laptop you are going to need to make sure you have a free SATA port as you need to keep your original hard drive in the laptop as well. Some laptops do have room for 2 hard drives, in which case you can just take the cover off the free hard drive bay and plug the SSD in.

        On my laptop I had to buy a kit that let me install my second hard drive into the optical disk drive bay, which added cost and also meant I had to take the laptop apart to some extent. It also means you won't have an internal dvd drive.

        Here's the adapter I used:

        • Sweet. Thanks.

  • Wonder if I can use this in my cctv setup

  • +1

    It's already available. Check MSY site. I've already bought one.

    • It won't let me check out.

      • Please scroll down to the bottom and click "Next" instead of clicking "OK" at the voucher field.

        • Thanks got it.

  • +5

    Thx OP just got 20

    • starts tomorrow

      • starts tomorrow

        Deadlines and time limits really don't mean much to MSY. I can't count the number of times I've simply walked into my local MSY and bought stuff that was "supposed to" go on sale tomorrow.

    • +7

      Hi anzkit, is it a typo ? We have set a limit of maximum 2 per customer.

  • How much is delivery?

    • ~$10 depending on your address & which MSY state online store your order is delivered from.

    • +1

      $12.28 to Queensland.

  • +3

    Such deal, many space

    • +2

      Someone let the doges out again…

      • -2

        Very thanks two

  • Is this worthwhile for a laptop with the following specs:

    Processor: intel i3-2310M [email protected]
    Ram: 4gb
    System type: 64 bit
    Disk size: 148 GB

    • Thats only if your laptop has a spare slot for another hdd.

      • Or replace it if you can live with 32GB (~18GB usable after Win7/8 install).

    • +1

      This is a readycache SSD, not really suitable for laptops. But suitable for desktops that utilize both a HDD and SSD at the same time.

      If you go with this SSD you will not be able to use your HDD, unless you look into an Optibay option but that takes away your ability to use a DVD drive. It'd make more sense to just spend the $80 ~ 100 and get a 128GB drive.

    • +1

      Not recommended if your laptop can only run 1 drive. But if you can run 2, then sure why not.

      32GB is pushing it unless you really do minimal tasks on that lappy.

  • nvm im stupid

  • Erik Loves SSDs

  • +1

    This would be good as a boot drive for a HTPC or something like that

  • no pick up option on WA. cost 11 dollars to ship

    • +2

      We have 20 units left at Balcatta and 25 units left Cannington today for pick up as well. Make sure you choose "Order and Pick Up" when you log-in to MSY website.

      Thank you

      • thanks. Done that.

  • 11$ shipping btw to anyone registering before checking..

  • Grabbed 2 for pickup. Better hurry these will be gone before the sale starts tomorrow.

  • +1

    An Easy, Affordable Upgrade to Solid State Technology
    Optimized for use as a cache drive, the SanDisk ReadyCache SSD features an innovative design that works with your existing hardware. Setup is easy: simply plug the drive into an available SATA port and power, and then install the ExpressCache™ software. Since it works with your existing hard drive, SanDisk ReadyCache SSD lets you experience SSD-level performance without transferring your files or reinstalling your operating system.

    it's designed to work with an existing hard drive, hence the name "Readycache"

    Also keep in mind a SSD especially a smaller one like this needs around 10% free space to work efficiently, much less and the drive starts to bog down, speeds drops and chance for hard errors rises somewhat

    • Also keep in mind a SSD especially a smaller one like this needs around 10% free space to work efficiently

      More than that, modern +120GB SSDs need about 20% free space to maintain performance consistency; with this I think anything beyond 16GB is going to be comprising performance.

  • So pickup is still tomorrow and can't do it today?

    • I have just done it so do it now.

      • I meant I have ordered already but wondering if I can pickup today. So you have just picked it up?

    • You can pick it up today :)

  • +1

    perfect for parents old pc, give it a nice speed boost:D

  • cool

  • +1

    Benchmark (obtained from the Internet):

    Sequential Read : 458.895 MB/s
    Sequential Write : 117.186 MB/s
    Random Read 512KB : 238.234 MB/s
    Random Write 512KB : 43.509 MB/s
    Random Read 4KB (QD=1) : 19.176 MB/s [ 4681.6 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=1) : 9.299 MB/s [ 2270.3 IOPS]
    Random Read 4KB (QD=32) : 30.670 MB/s [ 7487.8 IOPS]
    Random Write 4KB (QD=32) : 5.371 MB/s [ 1311.2 IOPS]

    4K performance is disappointing (not even able to match low end SSD, especially with QD=32). It does beat Sandisk Extreme USB 3.0.

    • as it used as readycache, the write speed is not that crucial.

      the software have to learn ur usual pattern then move it to readycache…… read speed is the main function and reduce mechanical spin hopefully increase the lifespan of ur hdd…..

  • +2

    Well NUC me this will probably tip me over to making my next HTPC….

  • So tempted but I ceebs to walk 2km down the road and delivery is $11.

  • +1

    So how hard is this to setup as a cache drive as intended? I've got a 4 year old i7 system with a 300GB VelociRaptor system drive that's pretty full, I like the sound of $25 to give it a noticeable performance boost, if it's a painless process.. NVM: Looked it up, sounds painless, bought one. Bargain :)

    • +1

      It's not hard. The main issue I have had is that it occasionally stops working and needs to reset the cache to fix (this has happened to me twice in the last 12 months).

      It's essentially a case of stick the drive in, boot into windows and install the application (download this from SanDisk). And run the setup.

  • Could I put this into the Microsever (N54L)? I've got a BD-rom tho…

    • if you have any of the 4 normal slots spare, easy, just slot it in (it might flap in the breeze a little, but the plugs might be tight enough to hold the tiny weight if your n54l doesn't get knocked about). If you don't have one of the 4 slots spare, you'll want to flash a hacked bios, and then feed the external esata port back through inside and mount the ssd somewhere (I'm a fan of near enough is good enough, and used double sided tape to hold my ssd in the optical drive slot, since I didn't have an optical drive up there).

      no idea how easy/hard it'd be to actually get it to do it's cachey thing. probably very dependent on your OS and what software/instructions come with this ssd.

      if you currently boot a linux flavour off a usb stick, then it's easy to move the OS onto an ssd. I did it on the weekend :)

      • thanks salem, will look at your suggestion! :)

      • Why do you need a hacked BIOS to use the eSATA?

        • +1

          In the standard BIOS the esata and optical sata ports aren't full speed and don't support TRIM.

    • I installed this SSD in a HPN40L with a hacked bios running windows 8. Cannot remember if it was connected to the esata port or a sata card on the PCI slot. It can sit underneath the BD drive bay or on top of the fan against the chassis. Worked ok for me until I replaced it with a 256SSD. Its easy to bump the cable connected to the esata port and drop the drive connection. However as a cache drive no harm done, it just resets and repopulates from the next boot.

  • This is a useless drive for notebooks with one bay, period

    It may help putting it in a pc tower with extra connectors. So yeah don't rush to get it.. Save the money.. U can get a 128gb drive for 6x to 7x soon why settle for 32 on 25

    • any notebook with an optical drive you can move the HDD into the optical bay and run dual drive.
      Tho I just jumped on one along with a G1610 to build up my new linux media server

      • I did that to all my notebooks but a 32gb drive should never be used as a windows or mac Os drive. That should be common sense.
        A 64 or 128 gb is more advisable.
        Hence make is drive nothing more than drive to install a game on and play it with faster acces. Yet it may not fit Titan fall in a full install….

        • its a cache drive - its designed to your machine into a hybrid ssd/hdd machine, 32G is ample

  • How do I change delivery to pickup option? It shows in stock at my local stores. NVM: Actually have to change the website you're using from the main page to get pickup.