KingSpec 32GB 2.5 PATA SSD
Author: Zahn Funk
Editor: Shawn Knight
Date: 06-03-2009
Provided by: KingSpec

Here at it is always very exciting to review a product from a previously unheard-of manufacturer. For one, since the product is likely to be relatively unknown, we typically have the chance to test something completely new, and you never know when you may discover the next big thing in the computing industry. Secondly, since the manufacturer has not established a reputation yet, their product pricing is typically lower than similar competing products from other recognized, well-known brands.

Such is the case with the item for review today, the KingSpec 32GB 2.5" PATA SSD model number KSD-PA25.1-032MJ. While solid state drives have been available on the market for some time now, KingSpec is a relative new-comer to the industry, founded in 2005 and based in mainland China. After three years of independent R&D, in 2008 KingSpec joined the SSDA or Solid State Drive Alliance, and together with such manufacturers as A-Data, JMicron and PQI, the organization helps to design and establish SSD and other storage technology standards.

Now you may be saying to yourself, "who cares about an old IDE drive? Those haven't been used in laptops for years". And in fact the SSD market for 2.5" drives using the PATA interface has been largely ignored. Nearly all manufacturers producing current SATA drives either do not offer them in the PATA format or they only offer outdated models built on technology from years prior. Unfortunately the same seems to be occurring with traditional hard drives too, we're not seeing any new larger capacity and faster access models in the old IDE type interface.

However there are a multitude of aging notebooks and laptops out there, such as my IBM ThinkPad T40, that are incapable of being upgraded to take advantage of the latest SATA hardware. With a 1.5GHz Pentium M processor and 1GB of memory, the old T40 has system specs similar to the more modern netbooks that have become increasingly popular of late. But with a hard drive that's five years old and only 60GB in size, the T40 gets quickly left behind in the performance department, as it chugs along with slow read/write speeds and high access times. Can installing a current, leading-edge SSD sporting the old PATA interface breathe new life into this 5-year-old paperweight? Join me as I aim to find out!

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