Sandisk steps into the external storage market

Sandisk extreme SSDsMemory company Sandisk said it has introduced a family of high performance flash drives including portable solid state drives (SSDs).

The families are called the Extreme 900 and the Extreme 500 portable SSDs – the latter being pocket sized rugged drives.

Sandisk claims the Extreme 900 will perform nine times faster than a portable hard drive while the Extreme 500 is up to four times faster.

The company is aiming the drives at photographers, film makers, and techn enthusiasts. The drives use USB 3.0. The 900 can deliver speeds of up to 850MB/s, it is claimed.

The Extreme 900s come in capacities of up to 1.92 terabytes (TB) which Sandisk said gives people an edge when they’re working with big multimedia files.

The Xtreme 500 comes in sizes of up to 480GB and can shunt data around at a claimed 415MB/s.

Pricing? The 500s at capacities of 120GB, 240GB and 480GB cost $100, $150 and $240 respectively.

The grown up 900s at capacities of 480GB, 960GB and 1.92TB cost $400, $600, and $1,000 respectively.

All drives carry a three year warranty.