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ExpressCard with Mini USB 2.0 ExpressCard 34
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2-Year Limited Warranty
Wintec Industries, Inc. warrants to the end user that this product, when used under normal use and service, will be free from defects in material, workmanship, and will conform to the published product specifications for the applicable warranty term commencing on the date of purchase.
 
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What makes the ExpressCard SSD so much faster than the competition?
All ExpressCard connectors use either USB 2.0 communications, or a faster communication called PCI-Express (PCI-E, for short). All other ExpressCard SSDs on the market use the slower USB 2.0 communications. The 24 GB and 48 GB ExpressCard SSDs are the only ones on the market that use the faster PCI-E interface, which makes it 3x faster than the competition!
 
Will the ExpressCard SSD require a device driver?
Laptops with Windows XP Professional SP3 and laptops with Windows Vista Home Premium SP1 (or higher version), typically will not require a driver. When you first insert the ExpressCard SSD, the system may take up to 2 minutes to automatically detect and configure the device, so please be patient when first installing the ExpressCard SSD. If your system is not automatically installing the ExpressCard SSD (or if it shows up in Windows device manager without a proper driver), please download the driver from the FileMate downloads website here: http://www.wintecind.com/support_center/Downloads/index.html
 
Is the ExpressCard SSD recommended for booting the main operating system, or running as a virtual machine drive?
No, the ExpressCard SSD is typically not recommended for running the main operating system. We recommend that only advanced users attempt this mode of operation. The OS and user applications often require a high # of small file random writes to support normal operation. For this reason, we recommend only using the ExpressCard SSD for general mass storage and file backups.

If installing the operating system to the ExpressCard SSD, the advanced end user must also optimize the OS and application settings to keep the operating system fast, responsive, and without errors. Be sure to create system backups on your traditional HDD, since losing connection to the ExpressCard SSD while it is active, could cause file system corruption and your OS to become unusable.

Note that the BIOS on most laptops do not have the required functionality to boot from the ExpressCard SSD. The only laptops we have successfully booted the OS on, are the Apple Macbook Pro (with Core 2 Duo processor) models.
 
What if I want to connect my ExpressCard SSD to a separate computer that does not have an ExpressCard slot?
There is a mini-USB 2.0 connector on the opposite end of the ExpressCard , so you can also connect the ExpressCard SSD to any computer using the USB cable that is included with the ExpressCard SSD. Note that when you connect using the USB plug, the transfer speeds will be much slower than when using the ExpressCard (PCI-E) connection. When using the USB connection, data transfer speeds will be about the same as our best competitors, up to 35MB/sec. When using the ExpressCard (PCI-E) connection, data transfer speeds will be about 3x faster than our competitors, up to 115 MB/sec!
 
What benchmarks do you use to get your Read and Write performance numbers? Why do my performance numbers differ?
We use a variety of popular disk benchmarks available to the public for each product, and take an average of all the results to try to give a single number that will best represent what an end user will experience. So, in some cases you may find that the product benchmarks slightly higher or lower than the figure we have specified. Many hardware and software factors can affect benchmark results, so individual results can be further skewed from our numbers. Anything from the storage controller chip, BIOS setup, disk file system format, other programs running, and even the amount of free space available on the drive can affect a disk benchmark.
 
How do I optimize my ExpressCard for the Macbook Pro?
1. One thing that can likely cause random crashes on the Macbook Pro is the SMS (sudden motion sensor). Disable it in terminal and it should improve your rate of random crashes and data corruption.
   
  Terminal ->
  sudo pmset –a sms 0
  sudo pmset –g (checks if change was successful)
   
2. Disable hibernate mode on the OS. This should help alleviate problems when resuming from a sleep state.
   
  Terminal ->
  sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 0
 

pmset -g | grep hibernatemode

   
3. Disable the internet browser disk cache functions; this will minimize the random writes to the drive and improve overall system responsiveness. This step will vary greatly according to your specific internet browser, please search for more information from your browser.
 
Which SSDs can I install an operating system onto (which are bootable devices)?
Only our 2.5” form factor drives are marketed as bootable hard drive replacements. The ExpressCard SSD can also be configured as a bootable device. The ExpressCard SSD is bootable on a number of desktop motherboards (using an ExpressCard adapter card), but the BIOS in most laptops are not able to detect and boot from the ExpressCard SSD.
 
Why doesn’t my drive show up under Windows Explorer
You need to first format your drive. To format the drive in Windows, you first need to go into Windows Disk Management console and create the partition for the drive.

Go to Control Pane l-> Administrative Tools -> Disk Management (on the left navigation pane) -> Right click on Disk number -> Initialize Drive -> Ok -> Right click on Unpartitioned space -> Format settings as desired (or just click Next through all the steps to use Windows default settings).
 
I can’t run my entire operating system from the ExpressCard SSD, but is there any way that my everyday system performance can still benefit from the ExpressCard SSD?
Yes, in addition to using the ExpressCard SSD as a portable general file storage as you would use a USB thumbdrive, you can also use the ExpressCard SSD in an efficient, high-performance “Hybrid” configuration. By migrating your “Documents and Settings” and program files onto your ExpressCard SSD drive, you will increase the overall performance of your system. At the same time, you will be expanding upon the existing hard drive storage capacity that is already inside your laptop.

Be sure to backup your personal files onto your regular hard drive, since removal of the ExpressCard SSD while the system is running may cause data loss on the SSD.

For more information on how to properly migrate your “Documents and Settings” folder, please read the following Microsoft article: http://support.microsoft.com/kb/236621

Note: If you migrate your laptop’s “Documents and Settings” onto the ExpressCard SSD, your laptop will not be able to boot properly without the ExpressCard SSD installed.
 
If I’m running a “Hybrid” configuration (ExpressCard SSD and traditional hard drive in tandem), can I also move my Virtual memory (page file/swap file), Windows Temp folder, and internet browser cache to the SSD?
While you CAN move these items to the SSD, they will not necessarily make your system run faster. In fact, in many cases moving these folders to your SSD can make your system run slower. This is true for all SSDs. This is due to the delay caused by random writes made to these system and program folders. We recommend that you leave these folders on your traditional hard drive, or disable them (where applicable), as noted in the FAQ answer to: “How do I optimize my operating system for my SSD?”
 
From time to time, the ExpressCard SSD gets pretty warm during usage, is that normal?
The ExpressCard feels hot due to the smaller footprint of the device. For example, a normal 2.5” hard drive can generate more heat, but is able to dissipate that heat over a larger area, resulting in what feels like a cooler device. During our torture tests (extreme environments) the ExpressCard SSD was verified to work even when the internal temperatures climbed higher than 75 degrees Celsius. In our reliability testing (normal user environments) we have not found any cases where a laptop could not handle the additional heat from the ExpressCard SSD. However, different laptop models are able to dissipate heat more effectively than others. For this reason, we suggest for users that intend to use the ExpressCard SSD for very frequent and heavy read/writes operations to more closely monitor their laptop’s temperature.
 
I just purchased a Filemate SolidGO ExpressCard SSD for my new MacBook Pro. I installed the card in my laptop and the SSD appears in Finder. However the drive won't let me write anything to it. Is there an addition step I need to take to fix this issue?

Please repartition/format the drive:
-Finder->Applications->Utilities->Disk Utility
-Click on the ‘Filemate 48GB SSD’ drive on left side of Disk Utility
-Click on 'Partition' tab on the right half of Disk Utility
-Select 'Partition scheme' and select 1 Partition (or more if you want to)
-Enter volume name, select 'Mac OS Journaled'.
-Click Apply.
-Go to 'First Aid' tab on the right half,
-Click Repair Disk.

If you are intending to play with it as a boot drive, also: Click "Options" and select GUID Partition Table. (make sure you apply this change as well)

Side note, a customer’s expresscard youtube: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qk-9AhjiK6A

 
Why does my xxGB SSD drive show up as less than xxGB in available disk space?
The “missing” disk space in all SSDs, USB pen drives, and all flash products in general (not just from Wintec) is used for a number of things; controller firmware, block information, and spare blocks to replace worn out blocks in the drive. The spare blocks allow the drive to extend its lifetime, maintain data integrity, and maintain its performance much longer than it would be able to without these spare blocks.
 
Why can’t my MacBook Pro go to sleep with the ExpressCard inserted into the ExpressCard slot?
For the 32 and 64GB ExpressCard, please change the sleep/hibernate mode as follows to help with the sleep issue. You can expect to get an "improper device ejection" warning (because the system is powering off the USB port when it goes to sleep). The following modification will change your MacBook Pro sleep mode to use a ACPI 'S4' state, which means that the computer will hibernate- it will write the RAM contents to the hard drive, and power off the computer. On system resume, the RAM contents will be read into memory from the hard drive, and you will be able to resume working where you left off (without the usual boot-up cycle). The default sleep state keeps the RAM data in the RAM itself, but requires that the RAM stay powered on while the rest of the computer powers off. You may see an increase in "unplugged battery life" (at the expense of a little time in the resume cycle) with this modification.

To change your MacBook Pro sleep mode to hibernate:
Go to Applications > Utilities > Terminal
Enter: pmset -g
(Take note of what the "hibernate mode" number is, this is the default on your system.)
Enter: sudo pmset -a hibernatemode 1
(This will prompt you for your account password)
Enter pmset -g
(To check that your hibernatemode change has taken place)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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