While it may not be pretty or very helpful for those trying
to run Microsoft's new Windows Vista operating system, you do have to give
Century credit for trying something different with its 4-slot 2.5"
PATA SSD adapter.
The device features four Secure Digital slots and each can accept up to 2GB. 8GB won't cut it for Windows Vista (default install size of 15GB),
but can easily accept an install of Windows XP or Linux.
According to GeeStuff4U
which sells the device, Secure Digital cards can only be used in pairs of two
and all cards must be of the same type and speed. A minimum read/write speed of
20MB/sec is recommended, so those "budget" SanDisk and Kingston cards
that you find free after rebate these days won't be up to snuff for any
The device itself costs a whopping $258 and shipping alone
within the U.S. is $26. Throw in four SanDisk
Extreme III 2GB Secure Digital cards (20MB/sec minimum read/write, $80
each) and you're looking at an investment of over $600 for just 8GB of storage.
$600 for 8GB of storage seems rather steep considering that
SanDisk is charging roughly $600 for its 32GB SSD
drive and that Ritek plans to make available a 16GB SSD drive for
under $300 later this year.