The New Western Digital SiliconEdge Blue 256GB SSD

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SSD’s have come a very long way now since we first started to look at them some 18 months ago.  The technology has leap forward at a huge rate with many companies wishing to get their edge on the market share.  Western Digital have waited very patiently and in their true manner have brought to the fore something that has been worth waiting for.


Western Digital has just started to ship its first consumer-oriented solid state drive (SSD) with the new WD SiliconEdge™ 2.5-inch SSD family. WD SiliconEdge Blue™ SSD’s offer fast read/write speeds and high SSD capacities, making them an ideal storage solution for read-intensive applications requiring high performance and plug-and-play compatibility.

WD SiliconEdge Blue SSD’s, in capacities up to 256 gigabytes (GB), feature a native SATA 3.0 gigabits per second (Gb/s) interface with read speeds up to 250 megabytes per second (MB/s) and write transfer rates up to 170 MB/s. Fast and rugged, WD SiliconEdge Blue SSD’s accelerate application performance and deliver maximum tolerance for drops, shock and vibration along with silent and low-power operation.

Before we look into the main features of this product lets have a brief summary from Western Digital on their proud new technology.

These solid state drives will satisfy the most demanding technology enthusiasts and bring a new level of performance and ruggedness to laptop and desktop PCs. They are also perfect for read-intensive OEM applications that require high-performance at an affordable cost.

The Product features of the SiliconEdge Blue are what might be found within most good brands therefore to summerise we see the following

  • Solid State Drives with WD quality and reliability – Protecting your data is in our DNA. With years of experience building drives that watch over data, we understand the exacting requirements needed to keep your data safe. These SSDs are no exception. Before we put the WD brand on them, they are designed and tested in WD’s Fit Lab on hundreds of systems to pass our rigorous data integrity and reliability screening.

  • Fast Data Transfer – Up to 250 MB/s read and up to 170 MB/s write transfer rates allow your system to run faster so you can work more efficiently.

  • SSD’s for extreme conditions – Because there are no moving parts, these rugged SSD’s deliver a high tolerance for shock, vibration and extreme environments. Perfect for notebook computers that live on the edge

  • Low power consumption – Translates to longer battery life for portable computers.

  • Advanced wear-leveling – Lengthens SSD life and preserves speed with a combination of dynamic and static wear-leveling algorithms designed to overcome performance degradation that occurs as a result of continual heavy use.

  • TRIM command support (Windows 7) – Helps maintain the SSD’s performance throughout its lifespan.

  • Native Command Queuing (NCQ) – Increases the performance of SATA drives by placing read/write commands in the optimal sequential order for the fastest execution.

  • Advanced error correction – Enables error-free data transmission by deploying advanced correction technologies to detect and correct errors.

  • Data integrity protection – Helps ensure data integrity and availability by preventing data loss from unexpected power loss during write operations.

  • Compatible – Works in any system that accepts a SATA hard drive with a standard 9.5 mm 2.5-inch form factor.

  • Operational Lifespan.   Read Unlimited.   Write 70GB/s per Day

Up to 51,000 digital photos


Up to 64,000 songs (MP3)


Up to 6,400 songs (uncompressed CD quality)


Up to 19 hours of Digital Video (DV)


Up to 98 hours of DVD quality video


Up to 30 hours of HD video

From these facts and figures supplied by Western Digital and the SSD’s supporting Advanced Error Correction and Data Integrity Protection therefore places this SSD at the top of the list for added security as a workstation boot disc.

We therefore move onwards to how we built this all around and what we used

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