New Sandisk drives make solid state dreams a step closer

Sandisk has announced a new 32 GB SATA flash memory drive – something that should be big enough to load an operating system for a digital signage player and still have space left over for piles of media files.

The geek blog Gizmodo reports these little units can just drop in to a box and replace a conventional spinning, and eventually failing, hard disk drive. 

It was not that long ago, at all, that far smaller capacity, and slower, IDE drives had price tags approaching $1K. This new Sandisk goes for $350.

Flash memory is not infallible, but should certainly offer more peace of mind than drives. We’ve been playing with flash drives, running Flash and HD video, and been very happy with the results.

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