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[Walmart] EMTEC 512 GB external SSD, 3D NAND - $70 (in-store clearance, YMMV)

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Is there a normal SSD inside this case that can be thrown in a laptop?
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Timewasterninja wrote: So what's the deal, why are there down votes? Is this not a good price?

Or is emtec not a good brand?
Based on past reviews you'll be lucky to get half decent USB3 speeds out of it. Still it's near same price as a 256 Sandisk at Costco.
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Hmm, so what's the usage case for this SSD? General backup purposes?
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fujiapplelover wrote: Anyone figure out how to disassemble it to shuck the drive? I'm planning on using the drive for an older laptop.
There is an mSATA inside, so you have to get an mSATA to SATA case to fit it inside an older laptop.
To disassemble, the drive is attached to the top not the bottom, so start prying on the end opposite to the usb c port (separate with some fine edge then lift the bottom plate and keep going around)
Drive is based on Sandisk tech.
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Got 3 of these at $39 from Oshawa, Laval Dr, all with similar results on CrystalDiskMark; I would strongly recommend for the price.

[Read]
Sequential 1MiB (Q= 8, T= 1): 451.755 MB/s [ 430.8 IOPS] < 18522.91 us>
Sequential 1MiB (Q= 1, T= 1): 407.311 MB/s [ 388.4 IOPS] < 2570.18 us>
Random 4KiB (Q= 32, T=16): 159.211 MB/s [ 38869.9 IOPS] < 13138.04 us>
Random 4KiB (Q= 1, T= 1): 19.606 MB/s [ 4786.6 IOPS] < 208.67 us>

[Write]
Sequential 1MiB (Q= 8, T= 1): 423.462 MB/s [ 403.8 IOPS] < 19682.21 us>
Sequential 1MiB (Q= 1, T= 1): 380.882 MB/s [ 363.2 IOPS] < 2747.10 us>
Random 4KiB (Q= 32, T=16): 21.651 MB/s [ 5285.9 IOPS] < 95499.24 us>
Random 4KiB (Q= 1, T= 1): 20.888 MB/s [ 5099.6 IOPS] < 195.66 us>
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Timewasterninja wrote: So what's the deal, why are there down votes? Is this not a good price?

Or is emtec not a good brand?
Because $39 is the new benchmark price.
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stocktrack still showing 4 available, but I found none in-store
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did anyone spot this in calgary? was planning to get one for my nvidia sheild as system storage.
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None left in Thunder Bay stores. Works great as a secondary drive in my PS4 Pro. Loading screens that took several minutes in the past aren't even visible now. $70 was a good price for one of these. $39 (if you can find it at that) would be a great price...
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Hi there,

I guess I'm out of luck for Lasalle. *lol*

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This is a great deal at $39 if you compare versus a USB key for the same storage space. This is great for creating a backup image of your OS - in the event you need to reinstall (I had to do this when I sent my laptop in for repair). Tested copying a couple 5 GB Mkv files - and it transferred at around 200MB/s from my nvme drive. I think that's sufficiently fast for these types of tasks.
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My local Walmart showed 4 on stocktrack.
I called Walmart and the guy * found 2.
He said he cannot reserve it for me.
He said it’s not going to be sold out right away anyway.
He saw the price in-store and told me that it’s not the same online.
I went to the store 2x because i left my wallet the first time.
When i asked a lady, she said they don’t have any.
I saw the guy i spoke to on the phone just as he was about to go on his break, he said that they were sold out.
I complained to the manager that Walmart has a reputation where their employees reserve the items for themselves after they've learned that the item(s) are on sale.
I already debated with myself if i should just go to the store without calling first so as not to alert the employees of the sale price and reserve it for themselves but i went ahead and called first, bad move, lesson learned.
I just wasted time, effort and gas for the 2 trips and came home empty handed.
Tip to all RFD’ers, do not call Walmart to check for stock, just go there asap.
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RanelD742511 wrote: My local Walmart showed 4 on stocktrack.
I called Walmart and the guy found 2.
He said he cannot reserve it for me.
He said it’s not going to be sold out right away anyway.
He saw the price in-store and told me that it’s not the same online.
I went to the store 2x because i left my wallet the first time.
When i asked a lady, she said they don’t have any.
I saw the guy i spoke to on the phone just as he was about to go on his break, he said that they were sold out.
I complained to the manager that Walmart has a reputation where their employees reserve the items for themselves after they learned that the item(s) is on sale.
I already debated to myself if i should just go to the store without calling first so as not to alert the employees of the sale price and reserve it for themselves.
I just wasted time, effort and gas for the 2 trips and came home empty handed. Lesson learned. 🤬
Tip to all RFD’ers, do not call Walmart to check for stock, just go there asap.
Which Walmart was this at?

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