Feeds
75%
Crucial N125 SSD

Crucial N125 64GB SSD

Expand your netbook's storage capacity

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Boost IT visibility and business value

Replacing the SSDs is a doddle, though the Crucial unit is unformatted so owners of Windows XP netbooks won't see the drive once they reboot their machine. It'll be listed in Device Manager, but not in My Computer.

To prepare the drive for use, you'll need to open the Control Panels window and double-click on Administrator Tools. Among these is a utility called Disk Management, and here you get a list of connected drives, including the new one, probably as 'Disk 1'. Right-click on its name and select 'Initialize Disk'. A Wizard will guide you through the partitioning and formatting process. When you're done, the N125 will appear in My Computer as D:

Iometer 2007.07.27 Results
Asus Eee PC 900 Stock SSD 8GB

Asus Eee PC 900 stock SSD - Iometer

Access speeds in Megabytes per Second (MB/s)

That's the case with the Eee 900's secondary drive. If the upgrade replaces the main SSD, you'll need to boot up an installer or recovery disc with an external optical drive, initialise the new SSD then re-install your OS and apps.

We ran PCMark05's HDD benchmark on both the original SDD and the Crucial and saw no real difference between the two: they scored 987 and 980, respectively - less than a percentage point difference between the two.

Iometer 2007.07.27 Results
Crucial N125 64GB

Crucial N125 SSD - Iometer

Access speeds in Megabytes per Second (MB/s)

That they scored effectively the same is not entirely surprising. Both drives use a controller made by Phison and multi-level cell (MLC) Flash technology, which is inherently slower than the single-level cell (SLC) design used for the Eee's main SSD. But it's also cheaper, which is why the 64GB upgrade costs just £123. The 32GB SSD will set you back £66.

We also ran Iometer 2006.07.27 on the two SSDs, running from 4KB data block up to 8MB. The original Asus SSD's average random read and random write speeds were 38.7MB/s and 4.9MB/s, respectively - its sequential read and write speeds averages 41.8MB/s and 24.9MB/s.

The essential guide to IT transformation

Next page: Verdict

More from The Register

next story
Top Gun display for your CAR: Heads-up fighter pilot tech
Sadly Navdy kit doesn't include Sidewinder missile to blast traffic
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
NVIDIA claims first 64-bit ARMv8 SoC for Androids
Mile-High 'Denver' Tegra K1 successor said to rival PC performance
XBOX One will learn to play media from USB and DLNA sources
Hang on? Aren't those file formats you hardly ever see outside torrents?
prev story

Whitepapers

Endpoint data privacy in the cloud is easier than you think
Innovations in encryption and storage resolve issues of data privacy and key requirements for companies to look for in a solution.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Top 8 considerations to enable and simplify mobility
In this whitepaper learn how to successfully add mobile capabilities simply and cost effectively.
Solving today's distributed Big Data backup challenges
Enable IT efficiency and allow a firm to access and reuse corporate information for competitive advantage, ultimately changing business outcomes.
Reg Reader Research: SaaS based Email and Office Productivity Tools
Read this Reg reader report which provides advice and guidance for SMBs towards the use of SaaS based email and Office productivity tools.