Published on August 19th,2008 at 7:53 AM
By >Akihabara News Team

Photofast CR-9000: DIY SSD Drive Hands-on

Last week we introduced the latest DIY (Do It Yourself) SSD drive from Photofast, the CR-9000. Well, we got it hands on… but, unfortunately, we don’t have enough SD cards to fully test it (sorry…).

What we can tell you is, the CR-9000 with its red color is quite a stylish SSD drive, . Contrary to the other DIY SSD drive we tested here, at, this one seems to be stronger thanks to its metallic enclosure, and is also cheaper.

Notice that an IDE version is also available. However, the Photofast logo was written on the wrong side. If you plug it into your laptop, you won’t see the logo (OK, it’s a minor detail…)

In case you forgot, this SSD Drive accepts up to six 32GB SDHC cards in RAID 0, providing a maximum of 192GB.
And According to the manufacturer, you can get a reading speed of 130MB/s, and a writing speed of 85MB/s.

Get it now on

PS: As of the last poll, almost 75% of you prefer a DIY SSD to a manufacturer’s SSD.

10% Yes
76% No, too expensive
6% useless
8% Need to get new Computer first

(62 votes)

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  • MemoryGuy

    Looking at photo, I can see a 8x SD card (256GB) is coming.

  • dummy

    Apparently no one has noticed the fact that, with RAID 0, you’ll get a maximum of 32 GB, at the maximum read/write speeds (which are not that great by the way).
    Besides, just check the prices of 6 32GB SD cards, plus the controller… frightening

  • dimmy

    Apparently RAID 0 gets confused with RAID 1 or something like that. 6x 32GB = 192GB, and RAID 0 means data is striped across all disks, in this case over all 6 SDHC cards.
    If 1 cards fails, data is gone but at least it’s replaceable. Other SSDs also use RAID 0 internally, and I bet you can’t replace the memory chips.
    6x 16GB is already quite nice and much cheaper. Wait until prices come down and easily upgrade to 6x 32GB :-p



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