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Toshiba ships powerful XS700 external SSD

New product starts with the 240GB capacity

Toshiba ships powerful XS700 external SSD
The new drive utilises Toshiba's 64-layer BiCS flash technology.

Toshiba has cut the line to begin shipping the new XS700 portable SSD ahead of the information flood.

Toshiba eased the latest portable solid state drive into the market quietly on its website.

The new drive utilises Toshiba's impressive 64-layer BiCS flash technology and marries it with a USB 3.1 Gen 2 interface that enables up to 550 MB/s sequential read and 500 MB/s sequential write performance.

"Engineered with the reliability and stability that are hallmarks of Toshiba SSDs, the XS700 is extremely rugged and has no moving parts - making it a highly durable and efficient way to safeguard data," Toshiba said in a statement.

According to the company, the drive is covered in aluminium, is shock-proof and has been drop-test certified at a height of two metres.

Other security-focused features include a utility that enables users to password-protect their drives and conduct maintenance, monitoring and additional tuning.

Like many new portable SSDs, the XS700 uses a compact design, measuring 2.95 by 3.74 inches and weighs 90 grams. Toshiba has selected exFAT for the file system to maximise compatibility across devices, and to further round out the feature list, the company includes a software layer that allows users to password protect their data. Toshiba said the XS700 series is "starting" with the 240GB capacity drive, so more are likely to follow.

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