Kanguru flash drive has dual USB, eSATA connectivity


We've seen awkward attempts at external Serial ATA thumb drives before, but they usually needed power from an auxiliary USB connection. Kanguru's new e-Flash drive (PDF) is a different specimen: it has an eSATA plug on one side and USB on the other, but it's designed to work with powered eSATA connections. The USB side only serves as a backup in case there's no powered eSATA connection around.

Kanguru claims the 300MB/s Serial ATA interface delivers five times the performance of "standard USB drives." The company packages this offering with an internal powered eSATA bracket, which apparently adds a powered eSATA port via PCI, as well as a powered eSATA cable. You'll also find HotSwap! software for "trouble-free hot swapping" in the box.

Kanguru's site quotes a $69.95 starting price tag, but clicking the "Buy Online" button only shows $119.95 and $199.95 offerings. The former has 32GB of capacity, while its pricier cousin packs 64GB.

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