Traxdata is set to launch SSD drives for laptop upgraders. It already does a good line in USB flash memory drives on which you can store your work; now it wants to get inside your laptop too.

In common with Transcend, Traxdata has begun selling 32GB, 64GB and 128GB SSD (solid-state disk) drives to laptop assemblers and will soon offer a similar product through the retail channel. This means home PC users who want to switch the hard disk drive in their laptop for one that's lighter and has no moving parts - the selling point of SSDs since it means the laptop as a whole is then less susceptible to damage or data loss - can do so.

Traxdata aims to get a retail product on the shelves by the end of the year or early next year.

Acknowledging how inexperienced tricky customers can find it to perform internal upgrades to laptop computers,

Traxdata has also developed an eSATA plug-in kit so users can instead add the extra storage to their notebook that way. One end of the USB dongle PC Advisor was shown had an eSATA connector so it could hook up to an SSD drive while the other had a female mini USB port and connected via cable to a standard USB 2.0 port. The USB drive has a capacity of 16GB.

Traxdata Ultra-S Plus 500GB solid state laptop drive