Velocity Solo x1 - Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro®

Velocity Solo x1 - Performance SSD Upgrade Kit for Desktop PCs and MacPro®

The easiest way to add the speed of Solid State and SATA III to your desktop

Quick Overview

Upgrade your desktop system to an high speed SSD with the latest SATA III interface (6Gbs)


Macs: Clone use Apple's Built-in Disk Utility
Note: Solid State Drive sold separately
How to install Velocity Solo in your desktop

How to install Velocity Solo in your Desktop PC

How to install Velocity Solo in your Mac Pro

How to install Velocity Solo in your Mac Pro

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Accelerate your Desktop - Add the Speed of Solid State and SATA III to your Desktop PC or Mac Pro®
Upgrade your system to the latest SATA III interface (6Gbs) and add a high speed SSD to boost the performance to the max.
Take your desktop to the next level. Simple to install and with PCIe 2.0 data transfer speeds up to 400 MB/sec*, the Velocity Solo x1 enables you to experience the blazing speed of an SSD in your desktop via a super fast SATA III connection. Utilizing an Asmedia 1061 controller chip, the Velocity Solo X1 is bootable in both PC and Mac systems.

Takes just minutes to install

The Velocity Solo x1 takes just minutes to install. Simply connect your Solid State Drive to the Velocity Solo and slide the card into an available PCIe x1 slot (or larger) in your desktop. Once installed, transfer your OS and applications from your desktop hard drive to your new SSD using Apricorn’s EZ Gig cloning software for PC systems, or for the Mac Pro use Apple's built-in Disk Utility. For additional capacity, the Velocity Solo also provides an additional SATA III data connection that can be used to connect to another SSD or hard drive.

Ideal for High Performance Applications and Improving Gaming Performance

Running your OS and applications on an SSD provides a measureable performance increase, but the Velocity Solo is also the perfect upgrade for improving gaming performance.

SSDs Improve Game Performance - As games become too large for their assets to be fully cached on modern graphics cards and main memory, the addition of an SSD for faster disk access during game play results in less in-game pauses and a smoother playing experience. Games are also faster to load and save when using an SSD.

Boot in an instant, open applications in a flash, slash save and import times

Velocity Solo x1 performance

Velocity Solo fits all PCIe 2.0 slots

Velocity Solo X1 compatibility

Comparison of Velocity Solo X1 and Velocity Solo X2

SpecsVelocity Solo X1Velocity Solo X2
SATA Controller ChipsetAsmedia 1061Marvel 9182
Read/Write Performance400/400 MBs550/550 MBs - Single drive
800/800 MBs - Two drives (RAID 0)
Max PerformancePCIe x1 interfaceSATA 3 interface - Single drive
PCIe x2 interface - Two drives
Bootable OS SupportWindows Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.5.8 and later
Drivers required for Windows XP
* Linux
Windows Vista, 7, 8
Mac OSX 10.5.8 and later
Drivers required for Windows XP
* Linux
32bit / 64bit32/64 Windows
32/64 Mac
32/64 Windows
64 Mac
Bootable Mac Pro supportMac Pro Models 1,1 2,1 3,1 4,1 5,1Mac Pro Models 3,1 4,1 5,1

* Check your Linux Kernel for support of the SATA Controller Chipset on the Velocity Solo

Blending Performance and Capacity – Apricorn’s EZ Gig Cloning Software with Data Select makes it easy

The Solo is bundled with Apricorn’s EZ Gig Cloning software with Data Select. Data Select provides a simple method to deselect data folders from the cloning process which is helpful when migrating from a large HDD to a smaller SSD and perfect for creating a Boot Disk. This gives you the option to run your OS and applications from a fast, smaller SSD boot drive, while keeping your documents and media files on your original hard drive.

EZ Gig enables you to clone your hard drive in just three simple steps



Step 1
Select your Source drive

This is your computer’s internal drive and is denoted by the prefix IDE




Step 2
Select your Destination drive

This is your SSD connected to your computer by Apricorn’s Velocity Solo


Optional
Data Select tool

Select any folders you wish to exclude from the clone, such as photos, videos, music or documents. This is helpful when migrating from a large HDD to a smaller SSD or when creating a Boot Disk.




Step 3
Press the "Start Clone" button

EZ Gig will clone everything (with the exception of any folders you deselected) to the SSD drive on the Velocity Solo. It really is that simple


* Many things influence SSD performance, including the testing application, operating system, background process, anti-virus applications, etc. For a more comprehensive list of things effecting SSD performance read this article from TheSSDReview.
http://thessdreview.com/ssd-guides/optimization-guides/the-ssd-optimization-guide-2/

Velocity Solo X1
Windows XP Driver Download

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Type: Zipped File | Size: 2.98 MB
For driver installation instructions click on the FAQs tab


MacPro Compatibility
Data Transfer Rate 400 Read / 400 Write (max)
Interface PCIe 2.0 x1 with two SATA III (6Gbps)
Dimensions Fits Standard Desktop PC Systems and Mac Pro (full size PCI card)
Warranty 3 Year Limited Warranty
System Requirements DESKTOP PC
Full size desktop system with PCIe x1 card slot or larger
For optimal speeds use with PCIe 2.0 slot or higher

Velocity Solo X1 Windows XP Driver Download
Click to Download Driver
Type: Zipped File | Size: 2.98 MB
For driver installation instructions click on the FAQs tab.

MAC PRO
The Velocity Solo x1 will function as a boot device in all Mac Pro models including EFI32 bit models made prior to 2008. Supported models include Mac Pro 1,1 2,1 3,1 4,1 5,1

NOTE: Early model Mac Pro’s 1,1 and 2,1 have PCIe 1.0 expansion slots. Performance of the Solo will be limited by the PCIe bus to about 250MB/s max. Your Mac model can be found by doing an "About This Mac", and then "More Info".

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What does a PCI-e slot look like?

The Velocity Solo can be used in any of the slots shown below.


What version of PCI Express does the Velocity Solo card use?

The Velocity Solo uses PCI Express 2.0. It is backwards compatible with PCI Express 1.0 but it will work at the slower speed.

What is the difference in data rate between PCIe 1.0 and PCIe 2.0?

Version 1 has a max data rate of 250 MB/s and Version 2 has a max rate of 500MB/s.

What kind of drives can be used with the Solo?

Any 2.5 SATA hard drives can be attached on the card and any standard SATA drive (Laptop or Desktop style) can be attached using the open SATA connector. It will work with both Generation 1 and 2 SATA drives but best performance is seen with Gen 2 or SSD drives.

Can the Velocity Solo card be used in a Mac?

Yes. Please purchase the Velocity Solo X1, the Velocity Solo X2, or the Mac Edition of the Velocity Solo to use with a Mac Pro system.

Installing Velocity Solo in your Mac Pro

How do I set the Velocity Solo to be my boot drive?

Clone your original drive to the new disk on the Velocity Solo. Then enter the BIOS settings during the boot up and navigate to the section of the BIOS where the boot sequence is identified. Move the drive on the Velocity Solo ahead of the currently selected boot drive.

Will the Velocity Solo work in a low profile desktop computer?

No. The Velocity Solo is a “Full Height” (4.376 in) add-in card and will not fit in a low profile or “slim” computer?


Full height computer

Do I have to use the Apricorn EZ GIG software with my Velocity Solo?

No. Apricorn provides EZ GIG as easy to use software intended to clone your existing operating system to a disk attached to the Velocity Solo. You are not restricted from using any other software.

Am I required to attach my original disk to the expansion port on the back of the Solo?

No. The expansion port on the back of the Solo is a SATA 3 connection that may provide additional performance to any disk attached to it, but you are not required to use it. Your original disk can remain attached directly to your motherboard or if unneeded can be removed completely.

How fast is SATA III?

SATA I max uncoded transfer rate is 150 MB/s (Megabytes per second), SATA II is 300 MB/s and SATA III is 600 MB/s. Most spinning disks cannot deliver data faster than SATA II and for this reason, Apricorn recommends using a high speed Solid State Disk with the Velocity Solo to achieve the greatest performance.

Can I just move my existing 2.5” HDD or SSD to the Solo and use it for my boot drive?

Yes. You would first put the Velocity solo into the PCIe slot on the motherboard and boot the computer with the existing hard drive in its current location. Windows will detect the new hardware and automatically install drivers. Next, shut down the computer and move your SSD to the Velocity solo. During next boot up, enter the BIOS of your computer and assign the SSD on the Velocity Solo as your boot device.

Are there any BIOS requirements for the Velocity Solo?

The computer BIOS must support AHCI. (Most computers do. To verify, enter the BIOS setup and look for AHCI support. It is typically listed under either Integrated Peripherals and/or SATA operation in most BIOS. If AHCI is an option, the Velocity Solo will work.)

How do I clone Mac OSX using Apple's built-in Disk Utility?

Starting in Mac OSX 10.4 it is possible to use the Disk Utility application to perform a Restore operation of the Boot disk to another disk. Starting in OSX 10.7 this operation needs to be performed while booted in Recovery mode, but the process is still the same.

Open Disk Utility from Applications / Utilities / Disk Utility. Select the Restore tab located at the top of the application window. Carefully drag your original boot volume to the Source field, and then drag the new SSD mounted to the Velocity Solo to the Destination field. Click the Restore button and the process will begin. Once the process has finished you will quit the Disk Utility application, and open the System Preferences. Use the Startup Disk preference pane to choose your new Velocity Solo as the startup disk. Reboot the Mac and the OS will start from the new disk.

Installing the Velocity Solo Windows XP Driver

To use the Velocity Solo with Windows XP, you will need to download drivers from the Apricorn web site, and then follow these instructions.

1. Power down your workstation before installing the Velocity Solo card.
2. Remove the cover panel, and install the Velocity Solo in an available PCIe expansion slot.
3. Replace the cover panel, and boot your computer into Windows XP.
4. Download the appropriate driver installation file:
     Velocity Solo X1 XP Driver
     Velocity Solo X2 XP Driver
5. Extract the contents of the .zip file to a folder on your desktop.
6. Browse the expanded files and double click drvSetup.exe. It will be located in the folder AHCI.
7. Reboot your computer.
8. The drive attached to the Velocity Solo should now be visible in the Windows disk manager.

What are the ECCN and HST codes used for shipping this device outside the US?

ECCN: 5A992A and HTS code 8473.50.3000

Warning from Microsoft for XP users and advanced format drives (includes all SSDs).

Taken from “Microsoft Compatibility Cookbook”

Overall Windows support for large sector media

This table documents the official Microsoft support policy for various media and their resulting reported sector sizes. See this KB article for details.

Windows Support

NOTES: While not stressed in the preceding table, Windows XP, Windows Server 2003, and Windows Server 2003 R2 do not support 512e or 4Kn media. While the system may boot up and be able to operate minimally, there may be unknown scenarios of functionality issues, data loss, or sub-optimal performance. Thus, Microsoft strongly cautions against using 512e media with Windows XP or other products based on the Windows XP codebase (such as Windows Home Server 1.0, Windows Server 2003, Windows Server 2003 R2, Windows XP 64-bit Edition, Windows XP Embedded, Windows Small Business Server 2003, and Windows Small Business Server 2003 R2).

How fast is SATA III?

SATA I max uncoded transfer rate is 150 MB/s (Megabytes per second), SATA II is 300 MB/s and SATA III is 600 MB/s. Most spinning disks cannot deliver data faster than SATA II and for this reason, Apricorn recommends using high speed Solid State Disks with the Velocity Duo x2 to achieve the greatest performance.
Velocity Solo x1 Datasheet
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Velocity Solo x1 QSG
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Velocity Solo Manual
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Apricorn End-User License Agreement
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