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Seagate promises faster hybrid flash hard drives

Seagate admits that it had to go back to the drawing board for its upcoming range of hybrid flash hard drives.

Seagate admits that it had to go back to the drawing board for its upcoming range of hybrid flash hard drives.

There was great fanfare when the idea of hybrid hard disk was first mooted. The idea is that hard disks will get much faster but will use less power, thanks to the solid state nature of flash technology. Unfortunately, hybrid drives have so far failed to deliver on the promised performance boost.

However, Seagate appears confident that its upcoming range will be able to deliver the goods.

Excerpt from The Inquirer:

Speaking at the launch, she said that the company has a new model in the works that should solve the problems. "That sucker is fast and will blow anything that's out there today out of the water," she rather confidently predicted.

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6 comments
eM DuBYaH
eM DuBYaH

even if the hybrid flash drives are not leaps and bounds faster, just the fact they draw less power is a fantastic improvement for use in laptops.

mhbowman
mhbowman

I support nearly 600 of them. We've been recently evaluating a thin client type laptop that uses a flash drive. They not only last longer on battery, but because they are locked down a simple reboot returns them to the original state. No user related problems. Yay!!

Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632
Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632

This is new, what is the price of this fast machine? or is it just for testing?. Sounds just up my street. LOL. I still have a old laptop of three years and it has only let me down once when i had just purchased it, Acer said that the motherboard had died and they not only replaced it within five days but updated it to the next motherboard in the range.

Forum Surfer
Forum Surfer

have been around for some time, and can now be had with many new laptops. Dell XPS and Macbook "Air" are a couple. But you can pick the drives themselves up from any quality online reseller like newegg or tigerdirect. You can have the drives in 2.5 for laptops or 3.5 for desktops...but the cost per gig is extrordinarily high.

Forum Surfer
Forum Surfer

Which thin client laptop are you using and what do you like/dislike about it? I've considered using those in one of our apps that requires only a secure 3270 connection.

Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632
Peconet Tietokoneet-217038187993258194678069903632

When this new drive comes out, it should not only be fast but have the sheer capacity to carry alot of data. It is no good having a fast drive if it does not hold at least 200gb of data. In the future we will all need faster drives of varius sizes then the computer will really take of to become even smaller and use less electricity. I will certainly purchase these solid state drives but only if they have the capacity to hold the minimum of 200gb. Just think of the speed boost these drives will do for your computer, bootup in three to five seconds or less.