Storage

Toshiba flash drives break 30 GB, Samsung offers tiny HDD, and Seagate to make flash-based hard drives


Storage is leaping forward as fast as any segment of the technology market right now. Three news stories during the past week punctuate the rapid changes that are happening in storage:

The story about the 32 GB flash drives -- which will be available in January -- made me think of the little video camera we have at TechRepublic for shooting video clips. It has a built-in 30 GB hard drive, and we also have a 4 GB flash card that we use for taking short clips that can easily be downloaded to virtually any system. In January, we could get a flash card that is actually bigger than the camera's built-in hard drive. Of course, the Samsung announcement portends that cameras, MP3 players, and other devices will soon be sporting much larger hard disk drives.

The news that Seagate is working on a new generation of hard drives that are actually based on flash storage rather than the traditional platters makes me think of the Palm Foleo, which is due to be released next month. I saw a demo of it at LinuxWorld in early August, and one of the things I was most impressed with was that it starts up immediately when you push the power button. This is a feature of flash-based storage as opposed to traditional hard drives.

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6 comments
anjaneshbabu
anjaneshbabu

the trend seems to be that current platter based hard drives would be replaced by solid state memory .Soon we may have instant bootup computers and a considerable drop in power and weight requirements in portables.I believe solid state memory would work better with multicore processing and parallel programming.

dbeere1
dbeere1

If you had your choice of state of the art with all the bells and whistles' would you purchase a Dell or Toshiba Laptop. Dennis/Toronto, ON Canada

paulob
paulob

if you google, there are 64Gig USB flash drives available. Check out the chinese sites for the cheaper ones. I have also heard there are 128Gig ones available. I did see a USB raid drive made with 512M USB and while it did speed things up it relied on all the USB sticks being on one USB hub. If there had been seperate paths for the USB to motherboard links, I have no doubt the speed would have increased significantly.

gregt
gregt

There are two hurdles that will prevent flash devices from replacing spinning platters in the near future. As mentioned, a very finite write-life, as well as considerable time required to perform writes. However, larger solid-state flash drives will make archiving and backup much easier.

Genera-nation
Genera-nation

Only has a finite life that is potentially much lower than a spinning disk! I thought current 'Memory' was solid in state??

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