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September 29, 2011

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“…operation of modern HDDs involves … a disk that is spinning in excess of 10,000 rpm.”
Sure wish that were true. The fastest 1TB I could find for my laptop a few months back was 5400 rpm. It's a big step backwards from the 7200 rpm high-capacity drive I had.

This functionality, whether embedded in the disk drive itself or on the motherboard, could make a *HUGE* difference in speed of most disk-intensive work. I'd LOVE to see it

@ Electrovir

The argument for a hybrid is a good one. This concept of having everything of yours in the cloud isn't going to be cheap if you want your 300GB to 1TB of data with you at all times. Your scenario is good for socialite-users but not for everyone. So the hybrid serves the needs of business users and those in the arts.

Not everyone wants an SSD for a TB, which they don't even make yet and I can't imagine the insane cost they'll be initially. There isn't one solution yet and the hybrid drive is an answer for many who have large storage needs. So it really depends on where you're coming from.

This may never happen. SSD has gotten cheaper much faster than was previously thought, and users have shown they will pay a large premium on a device that is much smaller and lighter and more reliable because it has no moving parts.

The majority of Apple PC's sold today are already pure SSD. 100% of iPads and about 60% of Macs. iCloud launches in a week. That makes even less need for slow local storage. You replace the HD with SSD, and if there is an optical drive, replace it with HD. Done. That is your transition. Later, take out the HD. If you want to make them appear to be one drive, the operating system can do that.


Simply a transition phase between HDD and SSD.... Kind of annoying, but it's getting us closer at least.

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