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Samsung Ships First Hybrid Drives: Flash and HDD
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Here we go, the future of hard disk drive technology [at least for a few years] is finally underway with Samsung launching the first of its hybrid HDDs. The 80GB, 120GB and 160GB 2.5in drives are winging their way to system builders right now and you can expect them to start appearing in new notebooks very soon.

Unlike regular drives, these come with either 128MB or 256MB of Flash memory, which will be used as a temporary cache for the most-used applications. The end result is a boot-up time that is twice is fast, as well as faster application access and resume from sleep, as well as a 10 per cent boost to battery life.

According to Samsung, the new drives are also five times more rugged than regular drives since the drive’s platters will be idle 99 per cent of the time which = less disk spinning = less chance of damage when you drop your notebook.

The only things conspicuous by their absence in all of the product information are prices, which you clever ones will realise is not so much an marketing oversight, but a big flashing neon sign that reads: “How Much!!??!!”.-Martin Lynch

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