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Old 16th July 2007, 10:25   #1
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Default Hybrid flash hard-drives common by 2011

Analyst firm In-Stat claims that OEMs will move to hybrid flash-hard disk drives by 2011. In a report the company claims PC makers are speeding up a their move to solid state memory and hybrid drives are seen as stage one of the process. While PC makers are expected convert rather quickly to either Turbo Memory NAND HDD caches or to hybrid hard drives, we do not anticipate this to be high on the list of priorities of the computer-buying public In-Stat said. However In-Stat thinks Microsoft, Intel and Samsung will be the early adopters. (src: Fudzilla)

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Old 16th July 2007, 11:47   #2
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by 2011 most PCs will have pure flash drives, not the gapfiller hybrid drives
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in less than 5 years no more HDD platters? I don't see that happening unless they can drastically increase size of the Flash drives, increase transfer speeds AND decrease prices.

They'll have a hard time fighting for value against 1 terrabyte HDDs
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More than 50% of all PCs sold are already portable solutions where flash ahs a bigger benefit and on the smaller sizes for cheap desktops flash is coming closer quick because there are certain costs for a regular HD that always appear regardless of size.
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In my opinion it will take to 2011 before prices even begin to become reasonable for flash-based drives. HDD's will still offer much higher capacities than flash could hope to offer, and will do so at better prices. I don't think hard disk drives will be going anywhere until 2015+, at the absolute minimum.

Seconly these "benefits" of flash drives are currently not really realized, despite the marketing hype. Link It will require OS service packs, and much larger drives to offer advantages worth the huge price differences.
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Um, that article is about something else. I'm talking about flash HDs 64 to 128 GB big that could replace the traditional HD in portable systems and low-end PCs.
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Why would you replace them if not for the "power savings"? It will be a long time before flash even outperforms a hard drive without costing a small fortune for a quarter the capacity.
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