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64GB flash discs will be available in PATA and SATA flavors

We are finally starting to see some real technological breakthroughs in the area of mobile storage after a long period of stagnation. 2004 saw the rise of speedy 7200RPM hard drives while this year saw the introduction of perpendicular recording which allows data to be recorded in a smaller area. Just yesterday, DailyTech reported on Seagate's hybrid solution which pairs a traditional hard drive with perpendicular recording technology to 256MB of non-volatile flash for better performance, increased battery life and faster booting in Windows Vista.

Today, PQI is showing off new drives that mimic Samsung's 32GB Flash-SSD.  PQI, with the help of Samsung NAND flash memory chips, has new 64GB IDE and 64GB SATA 2.5" storage solutions for mobile users. The drives, which are due for release in August, are by nature more rugged, lighter, cooler and more efficient than traditional hard drives with a spinning disc. And best of all, there are absolutely no moving part so no more listening to your hard drive whir while you’re typing away and no more clicking and thrashing as you open up Photoshop or perform other disk-intensive operations.

Pricing has not been announced on the new 64GB IDE and SATA 2.5" drives, but rest assured that the new drives will be many times more expensive than even the fastest 7200RPM hard drives on the market today. As the market matures and more players enter the fray, we are sure to see a steady fall in prices. In fact, Samsung predicts that the global market for NAND flash based drives will increase from $540M USD in 2006 to over $4.5 billion USD in 2010. With growth like that, there will always be a premium for NAND-based disks over traditional hard drives, but the price differential should be much more manageable than it is today.

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By Trisped on 6/8/2006 11:44:45 AM , Rating: 2
Is anyone as concerned as I am? No hard drive spin means we won’t know when the drive is being accessed. People can now install viruses without our ever knowing. Just kidding. I still am concerned though, as hard drive lights don’t do a very good job of indicating hard drive access now (some don’t even have hard drive lights). As long as they include a working hard drive access light (or better yet include a hard drive access meter like the task manager has for RAM) I will be happy. It is nice to know when the computer is waiting on the hard drive as opposed to frozen or waiting on the LAN connection.

If I was to guess, I would say this will be $2000+ since 4GB of flash is currently $100 and there is 20 times that much in this drive. Hopefully they will have 200-300MBs data transfers so we can get better use out of our SATAII interfaces.

RE: Expensive
By ProviaFan on 6/8/2006 12:51:40 PM , Rating: 2
Nope, I'm not particularly concerned about that. My 36GB Raptor makes a noticeable whine and seeks noisily; the 15kRPM SCSI and SAS drives that I lusted after before I realized how loud they were are even louder. A perfectly silent drive would be a welcome replacement - then just move everything to 120mm fans or water cooling for perfect silence.

Anyway, since the HDD light is controlled by the SATA or PATA controller and not the hard disk itself, I don't think you'll have to worry about losing it.

RE: Expensive
By Bladen on 6/8/2006 12:55:02 PM , Rating: 2
More like 20-30.

Unless they are internally multi channeled or RAIDed, so to speak.

RE: Expensive
By highlandsun on 6/8/2006 11:06:18 PM , Rating: 2
They just need a decent DRAM buffer, same as regular disk drives. Add in about 128MB of DRAM cache and it'll be great. Then it could actually sustain the ATA100 100MB/sec speed for over one second...

RE: Expensive
By lemonadesoda on 6/8/2006 2:51:58 PM , Rating: 2
There are taskbar apps that flash a box green/red depending on whether a HDD is being read/written. Just use on of those.

If you are blind, then you could install a beeper. LOL. j/k

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