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Samsung releases its first hybrid hard drives

While Fujitsu may have snagged the headlines on Monday for its 7200RPM 160GB SATA/300 2.5" hard disk drive (HDD), Samsung is looking to make a few headlines of its own with the availability of the world's first hybrid HDDs. Samsung new MH80 Series hybrid HDDs will be available in capacities of 80GB, 120GB and 160GB.

Samsung new MH80 HDDs will be fully compatible with Windows Vista and will offer OneNAND Flash onboard in capacities of 128MB or 256MB. The onboard flash allows for up to 50% faster OS boots, quicker resume times and increases in battery life of up to 30 minutes.

"As a leader in both hard drive and flash memory technologies, Samsung brings to market a unique hybrid hard drive that is sure to revolutionize the notebook computing experience," said Albert Kim, National Sales Manager, Storage Systems for Samsung Semiconductor. "The MH80 hybrid hard drive provides the ideal solution for two major issues that notebook PC users continually face: faster boot and resume performance and extended battery life."

Samsung claims that the MH80 Series offers five times the reliability of traditional HDDS while consuming 70-90% less power.

Hopefully, Samsung's claims will pan out in real world testing. Internal testing by Lenovo engineers has shown that hybrid HDDs aren't all they're cracked up to be.

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hybrid hard drive + /vs ready boost?
By nerdye on 3/7/2007 9:45:51 PM , Rating: 2
One of the curiosities I have when I first read this article is, how would this hard drive perform on a vista pc that already has 2 - 4 gb of speedy ram, and a 2 - 8 gb usb thumb-drive in use for ready boost mode? Obviously if we give platter based hard drives integrated 128mb - 256mb of nand memory it will speed up random access speeds of the hard drive, which is what ready boost does, but how about both of these technologies in conjunction? Will ready boost be less useful with such a hybrid hard drive to the point that we won't care about ready boost anymore (obviosly these hard drives will have to match ready boost's usb thumb drive capacity of 8+ gb to do so), and just buy a hybrid as all of us enthusiasts wait for an affordable 100 - 200gb desktop nand based flash hard drives to arrive to the market? I'm quite excited about alleviating our platter based hard drive bottlenecks to our bad ass pc systems!

RE: hybrid hard drive + /vs ready boost?
By TomZ on 3/7/2007 10:08:31 PM , Rating: 3
I think ReadyBoost is really intended to speed up application starts. But I personally don't spend a lot of time in a given day waiting for applications to start, so I kind of wonder about Microsoft's investment in that feature.

By nerdye on 3/7/2007 11:30:32 PM , Rating: 2
Yet you do wait for applications to start everyday, every time you restart windows you wait for it to boot up, which the hybrid drive speeds up in a very strong fashion, as does ready boost! So you argue that you don't reboot your OS all the time, yet you will scoff at the long OS boot times of yesteryear once equipped with the technology of tomorrow. Plus faster random access time of your hard drive is seriously going to eliminate bottlenecks of simple taks and make one feel like their pc is truly responsive beyond dual/quad-core offerings!

By Bladen on 3/8/2007 2:34:44 AM , Rating: 2
AFAIK ReadyBoost is limited to 4GB.

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