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Seagate ships its first 3.5-inch hybrid drive 'SSHD', third-gen 2.5-inch hybrid drives also hit the market

Hybrid Hard Drives are nothing new, and certainly not something Seagate is a rookie at. The company has been shipping 2.5-inch hybrid drives for years now, which have been awesome for the laptop market, but desktop PC enthusiasts who demand high capacity as well as speed have been left out until now.

 

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This week Seagate has finally shipped a 3.5-inch version hybrid drive that features 2TB of spinning platters alongside 8GB of flash storage that help speed up disk intensive task without sacrificing precious storage or buying a dedicated SSD. Seagate says that the new SSHD should be as much as four times faster than traditional HDDs. That claim, of course, will depend on what you're doing on your system at the time.

 

The company also announced that it has updated its line of 2.5" hybrid drives and is now shipping 1TB regular height laptop drives as well as 500GB super slim versions that measure in at just 7mm thick. The new 2.5-inch hybrid drives are said to be as much as 40 percent faster than previous generations.

Seagate to discontinue their 7200rpm 2.5" drives by the end of the year

It looks like 2.5-inch 7200RPM HDDs are about to get their first nail in the coffin from Seagate, who has confirmed they will discontinue their faster 7200RPM 2.5-inch drives later this year. RIght now we have four drives in the 7200RPM 2.5-inch lineup, Momentus 7200.4, 7200.2, Momentus Thin 7200 and Momentus XT.

 

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The move shouldn't be a shock with the massive price shifts we're seeing in SSDs, where they're close to $1 per GB now. Not only are they cheaper, but they offer far superior performance to mechanically-driven drives, with less heat and noise which is all better for a notebook. Just because Seagate are moving in this direction, it doesn't mean we'll see them completely dive out of the performance HDD Market, as they'll put more focus into hybrid drives.

 

As time goes on, we'll most likely see HDDs expand past 4TB and SSDs level out at around 512GB to 1TB at less than $1 per GB. Storage, like all technology, is a constantly changing market and we as consumers all benefit the most.

Kent Smith of LSI explains SSD over-provisioning

Solid-state drives contain more NAND than is required to meet the listed capacity on the box. The reasoning for this is that the controller requires some of it for garbage collection and to replace cells when they go bad. The concept of over-provisioning an SSD is one that isn't always understood by the consumer, so Kent Smith of LSI has written an article to help you understand.

 

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Essentially, over-provisioning allocates a portion of the total flash memory available to the flash storage processor, which it needs to perform various memory management functions. This leaves less usable capacity, of course, but results in superior performance and endurance. More sophisticated applications require more over-provisioning, but the benefits inevitably outweigh the reduction in usable capacity.

 

You can read the entire article over at EDN.

OCZ giving away copies of Far Cry 3 with Vector SSDs

It's not like you needed any persuasion to buy OCZ'z awesome Vector SSD, but this might just tip you over into buying one. The SSD maker are offering a free copy of Far Cry 3 with 256GB and 512GB models of the Vector SSD.

 

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You can only secure yourself two copies of Far Cry 3, if you were to buy two Vector SSDs, and the offer expires on July 14, 2013. The offer is available to North America, South Ameria, EMEA and Asia region customers only.

Microsoft CEO says Dropbox is 'a fine little startup'

Microsoft CEO Steve Ballmer has come out swinging during an interview with Bloomberg, where he was bragging up their just-released Office 2013 which would beat Dropbox, saying that the 100 million users that use Dropbox, myself included, "sounds like a pretty small number to me".

 

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Ballmer must've realised he was dropping a pretty big bomb, recovering himself by saying "I'm not beating on Dropbox", adding "They're a fine little startup and that's great". 100 million users constitutes "a little startup" now does it, Ballmer? Wow. Considering from what I've seen and used, Dropbox seems far more popular and easier to use than SkyDrive, I don't know what Ballmer must be thinking other than defending his company.

Intel intros new SSD 525 Series, is destined for Ultrabooks and low-power SFF systems

With Intel shifting gears and reversing out of the motherboard business, moving into their Next Unit of Computing (NUC) and reducing power consumption on their processors, a new SSD has been unveiled by the Santa Clara-based chipmaker.

 

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Welcome the new Intel SSD 525 Series, which comes in an mSATA form factor attached to the 6Gb/s SATA standard. Intel will be providing the SSD 525 Series to OEM customers, channel and tech enthusiasts as an ultra-portable, low-power storage solution in "one-eighth the space of a traditional 2.5-inch hard disk drive". In other words, Ultrabooks, tablets and embedded applications.

 

Thanks to its PCIe mini-connector, the SSD 525 Series drive will sport the same performance of the Intel SSD 520 Series, making the SSD 525 the perfect choice for all-in-one desktops, notebooks, Ultrabooks and more - such as cars, digital signage, embedded video and retail solutions, too.

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2013 is destined to become the 'year of the SSD'

I have multiple systems here in my home office, and every single one of them features an SSD or three. I can't stand to use mechanically-driven storage drives as my OS drives anymore, and with the price dropping almost on a weekly basis, most users are doing the same.

 

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According to IHS analyst, Ryan Chien, the "fate of the SSD business is closely tied to the market for Ultrabooks and other ultra-thin PCs that use cache drives." The SSD market is set to really expand this year thanks to the push of Ultrabooks and other new form factors, such as SFF and Intel's NUC-type systems.

 

According to IHS' Storage Space Market Brief, worldwide shipments of SSDs will go from 39 million units in 2011 to 83 million units this year. By 2016, we should be in a world where 239 million SSDs are shipped, which will represent around 40% of the entire HDD market in that year. This is all thanks to the constantly declining price of SSDs, which is helping them get pushed into more and more systems and new form factors thanks to its low-power consumption, noise and heat.

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Facebook to the world: Develop a new kind of more efficient flash memory for photo storage

Facebook's Jay Parikh, VP of infrastructure engineering, wants to move everyone's photos to flash memory for both quality and energy saving purposes. The only issue is that the proper kind of flash memory needed simply does not exist in commercial scale.

 

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Our own Anthony Garreffa recently reported that Facebook users uploaded a massive 1.1 billion photo uploads on New Year's day alone, and it is metrics like that that is pushing Facebook into looking for better image storage methods than the old school mechanical hard drive method.

 

It's not that the hard drive storage method isn't working, but rather it is inefficient, slow, and consumes a ton of power when compared to solid state storage. That is why Parikh is calling upon the world to create a new kind of flash memory that is designed for occasional data retrievals, unlike current technology that is designed for persistently accessed files - that is, high performance NAND. This truly is one of those "If you build it, Facebook will come" scenarios.

Want to know how SSDs are made? Crucial takes you behind the scenes in this new video

Ever wonder how an SSD is made? No longer will this burning question keep you up at night as Crucial has just posted up to YouTube a behind-the-scenes video detailing the creation of a solid state drive, from inception to delivery.

 

 

In the video, they explain the process in a quick manner, so pay attention. They cover silicon design, wafer production, individual chip production, testing, assembly, more testing, packaging, and delivery. Watch the video and let us know something cool you learned from it that you didn't know before.

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Foremay releases world's first 2.5" SATA 2TB SSD

Foremay, an OEM SSD manufacturer, has released the world's first 2TB SSD drives with a standard 2.5" SATA interface. Both new models seem to only be available for OEM and industrial applications though at this stage.

 

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Foremay is offering the SC199 (for mission-critical applications) and TC166 (for terminal computing) product families in either commercial or industrial grades to suit end-user's specific applications. Features include Advanced Power Management, Advanced Error Correction, Military Secure Erase, and hardware based encryption.

 

"By leveraging Foremay's patent pending technologies, we are proud to deliver the world's first 2 TB SSD in standard 2.5" SATA form factor," said Jack Winters , Foremay's CTO and co-founder. "We hope our high reliability 2 TB SSD drives can help create more design freedom and storage space for both mission-critical and enterprise applications."

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