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Toshiba demonstrates Boot Time enhancement with new Hybrid HDD on video at CES

We get a look at the performance of Toshiba's new HDD/SSD hybrid drive

By Paul Alcorn on Jan 12, 2013 at 03:33 am CST - 0 mins, 55 secs reading time

CES 2013 - At the Toshiba booth at Storage Visions 2013 we caught video of the difference in boot times between three different laptops. One laptop was outfitted with an SSD only, the second was outfitted with a standard HDD, and finally the third had Toshiba's new hybrid HDD with NAND onboard.

This type of HDD provides the speed of an SSD with the capacity of an HDD through intelligent data caching. The HDD is essentially a souped-up 5400RPM MK10ADBH combined with Toshiba's own 32nm SLC NAND technology. This provides low power consumption in conjunction with high performance.

Toshiba demonstrates Boot Time enhancement with new Hybrid HDD on video at CES |

The competition for the hybrid HDD market has heated up recently, with Seagate currently having the lead with the Momentus XT. Much of the reason for Seagate's success in this realm stems from the fact that they have had the only hybrid on the market. Now that Toshiba has entered the ring, and with Western Digital announcing its own hybrid at CES, look for this segment to heat up.

This competition should lead to further rapid advancement and lower prices for consumers.

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Paul Alcorn


The quest for benchmark world records led Paul further and further down the overclocking rabbit hole. SSDs and RAID controllers were a big part of that equation, allowing him to push performance to the bleeding edge. Finding the fastest and most extreme storage solutions led to experience with a myriad of high-end enterprise devices. Soon testing SSDs and Enterprise RAID controllers at the limits of their performance became Paul's real passion, one that is carried out through writing articles and reviews.

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