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Microsoft and Samsung are pitching a new hard drive technology that uses flash memory in conjunction with the HDD to provide intelligent caching, thus saving battery life and offering shorter boot times.  The new technology, dubbed hybrid hard drive (HHD), uses 1Gbit flash memory which prevents […]

Microsoft and Samsung are pitching a new hard drive technology that uses flash memory in conjunction with the HDD to provide intelligent caching, thus saving battery life and offering shorter boot times.  The new technology, dubbed hybrid hard drive (HHD), uses 1Gbit flash memory which prevents the need for the hard drive to spin continuously. 

"Hybrid drive architecture… is an advancement that will improve the performance and reliability of any computer using the Windows Longhorn operating system," said Tom Phillips, general manager of Microsoft’s Windows group.

By James Kendrick

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  1. >>uses 1Gbit flash memory which prevents the need for >>the hard drive to spin continuously

    In theory, this sounds good. But in practice,
    I can see multiple spin down/spin up cycles
    increasing needlessly. Even though access to
    data would be slightly reduced compared to a
    constantly spinning 7200 or 10000 RPM HHD, which
    is designed to continuously spin, I think the
    additional wear and tear on the HDD vs
    the ‘speed gain’ would be very nominal at best.
    What you really want is a FLASH BASED HDD!
    Which I understand already exists (IBM) but
    comes at a very high cost.

    “It is designed to work with Longhorn, the next generation of Windows….”
    “Hybrid drive architecture… is an advancement that will improve the performance and reliability of any computer…”

    Lets not forget that to make LongHorn successful,
    MS will be pitching all kinds of new reasons for
    you to spend $350.00++ on an OS ‘upgrade’ which
    will inturn cause you to spend more on ‘new and improved’
    compatible hardware that is ‘certified’ LongHorny compatible
    etc etc etc and the never ending cycle continues…

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  2. That’s an odd combination… flash memory for cache. Isn’t one of the limitations of flash memory the limited lifetime of read/write cycles? And an essential characteristic of cache memory is frequent read/write cycles. What am I missing here?

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  3. You’re missing the desire of every corporation to force you into an upgrade cycle.

    A hard drive whose cache is pre-determined to burn out every two years is a hard drive that must be replaced every two years.

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