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When we met with Lenovo at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, we took a video look at the latest gear. That smartbook still has me intrigued, but we’ll have to see how the market reacts when the SkyLight arrives. Afterwards we caught a bit […]

When we met with Lenovo at the Consumer Electronics Show earlier this month, we took a video look at the latest gear. That smartbook still has me intrigued, but we’ll have to see how the market reacts when the SkyLight arrives. Afterwards we caught a bit of other new technology, but I didn’t hit the record button on my camcorder. Luckily, my man Sal over at Geek.com did.

Lenovo’s RapidDrive is a unique twist to the traditional storage model. Like a hybrid system, RapidDrive uses both a traditional, magnetic hard drive and a faster SSD drive that has no moving parts. But having two drives can be confusing for some consumers, so Lenovo created a smarter system. RapidDrive technology treats the two different drives as one contiguous unit, so people don’t have to worry about which of the two drives their data is on. Even better: the RapidDrive system automatically optimizes data dynamically, so you gain the benefit of the faster SSD drive with oft-used data and apps. And Lenovo claims that Windows boot times are decreased by up to 66% with RapidDrive.

In our demo, there was a noticeable speed difference in the RapidDrive system when compared to the exact same hardware without an SSD and RapidDrive. You can see this demo in a set of scripted tasks between two systems. Lenovo hasn’t announced a price for this option on systems yet, but it will be available on the upcoming Y560 and Y460 notebooks that hit later this quarter.

  1. I was just asking a coworker yesterday, “whatever happened to hybrid drives?”

    I found an article online from extremetech where the reporter asked a Seagate exec if hybrid hard drives were coming back. The answer was, ‘No’.

    Someone might want to tell Lenovo that.

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    1. Here’s the link if the blog software lets it through:

      http://www.extremetech.com/article2/0,2845,2342725,00.asp

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    2. It would be more accurate to say that Microsoft’s support for hybrid drives isn’t coming back. Rather they are leaving it to OEMs, like Lenovo, to implement.

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