If you’ve been anywhere near a PC (not a Mac, mind you) in the past few years you’d have heard of hybrid drives. These drives had a bit of flash memory that held often-accessed files – boot files, OS files, and the like – as well as plenty of old, boring spinning hard drive plates for other files. Why? Well, the flash boot section offered faster boot times while the spinning disk could “cue up” in flash if necessary to read and write.
In many cases, this memory was separate from the spinning drive. However, with the release of Intel’s Smart Response Technology as well as other solutions, these flash sectors became “invisible,” making the move from flash to platters instantaneous and invisible.
Well, Apple just got on the hybrid flight path with their new “Fusion Drive” solutions that one can only assume is some sort of Seagate partnership with special hooks in Mountain Lion built-in. In short, Apple re-invented the wheel and, presumably, made it cool to run a hybrid drive.
The benefit to consumers should be clear if you’ve ever used an SSD laptop. Boot times are measured in seconds, not minutes and apps hidden on the flash portion run faster and shut down more quickly. While we can’t say that Apple invented hybrid drives, I think their efforts should help popularize these drives in OEM catalogs, thus allowing everyone, not just Mac Mini and iMac users, to get a little bit more speed out of their legacy gear.
Embrace and extend, friends. Embrace and extend.
My computer takes too long to boot up. Around a minute and 18 seconds, to be precise(r). Which is why I want a solid state drive. But I don't want to pay ~$400 for 256 gigs of storage. Enter Seagate's Momentus X Hybrid drives, which promise near-SSD speeds, but with giant HDD storage—and not-so-giant prices. More »
Too lazy to pop your existing HDD out in favor of a Momentus XT
solid state hybrid drive? There's a Monster
for that. In what has to be one of the poorest partnership decisions of the new millennium, Seagate has decided to hitch its wagon to a company famous for scamming customers
, suing small businesses
and charging a fortune for things that... well, shouldn't cost a fortune
. Here at CES, Seagate and Monster Digital are introducing the Dakar series of upgrade kits, which will be offered with 750GB and 500GB models of Seagate's Momentus XT drive at suggested retail prices of $289.99 and $269.99, respectively. For those keeping count, the drives alone will run you around $100 (500GB) and $185 (750GB), which means that you're paying well over a Benjamin for the following: software (not needed; download cloning apps for free), cables (a couple of bucks on Monoprice), an instructional video (Monster should actually pay you
to watch this) and a screwdriver (you have ten -- just look). Great product launch, guys. Just great.
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