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This would be a good move for WD. Their Black drives are getting uncompetitive against even entry level SSD. Their Black2 drive didn't do too well either. Maybe with SanDisk's technology and patents they can do better.
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This would be a good move for WD. Their Black drives are getting uncompetitive against even entry level SSD. Their Black2 drive didn't do too well either. Maybe with SanDisk's technology and patents they can do better.

Comparing the WD Blacks to SSDs is like comparing pumpkins to kumquats. Good 7200rpm HDDs, like the Blacks, still reign as being the most cost effective medium for mass storage. For storage, the speed of a SSD is normally not needed.
     
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Problem is most of them don't have enough NAND flash to make them worthwhile, so it is usually just better to go with a WD Black or a WD Blue because they will end up being faster in the end. That's at least if you plan on using the drive for more than just storage wherein you plan to access it quite often. WD released a 4TB Blue recently that seems to have decent reviews, however again it only has 140-150 MB/s read and writes. Mostly likely because it is a 5400rpm drive coupled with 8GB of NAND. Kind of disappointing when 4TB Black can do almost 50 MB/s more read/write.

It seems these Hybrid drives tend to speed up quite a bit when you frequently access them because of caching but sequential performance is still pretty lackluster because they still seem to pair the NAND with a 5400 rpm drive.

I would like to see Hybrid drives with larger NAND capacities personally and faster HDDs, the WD Black² was a step in the right direction but it carried a plenitude of issues along with it (Windows seeing the SSD and HDD as separate, along with the HDD failing but the SSD working). Maybe if WD acquired SanDisk it would help propel them in the right direction to where Hybrid drives should go.

Maybe They can create a hybrid drive with more than freaking 8 GB of NAND. Maybe they can have 32 GB NAND with a 1 TB platter.

WELL I CAN DREAM CAN'T I?!
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Maybe They can create a hybrid drive with more than freaking 8 GB of NAND. Maybe they can have 32 GB NAND with a 1 TB platter.

WELL I CAN DREAM CAN'T I?!

I hope so, I think this might happen if WD acquires Sandisk. How about a Velociraptor 10k rpm drive with 120gb of NAND. biggrin.gif
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It looks like the deal has pretty much happened. http://www.foxbusiness.com/technology/2015/10/21/western-digital-to-buy-sandisk-in-1b-deal/

Yup definitely looks like it is a go:
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Western Digital has agreed to purchase Sandisk for $19 billion in cash and stock, a deal which values Sandisk at $86.50 per share and represents a 12% premium over yesterday's closing price. Current Western Digital CEO Steve Milligan will remain in charge of the company, which retains its headquarters in Irvine, California, while SanDisk's CEO Sanjay Mehrotra is expected to remain with Western Digital and join their board of directors.

http://www.pcper.com/news/Storage/Western-Digital-Buy-SanDisk-19-Billion

Updated OP

Directly from WD:
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IRVINE, Calif. and MILPITAS, Calif. — Oct. 21, 2015 — Western Digital® Corporation (NASDAQ: WDC) and SanDisk Corporation (NASDAQ: SNDK) today announced that they have entered into a definitive agreement under which Western Digital will acquire all of the outstanding shares of SanDisk for a combination of cash and stock. The offer values SanDisk common stock at $86.50 per share or a total equity value of approximately $19 billion, using a five-day volume weighted average price ending on October 20, 2015 of $79.60 per share of Western Digital common stock. If the previously announced investment in Western Digital by Unisplendour Corporation Limited closes prior to this acquisition, Western Digital will pay $85.10 per share in cash and 0.0176 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock; and if the Unisplendour transaction has not closed or has been terminated, $67.50 in cash and 0.2387 shares of Western Digital common stock per share of SanDisk common stock. The transaction has been approved by the boards of directors of both companies.

http://www.wdc.com/en/company/pressroom/releases/?release=e5f16023-3969-4cd0-bc3b-fe7e35572518
Edited by BiG StroOnZ - 10/22/15 at 1:52am
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What is the difference though between the idea of a 32GB cache and doing that whole 128GB+1TB dual drive that was sold a while back? I mean it doesn't seem like it would be of that much benefit.

Should have bought SanDisk stock when WD teamed up with them back in 2013 I guess.
     
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Glad this is happening, itll be interesting to see what WD does with this
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What is the difference though between the idea of a 32GB cache and doing that whole 128GB+1TB dual drive that was sold a while back? I mean it doesn't seem like it would be of that much benefit.

Should have bought SanDisk stock when WD teamed up with them back in 2013 I guess.

The Black2 drive is not a true hybrid in the sense that the SSD and HDD partitions are seen as 2 different drives, you can't use the 128GB SSD portion as cache.
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Their SD/microSD cards/usb sticks are well-known for their reliability.

WD buying them out = r.i.p. SanDisk reliability. thumb.gif
    
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Their SD/microSD cards/usb sticks are well-known for their reliability.

WD buying them out = r.i.p. SanDisk reliability. thumb.gif

Maybe, maybe not. I've found WD HDDs to be very reliable so I see no reason for WD to abrogate SanDisk's reliability. What hopefully will improve now that WD owns SanDisk is SanDisk's customer service. I've refused to buy their products for the past decade or so after the way they worked hard to find a lame loophole to get out of honoring the warranty on a SD card.
     
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