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Jim Handy, of Objective Analysis, believes that the chip-based drives may not see significant use in notebook computers for three to five years.

"We remain sceptical in our outlook for rapid adoption of Flash-based SSDs," he said.

"Flash has found success in replacing hard disk drives [HDDs] where a fixed capacity is needed, but notebook and PC users will continue to demand increasingly larger HDDs for quite a while yet."

The first Flash-based drives began to emerge as options for notebooks in 2007. Vendors such as Apple and Dell offer SSDs on selected notebooks at anywhere from $900 to $1,300.

"SSDs are about 20 times more costly than an HDD of the same capacity, a ratio that is likely to remain constant for the next several years," said Handy.
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Handy is not alone in his assessment. HP executives said last month that the company does not expect SSDs to become large enough and cheap enough to appeal to most users until at least 2010.
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so wait are thay droping in price
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Originally Posted by G|F.E.A.D|Killa View Post
so wait are thay droping in price
HD storage capacity is increasing while the price is dropping as well. SSD won't be mainstream until they can get at least close to HD. Most users want cheap + size over a few more minutes of power, silence, or performance. Almost none care about the shock resistance.
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i thought the power requirements for SSDs were a drastic decrease were they not?

so wouldn't there already be a need in portable devices such as media players and laptops?
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the only reason is because their capacity is not as large as HDDs? that's lame. at least he could have correctly spelled skeptical. the more that SSDs are used in laptops the cheaper and bigger they'll get. i don't understand why IT analysts don't know **** about the dynamics of the IT economy.
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the only reason is because their capacity is not as large as HDDs? that's lame. at least he could have correctly spelled skeptical. the more that SSDs are used in laptops the cheaper and bigger they'll get. i don't understand why IT analysts don't know **** about the dynamics of the IT economy.
But, the fact is that they won't start to be used (mainstream) in laptops until they get cheaper. Kinda a catch 22.

If the price/GB is steadily falling, I will probably get one in the next couple of years. But at current prices, I would much rather set up RAID 0 arrays and get the same performance for cheaper with larger capacity but less data security.
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But, the fact is that they won't start to be used (mainstream) in laptops until they get cheaper. Kinda a catch 22.

If the price/GB is steadily falling, I will probably get one in the next couple of years. But at current prices, I would much rather set up RAID 0 arrays and get the same performance for cheaper with larger capacity but less data security.
I understand that a bulk order of SSDs would cost HP a lot of money, and that SSDs are not known (nor required) in general home use appliances. I would much rather prefer that HP with it's 'power' influence manufacturers to increase production to lower costs of SSDs than to just say "nope, not gonna do it," or at least give consumers the option of an SSD. I thought HP was a leader in the field but it doesn't seem like it when they refuse to support a much faster, more efficient, and more stable product.

Setting up a RAID-0 array will get you much better performance, but for each HDD that you add into the array, the less stable your data redundancy is, exponentially, thus not satisfying the benefits of an SSD. Similarly, most mainstream desktop, and especially laptop products don't support RAID functions, let alone a "mainstream user" having the knowledge to setup a RAID array, or even knowing what a RAID array is (which means they wouldn't buy a product that would already have an array setup for them.)
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I know that Apple offers SSD as an option in some of their computers.
I agree with you. If they would at least OFFER it as an option, many more people would buy them, and therefore the price would come down.
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course they aren't close to mainstream - the prices are horrendous
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