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Fortune recently talked to Seagate CEO, Bill Watkins, about his feeling toward the new trend of ultra-portable laptops carrying solid state disks. Apparently, Watkins feels there is no real threat for the traditional hard drive because he believes people will realize there is no valid justification for paying much more for so much less storage space. He was quoted saying: “Realistically, I just don’t see the flash notebook sell… We just don’t see the proposition.â€

But that’s not all, Watkins also mentioned that if SSDs someday become popular enough to threat the hard disk drive business, he is ready to play the lawsuit card. Watkins believes that SSD makers and boosters like Intel and Samsung violate patents they hold regarding the way storage devices communicate with computers. Despite what others may think, there are a lot of companies with great faith in this technology who we are sure are not ready to back down.
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Until they start pumping out significant increases in speed over HDD while becoming cheaper at the same time they are just a waste. I think he might be right about the patent infringement stuff too.
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I'd be happy with some decent hybrid drives. Something like a 32-64GB SSD on board with 250-1TB worth of platters would be very nice.
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This is going to end up being one of those "640k" kind of quotes. SSD's are indeed very expensive compared to their capacity...today. But they've been commercially available for what, a year? With the entire HDD industry plus some heavyweights like intel throwing themselves into SSD tech, his statements are extremely shortsighted, not to mention arrogant. Does he really think that Seagate can single-handedly sink a growing arm of the storage market with a patent that sounds only tangentially related to ssd's?
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This is going to end up being one of those "640k" kind of quotes. SSD's are indeed very expensive compared to their capacity...today. But they've been commercially available for what, a year? With the entire HDD industry plus some heavyweights like intel throwing themselves into SSD tech, his statements are extremely shortsighted, not to mention arrogant. Does he really think that Seagate can single-handedly sink a growing arm of the storage market with a patent that sounds only tangentially related to ssd's?
Exactly, and I for one am not a person that questions Intel's judgement in cases such as this.

I believe SSD's are the "wave of the future", but not in the short future.
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Hybrid drives(SSD+HDD) are a semi horrible technology. Higher failure rates, limited writes, not so stellar performance...meh. It defeats the purpose of having no moving parts, and power usage when both SSD/HDD are in use would be higher.

I forsee 3 markets opening up or remaining.

1) HDD
2) SSD
3) HDD w/ RAMdrive

-HDDs for massive data storage and backup. Cheapest solution around.

-SSDs for low power laptop and regular drive. In a few years SSDs will be affordable and boast better speed than HDDs - albeit not by much.

-RAMDrive/HDD; like that Japanese(?) drive with 1GB of cache. Extremely fast compared to an SSD/HDD; minimal power usage for the performance. A regular 5400RPM HDD paired with a smart controller and 1GB of cache can easily manage 120MB/sec sustained reads/writes. I figure once they move to 7200RPM, we'll be seeing 200MB/sec sustained reads/writes. And since it's literally using memory, any file recently accessed will have lower access times than both an HDD or SSD can provide.
     
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