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post #11 of 55
Wow this is getting scary fast. But shouldn't they be working on super fast SSDs instead of these mech drives?
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Imagine a few of those in RAID0.
    
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post #13 of 55
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Originally Posted by ChrisB17 View Post
Wow this is getting scary fast. But shouldn't they be working on super fast SSDs instead of these mech drives?
Tell the glorified-gramophone manufacturers to dabble in flash-based hard drives and they're playing massive catch-up with the ones already on the market. Some of them realize they have to, though.

There are two approaches to the SSD threat, downplay them while developing your own for release next year (Seagate) or stick your head in the sand and ramp up the speed on your legacy rotational product (WD).

I guess we'll see what was the best tactic by who's still standing in a couple of years or so.
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post #14 of 55
ssd basically already won the next type of hdd. i think WD is just holding their end with their uber fast drives. it is really scary tho to know that there is a drive in your comp that is spinnin crazy
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Crazy.. i wonder if we can see 30 000 or 40 000 rpm drives too?
No.

By the time they are viable, SSDs will be faster and cheaper than them anyway.
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post #16 of 55
Keep in mind SSD's don't typically last nearly as long as rotational drives. That is a major consideration in an extremely expensive hard disk. And at 20,000RPM, it could be competitive with the higher edge ($2000) SSD's in R/W speed.

If WD can make the price competitive, they have a product, but if they end up being just a shade under SSD's in cost, then people will probably shell out the extra for 100ns response time. WD is making their product for now instead of tomorrow, and they might be on to something.
Edited by Arkanor - 6/15/08 at 10:25am
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I wish them the best. Hopefully they can pull it off.
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post #18 of 55
Don't SSD hard drives have a limited number of writes on them before they "wear out"? If so, that doesn't sound like a great idea for longevity...
     
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Well I look forward to it because the SSD drives are a great concept but not enough storage for me.
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post #20 of 55
Flash memory used to have a short lifespan, the lifespan has been improved.

That rumor will probably stick to them, though, for as long as the HDD manufacturers can spin it (sorry for the pun).
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