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Toshiba has produced its own hybrid drive, following Seagate's lead and WD's stated intention. A hybrid disk drive adds a flash memory cache for hot data to the spinning platters to provide a combination of speeded-up IO and disk capacity that's not as fast as a solid state drive (SSD) but a lot cheaper. The drives look to be a …

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MB < GB

" It is 9.5mm thick and spins at 5,400rpm and has an 8MB flash cache"

I think we're going to need more flash than that to make it worth while

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Happy

Re: MB < GB

don't miss:

"Seagate's Momentus XT also has 8GB of flash, maxes out at 750GB, 250MB less than the Toshiba drive, but spins at 7,200rpm."

I'm looking forward to that extra head space of 250MB.

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Meh

real world

We still use true SSD's in notebooks...a spinning drive in a laptop...no thanks. We've used a couple of dozen or so in desktops over the last few months and they are nowhere near as fast as true SSD. Performance "feels" slightly above a 10K raptor drive. Good price per GB compared to SSD though and they run cool and silent. They're almost perfect for upgrading all-in-one PC's.

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