End of the conventional HD? 32GB solid flash drive tested at THG

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http://tomshardware.co.uk/2006/09/20/conventional_hard_drive_obsoletism_uk/index.html

Samsung has released mobile computers based upon its Solid State Flash hard drives into the Korean market as of early June. The Q30 laptop generates as little as ~30 db(A) of noise, while the Q1 portable runs totally silent and according to Samsung both boot Windows XP 25-50% faster than systems featuring traditional hard drives. These machines are, however, still pretty pricey at this stage.

Still Samsung's latest SSD drive offering creates large potential for a "platform shift", representing marked benefits for the mobile enthusiasts and space conservatives among us. Keep your eye out for the integration of these Flash drives and consider their advantages when making your next upgrade decision.

As a stand-alone purchase it would wise to utilize the fast file access as a location for your operating system and swap files, and distribute file/system access between existing drives. Integrated features of the drive also let users easily take advantage of Vista's new ReadyBoost/Superfetch features. The power consumption and physical sturdiness of the unit indicate strong inclinations toward mobile use and should allow for the manufacture of products with longer battery life, increased durability and reduced weight as well as decreasing boot times. Non-volatile, large capacity Flash based SSD is a fantastic idea whose time has almost come.
I can't wait for these to start replacing the mechanical HD. Faster, silent, no heat, less power usage.... :D
 
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Faster, silent, less heat... aside from the fact that there would be no more mechanical components in a PC anymore! (ignore fans).

Much more reliable too. Can't wait!
 
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why did they limit it though with a at66 interface. surely sata would have been better
Maybe the drive isn't as fast as they like to claim and to stop people finding the actual limit, they limit it to 66MB/s. They certainly wouldn't take steps back like this without good reason. Can you imagine the cost of an ATA133/100 controller over an ATA66? Either that, or they have physically limited an ATA133/100 interface chip.... it makes me cautious.
 
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me too. why limit the drive at all if its such a promising tech, unless of course it just like any other flash memory in that its dog slow.

Also, why are toms testing it against the like of 7200.1's and 7k100's, limiting the comparisions to slow laptop drives? Rubbish testing from toms, as usual.
 
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