[newsimage]http://static.rankone.nl/images_posts/2012/11/yCN0gp.jpg[/newsimage]Western Digtal comes with 5 mm thin hyrid HDDs Read the full article here: [http://www.myce.com/news/western-digital-to-release-5-mm-thin-hybrid-hdds-with-flash-memory-66195/](http://www.myce.com/news/western-digital-to-release-5-mm-thin-hybrid-hdds-with-flash-memory-66195/) Please note that the reactions from the complete site will be synched below.
I’m not sure why Western Digital have taken a different tack to seagate with their hybrid drives …
Seagates hybrid drives were an absolute hit worldwide, as a compromise between storage and speed.
Western Digital is five years late to the party. Turning up this late with a drive which isn’t actually hybrid, but just two drives slapped together, and then requiring a custom interface … is just a major WTF moment …
But that said, most ultrabooks have a 24-32GB SSD and then a standard HDD, so there may be a market for it … but once again, they’re 5 years late to the party. WDs custom solution will be more expensive than existing solutions, so they’ll be focussing on the compact size to reduce ultrabook thicknesses, which might prove popular with high end tablets and the fading market for ultrabooks.
The bare minimum to store an o/s on flash is 128gb, IMO.
Laptops are seeing very weak demand… even at low prices of $250 - $500 (the same space as many 7 - 10" tablets).
What was expected and did not happen was 64gb tablets have not hit the mainstream… they are much too overpriced… (above $500), so perhaps next year.
There is no demand for hybrid hard drives. Consumers are probably already pissed at how long it’s taking for a drive capacity above 4tb to arrive and could care less about anything else, except for the prices which have only just now begun to see volume & street prices get to pre-flood levels.