HyBrid Disk writes data on SSD, mirrors to HDD

By on February 25, 2010, 5:17 PM
Earlier this week, Raidon announced the HyBrid Disk, a storage device that crams both disk and solid-state technology into a single enclosure. The device writes to an SSD while mirroring data to a 3.5-inch HDD in the same housing.

While they aren't set up in a true RAID 1 configuration, files written to the SSD can be backed up to the mechanical drive at scheduled intervals. Naturally, if the SSD fails, information can be recovered from the disk drive.

According to a company spokesperson, the SSD is removable and can be used without the HyBrid Disk casing, if you want to use it in another enclosure or hook it up inside a computer. Upon reinserting the SDD into the HyBrid Disk, the hard drive will back up the SSD data.

Raidon hasn't announced capacities or prices, but at launch, the device will only be available as an internal solution, and an external version will come later.

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GonchuB GonchuB said:

the beginning of a new era of hard drives

DeadSoul DeadSoul said:

hdd's may have 2 or 4 gb ram cache to store data rapidly and they may write to mech. hdd when idle...

Guest said:

Why not a second ssd for backup instead of a hdd?

Tekkaraiden Tekkaraiden said:

Because it would be very expensive.

Guest said:

This could be interesting a much faster auto backup, more efficient than the Tape drives of yesteryear that are still in use.

Now if we had a Desktop and Laptop/Notebook computer case, that would provide easy access to the SSD. Moving the SSD quickly/easily to another system for proper redundancy backup, would be an ideal situation for single users, but in a corporate world maybe this easy access would not provide the necessary security...

This needs to be affordable for users, as do the USB 3.0 back-up options that are not appearing in the market place. I expected to see a dozen companies with affordable cross platform Linux, Mac, and Microsoft compatible external raid units already.

This option appears to be a positive step in using the new SSDs, but mass market price level is going to be required to move it off the shelf with enough numbers to make it an desirable user technology.


Zeromus said:

This will most likely compromise capacities as a first caveat for me. Still, being that it's removable is a marvelous.

9Nails, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Towards Backup - my worries is that you never want your backups in the same locations! Theft, fire, or water damage, among others issues, will likely result in the original and the backup being lost in the same incident.

I like what Deadsoul describes. A drive which uses a large RAM cache might work really well for writes, and be somewhat beneficial for reads - especially if the RAM cache is persistent.

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