Western Digital ships world's first 5mm laptop HDD and hybrid variant

By Jos ยท 7 replies
Apr 23, 2013
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  1. Western Digital today began shipping the world's first 5mm thick hard drives, which the company says will enable new levels of portability in Ultrabooks without the price premium that SSDs entail. The devices will be marketed under two different series:...

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  2. Vilandra

    Vilandra TS Member Posts: 22

    So what makes it a "hybrid"? I was expecting from the title for this to be like a fusion drive, but it doesn't seem that way from the article?
  3. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,662   +1,948

    says it here:

    It is the use of built-in flash storage that turns it into it a hybrid, or a mutant, if you prefer ;)
  4. Cota

    Cota TS Enthusiast Posts: 513   +8

    Shock test it :3
  5. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 3,662   +1,948

    I bet with the right combination of velocity, flooring and attitude no SSD will stand to a willing enthusiast ;)
  6. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    The "Fusion" drive from Apple isnt really a hybrid. It is just a software mod in OSX that sends images and large files to the HDD instead of the low-capacity SSD.

    This hybrid is different since it uses a cache to store important things to be accessed quickly. I really like WDs push for HDDs in a time of SSDs. They really need to get into SSDs if they want to survive.
  7. Zeromus

    Zeromus TS Booster Posts: 227   +7

    I honestly though their "FusionDrive" was just a hybrid drive that's been branded. Is there something like that for windows?
  8. Jad Chaar

    Jad Chaar Elite Techno Geek Posts: 6,515   +974

    Well, there are hybrid drives like the this Seagate one. But the Fusion drive is partitioned in a way to send large data to an HDD, and smaller, more accessed data to the SSD. A hybrid like the one I mentioned from Seagate, just has a cache to speed up strenuous tasks, mainly to make your PC boot faster.

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