Samsung first with hybrid hard drives
The first hybrid hard drives seem ready to trickle in to retail soon, but before we can buy all buy them off the shelf they?ll appear in laptops, mainly because they use significantly less power than traditional hard drive technology.
Hybrid drives use large amounts of flash memory instead of a traditional cache buffer found in current HDD’s which should boost performance in some areas, but they need OS support, and that means hybrid drives are currently Vista only.
Acording to Samsung, its MH80 drives feature Samsung’s "ReadyBoot" (not ReadyBoost) technology that offers up to a 50 percent reduction in boot and resume times from traditional magnetic hard drives. In addition, the drive consumes 70-90 percent less power than a traditional hard drive, which extends the battery life by 30 minutes before a recharge is needed, the company said.