You got your SSD in my HDD!
My favorite thing about conventions is that the products are right out in front of you. It isn't a matter of taking some marketers word or reading a press release and trying to cut out the BS. You get to observe product performance in real time. Earlier today at Storage Visions, the pre-CES show, I had a chance to watch the new Hybrid ODD from HLDS in action.
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The video below shows two laptops booting up, running a multi-tasking simulation and loading a game. One machine runs a traditional HDD, while the other uses a new Hybrid ODD. This drive integrates an SSD with an HDD. The performance differences are shocking. The Hybrid machine booted up in 38 seconds, from shut-down to start-up. The normal laptop took over a minute.
The Hybrid ODD notebook ran the multitasking simulator in a mere 8 seconds, and took less than 18 seconds to load the new Turok game. By the time the Hybrid was done running all three tests, the normal laptop hadn't even finished the multitasking program. The video is embedded below- and it's well worth a watch.
(Video starts with explanation. Demo begins at 1:22)
First generation Hybrid ODDs are available now, and the second generation (demoed in the video) are expected to launch in June.