Seagate launches "NAND Flash memory" notebook drives

Seagate today introduced the first in what it expects will be the future direction of hard disk technology, drives that use NAND Flash memory as an extra-large cache. The launch comes as vendors are experimenting with integrating solid-state, all-Flash drives into their PC disk storage offerings. SanDisk, for instance, recently announced plans for a solid-state […]

Seagate today introduced the first in what it expects will be the future direction of hard disk technology, drives that use NAND Flash memory as an extra-large cache.

The launch comes as vendors are experimenting with integrating solid-state, all-Flash drives into their PC disk storage offerings. SanDisk, for instance, recently announced plans for a solid-state drive in 32GB and 64GB capacities.

Such drives offer the potential for "disk" storage that's far quieter, faster and energy-efficient than conventional hard drives. But these benefits are mitigated by their low capacity and staggering cost. To put this in perspective, a 64GB drive is around $900, while 1TB 3.5-inch internal SATA drives are priced at just over $300.

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