If consumers and businesses are going to be convinced to switch to solid-state drives over hard disks, it's going to take something more compelling than 16GB.
On Wednesday, Hewlett-Packard will introduce a new version of its Compaq DC7800 series desktop PC. The product line was initially introduced last September, but now has an option of adding a 16GB solid-state drive (SSD) from SanDisk.
Sure, fewer moving parts when storing data is more reliable and saves power, but when an audience is conditioned to expect 80GB minimum in a desktop, 16GB appears a bit puny. (That's like running your office from an iPod, but a desktop-size iPod. It's limiting.) The software image--a load of software that includes the Windows Vista operating system and other software that corporate customers use--takes up roughly half of the available space, or 8GB, leaving the other 8GB for productivity apps like Microsoft Office and storage.
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