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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