Samsung launches new quiet hard drives

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Samsung launches new quiet hard drives

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These might be of use in frontends where drive space is not important, but noise is.  In my case, a 10 GB drive would be more than enough.

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Well...I have a 160GB 2 year old Sammy with an over abundance of bad sectors I'm about to warranty....maybe they'll send me one of these to replace it Smile

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I have to agree that I'm far more interested in larger capacity flash drives. They're silent, fast and durable. Considering Samsung already has a 64gb one, I don't understand why they even bothered with this thing.

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jennyfur wrote:

I have to agree that I'm far more interested in larger capacity flash drives. They're silent, fast and durable. Considering Samsung already has a 64gb one, I don't understand why they even bothered with this thing.

The possibility of a virtually silent and 'instant-on' machine is quite tempting.  I hope they go mass market quickly and the prices start to drop.

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Maybe cost?  If the 64GB flash HDD still costs 3x what a 160GB platter HDD does, and the platter can be made sufficiently quiet, I'd still go with it while I wait for flash prices to come down.

Maybe the price premium on the noise savings will also go down as they build more and this technique can be fitted to larger drives in the future - in which case, we get the best of both worlds - huge storage and quiet too, without the $$$ of flash.

We really don't need the extra 'speed' of flash to playback video, even in HD the decoding is probably the operant bottleneck, not the transfer rate. 

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Jiffylush wrote:
The possibility of a virtually silent and 'instant-on' machine is quite tempting.  I hope they go mass market quickly and the prices start to drop.

Oooohhh yeeeaah. "Instant-on" sounds so hawt. Laughing out loud

Considering the timeframe at which they seem to be increasing the capacity of these things (it doubled to 64gb in only a few months) then I have all the confidence in the world that it will drop in price and go mass market in a relatively short timeframe, like maybe within the next year. Considering they're already slapping em into laptops, it's the next logical progression for devices that require either silence, quick access, or durability for traveling.

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Maybe cost?  If the 64GB flash HDD still costs 3x what a 160GB platter HDD does, and the platter can be made sufficiently quiet, I'd still go with it while I wait for flash prices to come down.

They still cost more than a typical perpendicular drive for the size. I just don't think that for that capacity and price that there's enough of a market for this "in between" solution. Most people, even those wanting a quiet solution for something like a media PC, would probably still just buy a regular drive for the capacity at this point and deal with slightly higher noise levels.

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