Western Digital SSD and HDD Dual Drive Hybrid

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  1. Hilbert Hagedoorn

    Hilbert Hagedoorn Don Vito Corleone Staff Member

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    Western Digital announced the release of the WD Black2 dual drive, a unique storage innovation that fuses a 2.5-inch 120 GB solid state drive (SSD) with a 1 TB hard disk drive (HDD) to offer a powerf...

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  2. huilun02

    huilun02 Master Guru

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    2 drives 1 cable. I wonder how it will affect max read/write speed.
     
  3. SirDremor

    SirDremor Master Guru

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    Errrmm, what?

    I clearly remember WD telling that its new hybrid Blacks will use special caching software... looks like either they couldn't get it working or the results were poor...
    I am not happy at all with such "solution" =(

    Yes, this drive has some potential market, but its value is hugely diminished for me... Also - Jmicron controller... 2 available volumes over one connection... (I am not saying it will be saturated, I am more worried about the complexity of tech\firmware of doing so...)

    Well, let's wait for benchmarks and reviews... also some benchmarks of available current SSD caching software will be nice...


    Update: May be this Black^2 is simply another category of drives?... and we will see a "proper" Hybrid Black in the nearest future...
     
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  4. sykozis

    sykozis Ancient Guru

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    $299 is too expensive. You can buy a 120GB SSD and 1TB mechanical, separately, for less.
     

  5. sverek

    sverek Ancient Guru

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    I don't get hybrid drivers.

    User himself knows better what frequent software he/she uses and what requires speed.
    Buying separate HDD/SSD as sykozis mentioned, makes much more sense.
     
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  6. Ryu5uzaku

    Ryu5uzaku Ancient Guru

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    those 8gb ssd with 2tb drives at 120€ are pretty good for gaming imo. faster then traditional huge drives and way cheaper then ssd's by far and offer nice speed boost.
     
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  8. Kaarme

    Kaarme Master Guru

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    That's exactly it. I don't know why anybody would put them in desktops (unless it's some tiny mATX box), but I might be interested in getting one of these for my 15" laptop with only a single HD slot. But the price would need to be a bit more interesting, and partially for that reason 120+500 would be enough for me. Since I would just get a 250GB SSD otherwise, due to pricing and the fact I don't need so much space.
     
  9. D1RTYD1Z619

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    Rumor has it that this is to thick to even fit in a laptops hdd bay.
     
  10. Andrew LB

    Andrew LB Master Guru

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    Yeah, But does your laptop have room for two hard drives? most don't.

    Also, I can see this being a good solution for people with a PS4 once the price gets a little better. Well... that's if the PS4 will allow a drive like this to function.
     

  11. Andrew LB

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    Rumor has it you just made that up out of thin air. If you read the article, it clearly says the drive fits in 9.5mm high locations.
     

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