The next generation of PC hard drives won’t force you to choose between the speed of NAND flash and the capacity of a traditional hard drive. Samsung has unveiled their hybrid hard drives (HHD) for both notebooks and PCs. The drive, which has been developed by Samsung and Microsoft and is targeted for use with Vista if it ever arrives, adds either a 128MB or 256MB cache density solid state storage area to a traditional hard drive. According to Samsung, the flash will save you 8-25 seconds when you are booting your computer. It will also improve your battery life by 8-10%.
Samsung will start shipping the drives as samples to select customers in July, and will fully roll them out by January of next year if all goes well. Costs will be just a little bit more than a traditional drive, they will be on display for the first time at WinHEC 2006 next week, which is where they were initially announced last year.