A flash of inspiration may extend your laptop's battery life
Subject: Storage | July 13, 2006 - 11:38 AM | Jeremy Hellstrom
The Tech Report takes a look at Super Talent's upcoming flash based 2.5" laptop disk drive. With 3 sizes (4, 8 and 16 GBs), it won't hold huge amounts of data but certainly enough to be useful. With no moving parts, the power drain is in the neighbourhood of 10% of a normal drive's requirements, this will extend your notebooks battery.
"IN AN ATTEMPT TO improve performance and extend battery life, mobile hard drive manufacturers are
working on hybrid designs that combine flash memory with traditional platters. Flash memory's fast
access times, low weight and power consumption, and lack of moving parts make it ideal for mobile
environments, which is perhaps why Microsoft has made hybrid drives a requirement for Windows Vista
Premium certification starting in June of 2007.
Of course, the first hybrid hard drives aren't even expected to become available until early next
year. However, you don't have to wait six months to get flash memory in a 2.5" notebook hard drive;
Super Talent's 2.5" IDE Flash drives are available today in sizes up to 16 GB. The prospect of a
silent, lightweight notebook hard drive with frugal power consumption is certainly tantalizing, but
what about performance? Join us as we run Super Talent's IDE Flash drive through the wringer to
determine whether it's a worthy notebook upgrade."
Here are some more Storage reviews from around the web:
- Seagate 2006
Technology Briefing @ Adrian's Rojak Pot
- Thecus N5200 NAS
Appliance - 3.5 terabytes tested @ HEXUS
- Thermaltake SilverRiver 2.5
Laptop Hard Drive Enclosure Review @ The TechZone
- An eSATA
Double Feature @ ExtremeTech
Thumb-Drives @ Hardware Zone
- Brando USB 2.0 to SATA /
IDE Cable @ Pro-Clockers
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