Thursday, September 20th 2012

WD 5 mm Hybrid Hard Drives Set for Mass Production by Late 2012

As hard drives stared at oblivion in the Ultrabook segment, with Intel planning to slim the specification down even further, leaving room for nothing but bare SSDs, WD pulled a rabbit out of its hat with the revolutionary 5 mm-thick hybrid HDD. Following its September 10 announcement, 5 mm-thick hybrid HDDs have reportedly sparked great interest in notebook vendors, which prompted WD to pull its mass-production schedule from Q1 2013 to end of 2012.

Source: DigiTimes, Image Courtesy: Engadget
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15 Comments on WD 5 mm Hybrid Hard Drives Set for Mass Production by Late 2012

#1
Fairlady-z
Wow thats really neat how thin they are. I wonder how they preform compared to traditional 2.5 laptop drives.
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#2
Jizzler
Nice... if for nothing else, a few chuckles that WD gets to wave a 5mm MHD in Intel's face. However, I couldn't see myself buying an ultrabook without an SSD.
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#3
RejZoR
This is good if you need capacity but for portable devices SSD is really the way to go. So you can thrash laptop around and not worry a bit. Ins fact i now worry that shocks aren't affecting the cooling fan, but at least i don't have to worry about data loss due to bump shock.
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#4
Velvet Wafer
these should be awesome for desktop modders and enthusiasts too....i thank think of a LOT of places where you could put one or two of these, and use them as a datadrive,osdrive, whatever you want to do with them..i mean...even in a HTPC case i bet there is enough place to fit a lot of them ;)
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#5
PopcornMachine
It all depends on how they perform and the cost.

Looking forward to finding out.
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#7
Sasqui
There are already a few Hybrid drives out there and these will probably be on par.

Pros:
Faster than traditional HDD's
Way cheaper than a pure SSD

Cons:
Not shock proof
Not as fast as an SSD

Of course the distiguishing feature from WD is the form factor
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#8
RejZoR
by: Velvet Wafer
these should be awesome for desktop modders and enthusiasts too....i thank think of a LOT of places where you could put one or two of these, and use them as a datadrive,osdrive, whatever you want to do with them..i mean...even in a HTPC case i bet there is enough place to fit a lot of them ;)
Indeed. This one is so thin i could stick two behind motherboard and call it a day, meaning i could use even smaller case and use the HDD space for other stuff. Not to mention even smaller and thinner nettops.
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#9
xaira
now they wont have to use the msata slot for the cache drive because the cache is right on the disk, i really dont see what all this fuss is, ultrabooks are supposed to be the smallest lightest and most powerful, so to me the ultrabook spec should be locked down to msata ssds
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#10
Atom_Anti
I'd like better a 7mm 1TB drive;).
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#11
Drmark
So when are they going to pop the 5tb drives? I am about to begin buying 8 4tb's, would love to see them drop in price and just go to the 5's instead.
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#12
Prima.Vera
by: Drmark
So when are they going to pop the 5tb drives? I am about to begin buying 8 4tb's, would love to see them drop in price and just go to the 5's instead.
Why buy 8, buy 11 or 23
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#13
Drmark
I have a Synology 8 bay server. I am running out of space with the 8 2tb drives I put in it. I figure 8 4tb drive, buy the 5 bay extender and load 5 2tb drives in it. Then will have a lot more space to grow into.
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#14
de.das.dude
Pro Indian Modder
Just think of the Epic modding potential!
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#15
Jizzler
Couple notes there weren't in the OP/source:

Blue is not hybrid, just a 5mm drive.

Black will have models with 8GB flash, up to 32GB.



by: de.das.dude
Just think of the Epic modding potential!
Hmm.. I'm having trouble with that. Why you don't you put some ideas out there for us Mr. Engineer? :)
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