At Just 5mm Thick, This Hybrid Drive Is Impossibly Thin

Until SSDs get big and cheap, hybrid disk drives -- which combine a traditional high-capacity hard drive with speedy solid state memory -- are a great compromise. Particularly now that Singapore's Data Storage Institute has created a 2.5-inch 1TB hybrid drive that's just 4.98mm thick.

If it ends up being reasonably priced it could make the MacBook Air a little cheaper, and maybe even a little thinner. And it's certainly svelte enough to stick in a tablet, although that would probably be a bad idea unless you were really careful with it.

In addition to a terabyte of old-school storage, the A-Drive includes a 32GB SSD for the operating system, other software or hefty files you need quick access to. And the secret to how the DSI managed to make the A-Drive so incredibly thin lies with a proprietary design for the motor that spins the platters. It's not only thinner, it's also more energy efficient, reducing its power consumption by up to 70 per cent which in turn means better battery life. You can't buy one just yet -- sadly -- but there's probably not going to be much difficulty convincing a company to put these into production as soon as possible. [Data Storage Institute via Gizmag]



    and what speed is the mechanical drive, 5,900rpm?

    Thats nuts! Surely they won't be able to go much thinner than that.

      Five months later... "At Just 4mm Thick, This Hybrid Drive Is Impossibly Thin"
      This is still pretty damn impressive though - I wonder how well it would hold up to physical damage.

    Just make me a 1.8inch 1TB PATA drive so I can have a 1TB iPod Classic. That's when I will be throwing my wallet at the screen

    It's hard to tell from the picture - but this looks like a very early build - it's really just the frame of the HDD enclosure it's missing the controller and connectors - we will see how thick it is then as the motor does not take up much space - it's the platters and controller that make up the thickness

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    "If it ends up being reasonably priced it could make the MacBook Air a little cheaper, and maybe even a little thinner"

    You really think that a Macbook Air, with SSD storage already is going to get much thinner? I think you will find that it isn't the HDD which is the constraint, but the types of communication ports used (USB, etc)

    SSD's are cheap these days, most are under $1/gb, I've seen 256gb drives for about $150 in the past.

    still loving my Seagate Momentus XT 750GB... it's really kicked new life into my old mac pro.

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