SanDisk Unveils 32GB Drop-In Replacement Drive for Notebooks

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SanDisk is looking to replace that spinning, power-hungry hard drive in your laptop with a 1.8-inch solid state 32GB flash drive. The company says its cool-running SSD Ultra ATA 5000 1.8" drive is a drop-in replacement for those old-fashioned mechanical hard disks. It packs the performance, too, with a 62MB-per-second read speed while using less than half the battery power of conventional discs.

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Its most impressive spec is its random read rate of 7300 inputs and outputs per second, 100 times faster than most hard disks, letting the thing boot Microsoft Windows Vista in 35 seconds. That's about 28 seconds faster than a garden-variety hard disk can do. It's much smaller than the 2.5-inch 32GB flash drive Samsung introduced last March, but it's still rather pricey, adding around $600 to a laptop in which it resides. Going out to equipment manufacturers now, the company says we'll be seeing notebooks with this drive inside by the middle of this year.

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DISCUSSION

Improbable
Improbable

Lower power consumption, lower heat output, much greater tolerance for physical abuse, higher speed.

This isn't supposed to go into that 21" behemoth that hardly ever leaves a desktop. This would be great in the sort of ultraportables that Sony and Toshiba put out. With the lack of moving parts, it might also be a great upgrade for Panasonic's Toughbook line.

If you really need 100GB or more, put that in your desktop and shuffle the largest files back and forth as needed. But if you want a laptop that you can carry with you anywhere and use all day on a single charge, this'll be a great component.