Seagate to Begin Shipping Third Generation Solid State Hybrid Drives

Paul Lilly

For the first time, Seagate will offer a solid state hybrid drive for the desktop.

Less than a week after saying it would no longer produce 7200 RPM hard drives for notebooks, Seagate today announced the launch of its third generation hybrid drive family, now called SSHD (solid state hybrid drive). There are three new models in all, including one for laptop PCs (Seagate Laptop), a 7mm high drive for Ultrabooks and ultrathins (Laptop Thin), and for the first time, a variant designed for desktops.

According to Seagate, storage performance is up to 40 percent faster than the previous generations. In terms of real-world performance, Seagate claims its SSHDs can add as much as 30 percent to total system performance regardless of the processor.

While on the topic of performance, Seagate says its SSHD technology is up to 5 times faster than a standard 5400 RPM notebook hard drive. Paired with Windows 8, Seagate touts a reduction in boot times to less than 10 seconds, which is comparable to a full fledged solid state drive (SSD).

"Seagate’s engineers have really out done themselves this time. Our new SSHDs serve up your favorite content with the lightning-fast performance you have to experience to believe. With these new drives it’s like adding a turbo-charge to your PC, without having to sacrifice capacity, at a price that’s easy on your wallet," said Scott Horn , Seagate’s vice president of marketing. "Now consumers can create, store and consume digital content like a pro without having to spend like one."

Hybrid hard drives like Seagate's SSHDs attempt to leverage the storage capacity of a traditional hard drive with the speed of a solid state drive. In this instance, Seagate's SSHDs feature up to 2TB of storage capacity and 8GB of NAND flash memory (in the desktop variant).

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