Samsung is working on developing what it calls hybrid hard drives, combining mechanical spinning disk drives with flash memory, which has no moving parts leading to faster access time and better battery use among other perks
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Hybrid Hard Drives could contain either 128 or 256 MB of flash memory, in addition to the standard hard drive space. The flash memory is used until it’s at it’s peak, then the physical hard disk would kick in – like when you start doing serious video editing for example.
Flash memory is more than enough to run the vast majority of day-to-day applications, leaving the physical hard drive platters quiet, keeping energy consumption down. On top of that Flash memory is faster to boot.
Expect Samsung to start putting these new type of drives in their laptops starting in 2007.