Originally Posted by mikemex
Solid state drives? They may work as a bootable device for recovery and such, but as a hard drive they are definetly a NO-NO. A regular hard drive must withstand millions of write/read operations in it's useful life (swap file is a good example), while a flash device usually starts to fail (produce corruption and such) at about 5,000-10,000 cycles.
They are your destiny
Solid state drives have been around for awhile, they are terribly expensive and until recently didn't have very much capacity. Samsung has been working with NAND based flash memory as a replacement for traditional notebook and other small form factor drives. They look like hard drives, use 5% of the power of your traditional drive, take up half the space and offer roughly 150% performance of current drives. The one big downside is still capacity, currently limited to about 16GB.
This is the pretty much the same technology that is being incorporated into hybrid notebook drives that incorporate a very large flash buffer between the drives mechanisims and the rest of the PC reducing the amount of time the drive platters need to spin to less then a minuet every half hour in typical use.
heh just noticed there was a little thread necromancy going on here