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Samsung Drops 1.8in HDDs For SSDs

Gordon Kelly


Samsung Drops 1.8in HDDs For SSDs

Last week Samsung announced the SSD mini-card form factor for netbooks and ultraportable laptops. The question this posed is: what does this mean for 1.8in drives? The answer: curtains.

The news breaks via DigiTimes, which claims notebook makers in Taiwan have been informed they will suffer heavy shortages following Samsung's decision to phase out the drives. "Toshiba and Samsung were the only two makers that still supplied 1.8-inch HDDs, but Samsung is turning its focus to solid state drives (SSDs), leaving Toshiba the only supplier left in the market," says the site's source.

So with Toshiba looking once more like the lone player (HD DVD anyone?) it seems the days of 1.8in hard drives are numbered. Of course a major part of the reason for this is their dwindling need in the MP3 player market which - other than notable exceptions such as Archos' PMPs and the iPod Classic - have largely been dumped in favour of flash memory.

Certainly this looks like a play from Samsung to try and push through the mini-card quickly given that notebook manufacturers look likely to be left with little else for their smallest devices. Personally I don't care what format is settled upon as long as it means universal, tiny, high speed, affordable SSDs on the market as soon as humanly possible.

So how long until the knives are out for 2.5in drives...?


via DigiTimes


June 29, 2009, 9:12 am

I'm actually in love with Samsung's market-disrupting methods; its not often you see companies that big be so dynamic and unwilling to 'toe the line'.. Just wish they had some of Apple's design prowess and marketing knack - they would be a force to rule all forces... I certainly hope they pull this latest move off - at this pace, 2.5" could be gone by christmas 2010. I just hope they release the 2.5" flash drives in both IDE and SATA for a bit longer; some of us DO have semi-legacy devices that have only retired because of damn spindles, and would relish the chance to come back onto the scene under the moniker "SSD-powered" :)


June 29, 2009, 1:28 pm

probably also means the end of a new ipod classic refresh, too :(


June 29, 2009, 3:18 pm

I think this is a bad idea until ssd are as cheap as hdd for an equivalent size. Surely most people are served perfectly well by hdd and would rather have more space for the money they are paying


June 29, 2009, 4:05 pm

@Joe: This is just 1.8 inch drives, which are really only fitted to small portable devices. The 2.5 inch hard disk should be around for as long as there's a market for them.

Having said that, I don't want to see the iPod Classic disappear. My music collection is too large for a (very expensive) 32GB flash device.


June 29, 2009, 5:21 pm

1.8" always seemed a rather unhappy size, I'm not surprised it's been dumped this early.


June 29, 2009, 10:58 pm

@Chris: Do you not think that a mass adoption of 1.8" SSDs would drive prices down to allow near like-4-like prices, at least at that size anyway? Don't forget there is a premium already to get those high capacities in such a small form factor; i'm thinking that's why it's a market that Samsung have targeted in such a massive way..


June 30, 2009, 3:57 am

is there the potential for mini-SSD to take over in ipod classics or a major overhaul of the classic line in that vein?

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