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Written by Andre Yoskowitz (Google+) @ 01 Jun 2010 23:44 User comments (1)

Video Daily: HLDS announces SSD embedded optical disc drive Hitachi-LG Data Storage (HLDS) has announced the launch of HyDrive, the world's first SSD (solid state drive) embedded optical disc drive.
The company says the first drives will be available in August 2010.

First generation drives will have either 32GB or 64GB SSDs, with second generation drives having up to 256GB SSDs. Second generation HyDrives will be ready for mass production starting in March 2011, notes HLDS.

Says HLDS CMO YK Park (via press release): "We are very excited about the potential of this ground-breaking product. The PC industry have come to expect us to lead in optical storage products and HyDrive is the logical next step, where it offers user benefits to PC booting, shutdown and application loading times with typically 30~60% reduction in addition to robust media handling and playback."

HyDrives enables storage on the PC through separate device types, SSD, optical drives, and a traditional HDD, all while saving space.

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12.6.2010 9:55

I'm guessing this is some SSD drive packaged with a DVD (or Blu-Ray?) drive? Hrm...seems like I'd prefer to keep those separate because optical drives are more prone to failure than SSDs.

I guess the SSD is automatically doing some read ahead caching for the optical disk...but if a disk is sufficiently scratched up then chances are that no amount of read ahead caching is going to help would all have to be superficial scratches.

I love the comments on the messageboard at

"Booting Speed Imposible. :)" (I think there should have been an exclaimation point!). Looks like mostly Korean posts.

Honestly...I need to time my Windows 7 boot with a OCZ SSD, but I wanna say mine is actually maybe 5-10s faster.

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