Apple Announces Fusion Drive
Apple has just announced their new Fusion Drive
for the next generation iMac that will offer a combination of hard disk drive storage and flash storage in a single drive. Call it a hybrid.
The Fusion Drive offers nearly the same performance as a flash storage drive, and OS X Mountain Lion already comes with the software necessary to support it. The operating system will automatically recognize it as a single, fused volume.
The Fusion Drive comes with up to 128GB of flash storage, with the option to choose between 1TB or 3TB hard disk drive storage as your secondary storage option Ė all in one single drive.
The Fusion Drive will actually come loaded with the OS X Mountain Lion operating system and the pre-loaded software applications. Everything else you put on the storage drive will be managed by the operating system. The drive will move applications to and from the flash storage depending on how often you use them. For example if you use Aperture more than iPhoto, iPhoto will get moved to the hard disk drive storage and Aperture will get moved to the flash storage.
Being that itís a hybrid drive, you get the best of both worlds Ė flash for performance and hard disk for storage space, but with the operating systemís intelligent control over the storage, it will feel just like a solid state drive.