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Thread: Apple Announces Fusion Drive
10-23-2012, 11:47 AM #1
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 – 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 it’s a hybrid drive, you get the best of both worlds – flash for performance and hard disk for storage space, but with the operating system’s intelligent control over the storage, it will feel just like a solid state drive.
Last edited by Anthony Bouchard; 10-23-2012 at 12:36 PM.
10-23-2012, 12:09 PM #2
Quite a bit late to the party again eh Apple? I've been able to do this for the past two years. I tried it way back when with a 120gb SSD and a 1TB HD and it works fine. It was quite faster, but if one drive fails, you are screwed so I just remapped My Documents folders to the 1TB and saving stuff normally results in stuff getting saved to the 1TB and the SSD used for programs and Windows. But hey...Apple has to catch up sometime right. Gotta have those new features somehow.
10-23-2012, 12:15 PM #3
Next comes the lawsuits claiming hybrid SSD/HDD Drives are copied from apple Fusion Drive design...
10-23-2012, 12:19 PM #4
Fusion drive FTW! My Mac Mini is running a 256ssd and 500gb hard drive (doing the same thing) but Apple doing it themselves is nice for the layman.
10-23-2012, 01:13 PM #5
10-23-2012, 01:26 PM #6
This is another example of Apple's software improving upon existing hardware.
The iPad wasn't the first tablet in the world, but iOS made it great.
The Fusion Drive isn't the first hybrid storage drive, but OS X Mountain Lion's automatic configuration will make it great.
No, they weren't first. It doesn't really matter. Now the market has more competition to choose from. Consumers will be benefiting from this release.
10-23-2012, 01:37 PM #7
10-23-2012, 02:15 PM #8
10-23-2012, 02:27 PM #9
Oh, if a single drive fails then you're screwed as well so not sure why you're pointing that out.
10-23-2012, 03:54 PM #10
Basically what im doing, I have a 2 tb external drive and 120 gigs on my ssd. Plus my time machine
10-23-2012, 04:41 PM #11
10-23-2012, 05:08 PM #12
It's not always about the hardware but what drives the hardware.
True but MS did use Apple to push software for awhile. They have helped bump each other up over the course of their history.
10-23-2012, 08:13 PM #13
All i care is that it's better then One i currently have which is a 500GB HD.
10-24-2012, 10:48 AM #14
That's right, none!
Of course you can buy and install your own hybrid drives. Nobody is debating that they are already on the market. But using them requires some technical skill, add-on software and active management that 95% of the population can't do and don't have the time to learn. This is just another example of Apple taking a great idea and making it more seamless and user-friendly for the majority of consumers that are computer users but not tech-savvy.
Of course, this won't be a good choice for everyone. I'm sure some people would rather actively manage what is on the SSD and the HDD. For them they can still install a secondary SSD and managing as they like. This product, however, isn't for them. But I'm sure that won't stop you, I mean, them, from complaining about it like it is a personal insult directed at them.