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Seagate unaffected by SSD use in Apple’s MacBook Air

Seagate has also launched Momentus XT, in May this year, a hybrid, which contains the best of both, a traditional hard drive and a flash disk.

Major hard drive manufacturer Seagate has said that it will not be affected by the use of solid state disk drives (SSD) in Apple’s MacBook Air. The flash memory based disk is in direct competition with the rotating disk drives that are manufactured by Seagate.

Apple’s Chief Executive Steve Jobs has described the new MacBook Air as the “future of the notebook” may be due to the use of solid state disk, which makes it the slimmest and among the lightest notebooks of the world.

SSDs not used in all notebooks sold by Apple
Seagate Chief Executive Steve Luzco was asked during a conference call for the first quarter of 2011 if the solid state drive would replace rotating disk drives in notebooks.

In an answer to this question, Luzco stated that according to their knowledge Apple is selling only a small number of the total Air notebooks with SSDs.

The percentage is under 5 percent of total sales and could be even under 3 percent. Steve added that he personally used a Macbook Air with a SSD and he likes certain things about it, although some things irked him like the lack of capacity and the cost.

Luzco also shared his personal experience with AIR notebook with SSD, which now takes 25 to 30 seconds to boot as compared to 12 seconds which it took when it was new.

New hybrid disk from Seagate
Seagate has also launched Momentus XT, in May this year, a hybrid, which contains the best of both, a traditional hard drive and a flash disk.

Steve said that with the introduction of Momentus XT, users can get the features and functions of a solid state disk with the capacity and cost of a hard disk drive. The hybrid boasts of better performance with features like instant on and application load handling.

Luzco also shared his personal experience with AIR notebook with SSD, which now takes 25 to 30 seconds to boot as compared to 12 seconds which it took when it was new.

He acknowledged that the issue is more related to operating system than the technology used, and with the new hybrid from Seagate, the problem can be resolved.