Linked by Thom Holwerda on Tue 30th Nov 2010 23:49 UTC
Apple Now this is interesting. My brand-new MacBook Air 11.6" is at my local Apple retailer because either the SATA part of the logic board or the SSD died mysteriously, and here we have Apple blocking PhotoFast from selling their faster, more spacious replacement drives.
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Bill Shooter of Bul
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You can get some throughput speeds from rotating disks that exceed what most people need. Its not a limiting factor for the majority of users. Its seek time that's critical. They didn't mention seek time, the killer feature of SSD.

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RE[7]: Wrong speed for me.
by TheGZeus on Wed 1st Dec 2010 15:01 in reply to "RE[6]: Wrong speed for me. "
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I don't think that's really the point. It's more that Apple is preventing a company from selling a product that people would like to purchase for reasons unknown.

And ultimately what most people _need_ is a netbook, but they _want_ more.

I don't see a reason that people shouldn't be allowed to make and sell a means of improving another item.

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Bill Shooter of Bul Member since:

Yeah, don't really care as much about the Apple lockdown angle that's as surprising as the sun rising. I'm more interested in the actual technical differences in the new product.

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RE[7]: Wrong speed for me.
by phoenix on Wed 1st Dec 2010 19:18 in reply to "RE[6]: Wrong speed for me. "
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SSDs have 0 seek time; there are no moving heads to align.

Each flash block is individually addressable and can be accessed "instantaneously". You'll never see "seek time" listed for an SSD: THEY HAVE NONE.

What I think you are getting at is that TFA only lists the raw read/write throughput for the two SSDs, without listing the IOps.

Random read/write and sequential read/write specs are virtually identical for SSDs. That's what makes them superior to rotating disks.

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