Apple’s New Fusion Drives Merge Hard Drives And Flash Storage Into One Super Drive [iPad mini Event]

Apple’s New Fusion Drives Merge Hard Drives And Flash Storage Into One Super Drive [iPad mini Event]

Apple has just announced the Apple Fusion Drive. It’s a combo SSD/HDD, with smart software in the mix to maximize performance.

It includes 128GB flash storage, as well as a 1 terabyte or 3 terabyte hard drive.

This is essentially a standard SSD/HDD dual drive configuration. The difference is that Apple’s software figures out which files to automatically switch between SSD and HDD for the best performance on your machine.

There have been combo SSD/HDDs before, but never with this kind of smart operating system integration. This is a fantastic compromise, and the first big surprise of today’s event.

  • Bob Forsberg

    Apple’s Fusion Drive concept is big. When software can swap an app from the HDD side to SSD based on frequency of use and need, count me in.

    I hope you guys follow-up on this and if it actually works consistently in real time. The older I get the less I like tinkering with what makes my Mac work better.

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