In a recent interview, a representative from Seagate stated that the future of hard drive technology lies in the so-called “hybrid” technology. In this case, “hybrid” refers to the concept of using a flash memory buffer to increase the read/write speed, without increasing the RPM.
Seagate actually has developed one of these new hybrid drives, the 2.5-inch Momentus, and the rep from Seagate said that they are already experiencing high demand for the new technology. Seagate acknowledges that SSD drives still have some benefits over the hybrid technology, but the cost per gigabyte could help the new technology take over 80% of the market by 2015. Of course, in 5 years, there will probably be some other storage technology we’ll all be talking about.