The writing has been on the wall for some time now, but I think this is shark jumping time for the traditional hard disk drive, at least in Notebooks and Netbooks. Finally here is an affordable (~$300), reasonably sized (120GB) solid state disk with a dramatic performance improvement over HDD's.
More...Given the cost per MB advantage that HDD's still enjoy, I am sure they will still be around in desktops, though I would not be surprised if we see more hybrid solutions where the O.S, swap space and other I/O bottleneck prone data are stored on the Solid State Disk, and less frequently used files are sent out to pasture on the HDD. It would also make sense to have an algorithm to intelligently manage moving files between the two as needs arise (Hello EMC). In a RAID configuration, these things would kill ! Laptop Mag has all the test data, and a before and after performance comparison on an SSD retrofit into a two year old laptop, it's eye opening. Check it out here : Laptop Mag OCZ SSD
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