Because, with notebooks and other mobile devices, SSDs are a much better solution and cost-wise it's becoming less prohibitive.
I understand your point Dave, but why not get rid of the slower 5400 rpm drives instead? At this point, the cost difference between the two can't be that much. So wouldn't it make more sense to keep the better performing one?
why stop?.. produce them both
I don't believe this will be a good business model, corporations and institutions with limited funds are not going to spend the extra cash for the minor performance increase vs price increase that an ssd drive offers, more storage space still goes a long way with most business users storage space that is loads cheaper in a good old mechanical hd
I'm crying over their death!!!! Sure I was hoping along with everyone else that HDD's would get a speed bump to 10kRPM's after WD came out with the Raptor series but that never happened. SSD's are still too expensive with large amounts of storage, their life spans aren't as long, and too many horror stories with failed drives. On top of all that seat are happens to be my favorite 3.5" 7200rpm HDD maker.
Another sad day.
So true, I just don't understand the HDD manufacturers holding onto 5400 rpm drives so long. 7200 has been around for long enough that it should be the standard speed, with 10k being the premium speed.
7200-RPM drives use much more power, thus they keep sticking people with 5400-RPM drives to make their Laptop's batteries work longer.
SSD's use even less power, and what a change they make to an old laptop!
For laptops fine... I've been waiting for these guys to finally get on the speed bandwagon. the hybrid drives were an ok step. A Fusion drive is an even better option. I've yet to build one in my iMac but I did replace the optical drive with a 256GB SSD. Next is the speed increase on a large drive. The HDD is the biggest bottle neck right now in the PC.
Hmm, I didn't think it was that large of a difference, but I suppose that could be a reason.