What is Apple’s new Fusion Drive & How does it work ?

By : Maya Martinez posted on November 4, 2012

What is Apple’s New Fusion Drive ?

The new Fusion Drive designed by Apple combines 128GB of flash storage with a traditional hard drive that we are all used to. The drive keeps track of the files and programs that you use frequently and transfers them to the flash storage so that you may access them faster. Subsequently, the files that you haven’t used in a while will be moved back to the regular hard drive to make room for files that you constantly use.

What does this mean for you?

With the Fusion Drive installed on your Mac, you will be able to load programs faster, boot your computer faster and manage documents, photos, or any other type of file that you frequently need access to with greater speeds than using the normal hard drive. The flash storage isn’t just a add on to storage like a USB, but is considered part of the whole storage capacity as a whole, as you will see when you look at the drive through disk utility. The Fusion Drive is a great addition because it doesn’t limit you to only using one type of storage system.

The reason the Fusion Drive makes sense:

Buying solid state drives can be an expensive alternative to regular hard drives. You can buy a quality 1 TB hard drive for around $150 while that amount can only get you a 128 GB solid state drive. If you are looking to get that 1 TB solid state drive, look forward to spending well over $2500 for it. A solid state drive does out perform a hard drive in every aspect for storage because the solid state drive stores all of its data as flash memory and doesn’t have to wait for its data to be read before it can be written. Hard drives though are cheaper and have more storage capacity available to them, so it makes sense to the average consumer to go with a drive that they can afford to optimize space since their computer is multiple use.

With the Fusion Drive you get the best of both worlds. The flash partition works exactly like a solid state drive, while the regular hard drive works like a the same hard drive we have been using for years. As the system learns how you work, the Fusion Drive will make your life easier and you computing faster.

The only downside to all of this is that you can’t decided where you store you files on the system, since it is visible as one whole volume and there is no OS X tool to manage it. The Fusion Drive tracks how frequently you use a file, app or program and adjusts it between the regular hard drive and the flash storage. The upside to this is that you won’t have to keep track of what you need to move on your computer to maximize your computing power, the Fusion Drive does all of that for you.

With Apple’s new innovation, the Fusion Drive, how long do you think other companies will compete? Please comment below.

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Maya Martinez

Born and raised in Southern California on Venice Beach, Maya Martinez was first introduced to the jailbreak scene back in 2007 with the introduction of the first iPhone. She is currently pursuing a career in writing and technology.