The Fastest Internal Hard Disk in the World

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It is not possible in a short press release to describe the blood sweat tears and inspiration that led to the HyperDrive4. It is possible to describe its effect on a PC. It makes it instant.

A long time ago in a decade not so far away, there was the IBM PC. It ran an operating system purchased from Seattle Computer Corporation for $50,000 in 1981. It was called DOS. It zipped up on to three floppy disks and was 6MB in size. Under DOS, a computer would start instantly and with Word Perfect 7, a person could write a letter faster than any typewriter could manage and mankind had made a giant leap forward in Information Technology.

Then in 2007, 26 years of software development later, 6MB of DOS became 13GB of Vista. But whereas DOS would boot instantly and would open its applications instantly and could respond faster than a person can type, Vista look nearly a minute to boot up and would often ignore commands completely and go off and do what it thought was more important. It would ask a whole series of impertinent security questions before it would agree to help. It was slow and it was bureaucratic. It was like an immigration official. So mankind needed a new piece of hardware that was so fast it could run Vista in 2007 as quickly as DOS used to run on an IBM PC in the mid 1980s.

Well, humans tried making processors 1000x faster. They increased their speed from 4.77MHz to 6000MHz. But that did not do the trick. They tried increasing the speed of the memory bus from 2MHz to 800MHz DDR (effectively 1600MHz), an increase of 800x. But that did not do the trick. They tried increasing the internal mobo bus from a transfer rate of 5 MB per second to 4000 MB per second with PCI express x16, an increase of 800x. But that did not do the trick. They tried running Windows on Solid State Flash disks. But they have write access times that are 5x slower than hard disks (and are never quoted) so that did not do the trick. So what really was the answer?

Well, in 1985 a hard disk could find files in 28 milliseconds, and could transfer data at 16 MB per second and could perform Input and Output operations at around 30 IOPS. Today the fastest SAS drives have access times of 6 milliseconds and data transfer rates of 98 MB per second and can mange around 330 IOPS. So hard disks have only increased in speed by around 5x-10x in the last 22 years. Whereas Operating systems have increased in size by 1000x. That is the problem.

So the way to balance a PC. The way to bring every component part up to the same speed is to employ a hard disk which is 100x faster than the latest SAS drive (such as the Seagate Cheetah or the Maxtor Atlas). The HyperDrive4 is that disk. It has an access time of 1.1 microseconds as measured by Data Transit's bus doctor (no software benchmark can measure it!). It does 44,000 IOPS and it transfers data at 125 MB per second. So it is truly 100x faster than the fastest hard disk at serving and receiving small files, such as the 10,000 small files in Windows XP or the zillion small files in Windows Vista.

Everything in a PC cycles faster than 200 MegaHertz except a hard disk, which cycles at 120 Hertz (7200 rpm) or 166 Hertz (10,000 rpm) or 250 Hertz (15,000 rpm). There is a fundamental incompatibility between a rotating mechanical hard drive and the oscillating silicon in the rest of your PC. The HyperDrive4 is a SATA Hard Drive made out of DDR. It is over 400x faster than flash drives and 100x faster than hard disks in IOPS. It ends the final bottleneck in the modern PC and makes the whole machine 1000x faster than the IBM PC used to be in 1981. And you need that speed because Vista is over 1000x larger than DOS. The HyperDrive4 is a 5.25" drive and is the faster internal hard drive in existence. Its nearest competitor is the Curtis HyperXCLR which manges 25,000 IOPS.

So if you want an instant PC, get a HyperDrive4 -- see http://www.hyperossystems.co.uk. Then rather than going back to the future, you can go forward -- to the past.

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