Given that the SSD or hybrid disk drive (e.g., Seagate Momentus) would seem to be ideal for laptop computers, why aren’t they more popular? To research this posting, I visited the HP and Dell sites and looked at their high-end 17″ laptops. Neither was available with a hybrid drive (Seagate says that 1 million have been shipped, which sounds great but that’s a negligible market share), despite the fact that these retail for as little as $108 at Amazon.com (see Seagate Momentus XT 250 GB). HP and Dell charge approximately $600 extra for an SSD over a conventional hard drive, despite the fact 256 GB hard drives retail for as little as $365 at Amazon (e.g., Crucial 256GB m4 SSD). Why wouldn’t a notebook computer maker want to encourage SSD sales so that they can (1) have consumers talk about how fast their new Brand X laptop is, (2) reduce failure and return rates, and (3) cut down on build time (presumably it is faster to load an OS onto an SSD-based laptop)? So one would naively think that Dell and HP would not mark up an SSD more than a retailer such as Amazon or Newegg.