I've come across the hard drive/SSD hybrids that offer speeds somewhere in between both and i'm just wondering if they're worth looking at over a SSD and Hard drive? If the speeds are good enough then considering the amount of storage you can get for the price they sound like a good bang for buck drive, so would it be good as a stand alone drive with the OS installed on it or would it work great alongside an SSD housing the OS and the hybrid drive used for storage?
asked Dec 25 '12 at 14:58
they are only useful on systems where there is only space for one drive (eg a laptop) and you cannot afford a really large SSD.
Other than that, they perform better than a standard drive if you access the same set of data constantly, but the performance will be nothing close to what you get with a separate SSD and HDD.
The hybrid HDD's also have very little flash storage (eg 4-8GB on a 500GB drive), because of that, you will not get much of an SSD boost on large applications and they will largely be used to cache system boot files.
answered Dec 25 '12 at 17:14