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?
Answer by Razor512 · Dec 25, 2012 at 07:14 PM
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.
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