1TB 5400 rpm Hybrid Drive?

Is a 1TB 5400 rpm Hybrid Drive like a mix between a SSD and a traditional hard drive where the OS and your most used Apps go onto the SSD portion and the others ones go onto the traditional portion?

3 Answers

  • 6 years ago
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    They are a combination of SSD and HDD.

    The drive automatically saves the most commonly used files to the SSD while using the HDD for the main storage. You do not need to do any configuration, the drive software does it automatically.

    On a desktop, another option is to get a hyperduo card which uses an SSD to do the same type of caching. The HDD is still C but all the most commonly used files are cached on the SSD, essentially a RAID mirror, to provide fast access to the files it stores. Newegg has a few - just search for Hyperduo.

  • 6 years ago

    Hello there,

    Usually Hybrid drives have an SSD and HDD part. In most cases the drive itself decides where to put the data and puts the the things you are accessing most often on the SSD part of it. They will appear as one drive in your OS.

    And there is also the WD Balck2 drive that effectively is a dual drive with an SSD and HDD in one. It has 120 GB SSD and 1TB HDD. It's a bit different than the others, because the HDD and SDD parts of it are separated and you choose yourself what and where to install. You can choose yourself what games to put on the SSD part of it and what on the HDD. http://goo.gl/eJd0ky

    Hope that helps.

  • 6 years ago

    They have an SSD cache area.

    It's not a particular type of file that gets puts there, but the most used ones where the higher speeds have most effect overall on the computer.

    They also have the usual RAM cache to reduce access if the same data i read repeatedly.

    I've used them in several notebooks and they do have a massive effect on performance.

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