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Dr. Peaceful Jan 25, 2012, 04:58pm EST Report Abuse
Is there anyone here have experience using hybrid hard drives (half platter / half SSD)? Are they any good? How are they compare to traditional platter drives and pure SSDs, performance-wise?

I am interested to know, thanks!


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Meats_Of_Evil Jan 25, 2012, 06:12pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Has anyone here ever use hybrid hard drives? How good are they?
Never heard of these before, care to post links?

Also, I don't now if you guys knew but Hard Drive prices have gone up tremendously, there's a shortage of hard drives in the world due to flooding on Thailand.

http://www.networkcomputing.com/tapes-and-disks/231902183

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Dr. Peaceful Jan 25, 2012, 06:30pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Has anyone here ever use hybrid hard drives? How good are they?

john albrich Jan 25, 2012, 06:47pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Has anyone here ever use hybrid hard drives? How good are they?
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Sorry this isn't personal experience as per your request, but it does have my input regarding what I consider an important consideration (OS independence).

I used Scroogle search parms [hybrid hard drive performance site:tomshardware.com] and found several fairly recent articles on this. I think one of the major considerations was finding a drive that is OS independent (e.g. TRIM support, etc not an issue). It "looks" just like a regular SATA HDD to any OS. That would be a good thing for WinXP users since WinXP doesn't support TRIM in the same way as Win7. I would be interested in any tests re: "wearing-out" the SSD component of various drives. Since SOME of these drives come with a FIVE YEAR warranty, that's pretty indicative.

This particular article talked about that, and provided some performance info...as did some other articles on tomshardware.com website.
http://www.tomshardware.com/reviews/seagate-momentus-xt-hybrid...,2638.html
"However, the new Momentus XT does not rely on operating system support, and hence should be more versatile."

Dr. Peaceful Jan 25, 2012, 06:58pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Has anyone here ever use hybrid hard drives? How good are they?
Thanks John. Here's Anand's take on it.
http://www.anandtech.com/show/5160/seagate-2nd-generation-mome...hdd-review

The one they tested was the 2nd gen XT, with 8GB SSD.

Seth Hoffman Jan 25, 2012, 10:32pm EST Report Abuse
>> Re: Has anyone here ever use hybrid hard drives? How good are they?
I haven't used the hybrid drive but I have used the Intel SRT SSD cache feature of Z68 and it reduces the load times of high res texture games by at least 3x from my testing.

If the hybrid drive works as intended I suspect it would be a similar increase in performance.


BoT Jun 06, 2012, 06:38pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Has anyone here ever use hybrid hard drives? How good are they?
i have the seagate, older model, first gen 500gb drive and it does not impress at all. in fact the wd caviar blue and black outperforms it. the newer seagate 750gb drive is better but either way you are better off with intels SRT solution

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john albrich Jun 24, 2012, 06:53pm EDT Report Abuse
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Kind of a bump to this thread.

From mostly lack of actual data in responses to date, does this mean that NOBODY in HWA has done any head-to-head performance comparisons between a hybrid and a non-hybrid drive (of the same type, presumably)?

Or, are hybrids just that unpopular?

Dr. Peaceful Jul 02, 2012, 03:22pm EDT Report Abuse
>> Re: Has anyone here ever use hybrid hard drives? How good are they?
I guess the latter of what you said. It's just not popular enough to make a dent in the hdd market. As you can see, if advancement in the traditional platter technology can beat a hybrid's performance, it would not be able to keep up with advancement in SSD technology at all. Furthermore, most people either want: stable / familiar technology, large storage size, and economic price of traditional platter hdds; OR want the bleeding edge technology and performance of SSDs despite higher prices. Very little people would want to go for the middle ground for something part platter, part SSD, not fast enough, not cheap at all, and may still present compatibility issues with hardware.

Just my 2 cents.



 

    
 
 

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