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    Hybrid hard drives

    Considering getting a hybrid hard drive (spindle drive with small SSD) - has anyone got any experience with them? My current SSD is too small and going as big as I want would cost far too much.
    Does it need software to decide what should sit on the SSD section?
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    Lee has one, but judging by the benchmark scores he got from his you'd be as well just going for a non hybrid regular drive.

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    Balls, maybe I'll just need to pay the stupid prices then
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    Does your laptop not have 2 x HD bays in it?
    Or use an external drive?

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    Nope, and don't want external
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    Fit SSD in optical drive bay ?

    Usually how it's done.

    It's just SATA, will need a caddy. Best of both worlds and who uses disks.

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    I hear hybrid drives take a little bit of running in and then use your most used programs/stuff on the flash memory

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    Quote Originally Posted by Shaggy View Post
    Fit SSD in optical drive bay ?

    Usually how it's done.

    It's just SATA, will need a caddy. Best of both worlds and who uses disks.
    I use my optical bay, plus it's not removable

    I'm being put off of the idea now, it looks like an 8GB SSD generally so not even big enough for the OS.
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    The actual real world speed of a normal drive to a hybrid is a world apart. When I first installed windows on it, the boot time was vastly improved over a normal hard drive. As I've never had an ssd I can't compare, but over a standard drive it's well worth the extra few .
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    Didn't you change the processor and ram though at the same time?

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    Yeh I'd expect that was more the other components as Tam says.. Mines a whole new build, so although I think the SSD is booting amazing fast in like 11 seconds. It's probably the fact I spent like 200 on a processor

    I went solely off benchmarks on my SSD purchase because of this. Bought the top ranked SSD in it's class and price bracket, wiped the floor with everything else.
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    Yeah come to think of it the hardware's probably helped a lot.
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    Disk makes a surprising difference, my laptop boots in 8 seconds, down from about 35 on standard disk, it's a clone so exactly the same. I'm just worried about losing all that extra speed as 90% of the time I'm on Facebook or here so it makes a huge difference.

    Lee do you have a secondary disk at all?
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    Only an external hard drive. I partition the main drive into 3 parts.
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