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  1. #1
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    Seagate "Hybrid" Drives - Any good?

    Is anyone using the Seagate "Hybrid" drives or have any experience with them? I guess the idea looks good, but does it live up to the performance claims? And just as important, are these things reliable?
    It has 32MB cache, so that is good, and a 4 GB SSD flash storage onboard.
    I have doubts about the 80% performance increase over standard 7200 RPM drives though, or is such a performance increase possible with these?

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    I was considering one of these myself. It would be cheaper then an SLC-SSD, however I don't know how this would fare for professional use. I know you an allready do this, in a way with a RAMdisk and then use software to manage the bootloader, however it was a mess to setup.
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    Yeah they can be quite good.

    You already get the normal speed of a normal HDD however stuff that gets accessed a lot will be put into the SSD part of the drive.

    So i suppose in the case of a webserver, Stuff that gets opened a lot may be moved to the faster part of the drive.

    I wouldn't however "guarantee" that they are faster as you just cant tell what will be put in SSD. But you should see some performance increase.
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    They are good for your Laptop.

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    I run one in my Dell laptop, it's pretty good. I'd rather get a full ssd for same price, though.
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    I wouldn't waste your time with one of them.

    I've not heard anything good about them.
    its a good idea though!

    Its better just to get one or the other (ssd)

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    I read about these in cpu magazine, it compared it to new velociraptors and 15k scsi drives and it scored very well. I could definitely see the benefits of this drive in a desktop and a server. It threw out some very impressive times. The cost is good too. id like to have 4 of these on raid10 with a good intel proc and fast ram, would be a killer system.

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    I've used these in laptop, desktop and raid applications.
    They're pointless for RAID, they are just not fast enough.
    For laptop/desktop, they're pretty good. They decrease boot time and can make working on certain things faster (spreadsheets, small videos/pix) but generally don't speed everything up.
    They also don't decrease power usage in a noticeable way.
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    I have used these drives (2.5) in a variety of HP and Sony laptops. The laptops definitely benefited from these drives and the biggest differences are the same as what you see from a normal ssd, e.g. faster OS load/shutdown and quicker application spin up. They might not be for everyone but they are the right fit for a lot of systems.

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    The concept is a great one but unless you are going to be doing the same thing over and over (Example: reading a small mysql database for example) I would avoid. I can't see it being a great drive for a home user in terms of performance increase.
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    Just today, some bad news about these drives reported in this article.

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    Quote Originally Posted by prickett233 View Post
    Just today, some bad news about these drives reported in this article.
    Nice find. We'll see how this goes.
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    I thinks tomshardware had a review of these and the performance was pretty ordinary. Some small benefit, but hardly worth the cost.
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    Quote Originally Posted by prickett233 View Post
    Just today, some bad news about these drives reported in this article.
    Aw man... It does look like this mostly affects Mac's but any bugs are not good...
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