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Wednesday, March 13, 2019


Fact: Solid-state drives are much faster than mechanical drives. However a Seagate Barracuda SSD 2TB 2.5 as of March 2019 will cost you $300.00 and up while a WD Blue 2TB mechanical drive will only cost about $70.00. HDDs are cheaper and you can get more storage space. SSDs, however, are faster, lighter, more durable, and use less energy.

Hybrid drive (solid state hybrid drive – SSHD)

A hybrid hard drive contains both a traditional magnetic drive and the amount of solid-state storage you’d find in a small solid-state drive. That will add "some" of the speed of SSDs to the low cost storage capacity of mechanical HDDs. The small amount of the SSD in a hybrid drive is to act as a cache for the data stored on the mechanical HDD, making the system move a little faster by keeping copies of the most frequently used data on the faster SSD. The most important part is the SSHD appears as a single drive to your operating system. So you will not have to worry about which files go on the mechanical part of the drive and which files go on the solid-state part of the drive. The the SSHD’s firmware manages what is and isn’t on the solid-state drive.


As March 2019 hybrid drives can be cheaper than solid-state drives because they contain only a small amount of solid-state memory. A hybrid hard drive will be significantly faster than a mechanical drive offering solid-state speeds when accessing cached files. Again a Seagate Barracuda SSD 2TB  as of March 2019 will cost you $300.00 and up but Seagate 2TB FireCuda Gaming SSHD is around $100.00 as of March 2019. On a FireCuda the more you play/load a particular game or program, the faster it is able to load it due to the 8GB of Flash Storage.

If you’re on a really-really tight budget, get a SSHD. An SSD will perform  better, but the SSHD will perform much better than a mechanical HDD.


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