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SSD + HDD Worth it?

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March 16, 2014 12:30:49 AM

Hi,

I have a 500gb HDD at the moment and need to upgrade, probably to a 2 tb. I have two options in mind:

Buy a SSHD Hyrbrid drive :http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2tb-seagate-desktop-sshd...

or buy a SSD and pair it with a HDD.

I know the latter would be more expensive and so was wondering if

a) it would give me a speed boost, and if so by how much?

b) I use my PC a lot but am not an absolute speed freak, so should I splash out the extra money?

also if you think I should get the SSD HDD combo, could you please suggest a pair.

Thanks in advance,

V15VA

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March 16, 2014 12:37:17 AM

the ssd+hdd would give you 5 second boot times usually it loads what ever programs are on the ssd fast like internet apps skype etc...read and write times on the ssd are fast but the hard drive will perform like a regular old hardrive

the hybrid drive learns what you use the most and stores it in a small ssd cache. so everything performs the same as a hardrive until you use it enough then it performs as fast as a ssd in some situations. boot times are improved along with the apps and programs you use most frequently but when you power of then power on again it will go through the same process again
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March 16, 2014 12:38:58 AM

HDDs have about 75-150MB/s speed that runs all your apps and your Windows/other OS. Having an SSD that does 500MB/s speed is significant for multitasking apps, loading games faster, booting faster, it's sweet. Get a Samsung EVO series one, the 250GB model has the best speed, don't go for the 120GB if you can avoid it, the drive fills up too quick and is only 400MB/s. Keep the 2 or 3TB HDD for storage of media.
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March 16, 2014 12:56:10 AM

Bad_Kitty13 said:
the ssd+hdd would give you 5 second boot times usually it loads what ever programs are on the ssd fast like internet apps skype etc...read and write times on the ssd are fast but the hard drive will perform like a regular old hardrive

the hybrid drive learns what you use the most and stores it in a small ssd cache. so everything performs the same as a hardrive until you use it enough then it performs as fast as a ssd in some situations. boot times are improved along with the apps and programs you use most frequently but when you power of then power on again it will go through the same process again


Thanks for the fast reply!

I found these on Scan:

Crucial M500: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/120gb-crucial-m500-25-sa...

Seagate 2TB: http://www.scan.co.uk/products/2tb-seagate-st2000dm001-...

I'm not too worried about the HDD, but is the crucial and OK ssd? I can spend an extra £17 to get a Samsung 840 EVO so which do you think I should go for?

Thanks again

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a b G Storage
March 16, 2014 1:00:06 AM

no problem :) 
the evo does have the second best performance out of mainstream ssd's crucial has average performance so if you want the best experience go with the evo
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a b G Storage
March 16, 2014 1:07:18 AM

I would only use a Hybrid drive where space is an issue. i.e. in a laptop where mostly you can only have one drive but want storage capacity to.

The hybrid you quote only has 8gb of effective SSD. When that is full (filled by frequently accessed files determined by the drive) the drive then has to use the drive like a regular HDD with less throughput than a dedicated SSD.

If you want to keep cost down get 1TB HDD (keep your 500GB) and a 120GB SSD. I would say getting at least a 250GB would be better if you can afford it though.

Have your OS, programs and even some games on the SSD. Basically anything that needs to get loaded fast to make your computer more responsive. Anything like music, videos and pictures can be stored on the HDD. I leave it to you to determine you space requirements in that respect.
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