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Will a Hybrid SSD Drive improve performance if the OS is not on it?

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April 15, 2014 11:07:15 AM

I have a Windows 7 laptop with a 100GB SSD & a 750G 540RPM harddrive. I have the programs, downloads, etc. on the harddrive and the OS on the SSD. Much of my data is on the SSD, but not all. I'd like to upgrade to a larger harddrive and am thinking about a 7200rpm 1tb SSD-Hybrid drive.

Will a Hybrid SSD Drive improve performance if the OS is not on it?

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April 15, 2014 11:11:20 AM

Yes a Hybrid SSD will definitely improve performance over a complete mechanical HDD. The OS doesn't have to be on it for the drive itself to perform better. You'll notice faster read speeds on it as if it were a SSD.
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April 15, 2014 11:11:55 AM

It may improve access time of whatever is on it. But it will be faster than the existing 5400rpm drive.
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April 15, 2014 11:17:38 AM

hostricity said:
I have a Windows 7 laptop with a 100GB SSD & a 750G 540RPM harddrive. I have the programs, downloads, etc. on the harddrive and the OS on the SSD. Much of my data is on the SSD, but not all. I'd like to upgrade to a larger harddrive and am thinking about a 7200rpm 1tb SSD-Hybrid drive.

Will a Hybrid SSD Drive improve performance if the OS is not on it?


I have an SSHD in both my laptop and desktop. Like an SSD their impact is felt mostly in starting programs, so if you run any programs from it, then yes it will improve performance for those. An SSHD basically remembers what programs you use most frequently on it and caches parts of them in its SS memory. For regular data, its just a 7200rpm HDD.

So, no, only programs run from it will benefit.
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