Recently a friend of mine had his 2.5 inch hard drive die in his laptop and he was interested in upgrading to a SSD, but what he showed me was not an SSD, it was a hybrid SSD. It was my opinion that he should probably get the hybrid and not the actual SSD because his laptop only has a SATA II port anyways and it might bottleneck the performance of the SSD to a point where he'd be better off getting the cheaper hybrid with much more storage.
My questions to you are: What are hybrid SSD's, how do they work and to whom do you recommend them?
Thanks for the quick response! It definitely seems like a great deal for the price!
Hybrids benefit in that the SSD duplicates what the magnetic disc has, but only a portion of it, so you get the improved times without the risk of losing the entire drive. Even if the SSD fails, the magnetic portion which is more durable will maintain your data.
Also look at the OCZ Synapse series and the Corsair Accelerator series which include DataPlex, which allows them to work like Intel Smart Response without needing the special socket on the mainboard (or the drive adapter like the discontinued Silverstone HDDBOOST). DataPlex allows any magnetic drive to function as a hybrid, only the data is worked across two SATA ports; the benefit of having all data on the magnetic drive and only mirrored on the SSD remains, providing greater longevity and safety of data.
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