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User Info: HeliosMagi

HeliosMagi
2 weeks ago#1
Like if I want something faster than an HDD but don't want to give up the capacity or spend a ton of money? A 1TB Seagate FireCuda cost about $75, a little more than an HDD but much less than an SSD.
If I'm reading correctly, most SSHDs in this price range only have about 8GB of Solid State storage, is this enough for Windows 10 and maybe a Browser, Steam client, or Media Player?
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User Info: CursedPanther

CursedPanther
2 weeks ago#2
You'll need ~40GB of space for Windows alone, so an SSHD is a pretty bad deal.

Either get a large volume 7200rpm HDD, or save up for that 512GB/1TB SSD.

User Info: mucloud

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2 weeks ago#3
It's black day look on Newegg SSD are dirt cheap right now
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User Info: gideond

gideond
2 weeks ago#4
Hybrid drives have always seemed to miss the point. They aren't really much faster than a regular platter drive for an OS. The only real use I've ever seen for them is a console drive. They can get you better speed and more storage in a PS4 and perform better than they do on a desktop PC.
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User Info: Dyshonest

Dyshonest
2 weeks ago#5
They're not. They're really expensive and have never been proven to be faster than 7200RPM drives.

User Info: kobalobasileus

kobalobasileus
2 weeks ago#6
CursedPanther posted...
Either get a large volume 7200rpm HDD, or save up for that 512GB/1TB SSD.

This.

User Info: arleas

arleas
2 weeks ago#7
I thought the Hybrid drives used the onboard memory for caching purposes only. Not like you'd actually install stuff to the SSD portion and use the rest as a regular hard drive. That would be stupid (especially since you said it's only like 8GB)

Nah, the SSHDs are basically like having a built-in readyboost (which is where windows uses a thumb drive to cache frequently used data in an attempt to speed it up).

So really, save your money and buy a cheap USB 3.0 flash drive and you'd get the same benefit probably.
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iemerg_
2 weeks ago#8
1TB HDD and 128/256/512GB SDD is the way to go, anything else is not worth it.
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User Info: RyanEsau

RyanEsau
2 weeks ago#9
Don't know about Windows on a SSHD but I use a 128GB SSD for Windows 10/Programs and a 2TB Seagate Firecuda SSHD for mass storage.

So, I have Steam (Installing games on it, so I just installed Steam on it from the get go. You can make Steam install games on a different drive though if you just want Steam on the SSD) along with my games and any sort of storage. [Pictures, Music, Videos, etc] Performs just fine, don't find it slow in my day to day use. Can't speak for browser/media player though, as mentioned, I have my programs on my 128GB SSD.

Maybe you can do similar and get like a 250-256GB SSD (I think there about the same price as I paid for my 128GB now which was like $90 iirc) for OS and get the 1TB Seagate Firecuda SSHD? Should be able to easily squeeze a game or two on it, unless your programs just take up a ton of space. (That or Windows System Restores stack up or something of that nature.)

I think small SSD/large HDD (or SSHD in this case) is a common combo. That's how I ended up with it since I couldn't afford a large SSD at the time.

If it makes you feel better you can see I have a notable bit of space on my SSD. (On Latest W10 Fall Creator's Update)

https://i.imgur.com/uHTHhRhh.png

75.7GB free of 118GB.

iemerg_ posted...
1TB HDD and 128/256/512GB SDD is the way to go, anything else is not worth it.


Wouldn't it be worth it if you just genuinely want the transfer speeds (Maybe you move large files around alot?) a/o you happen to have a common mix of games with long loading times that would heavily benefit?

Dyshonest posted...
They're not. They're really expensive and have never been proven to be faster than 7200RPM drives.


...?

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Extra $25 is 'really expensive'?
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User Info: reincarnator07

reincarnator07
2 weeks ago#10
RyanEsau posted...
Don't know about Windows on a SSHD but I use a 128GB SSD for Windows 10/Programs and a 2TB Seagate Firecuda SSHD for mass storage.

So, I have Steam (Installing games on it, so I just installed Steam on it from the get go. You can make Steam install games on a different drive though if you just want Steam on the SSD) along with my games and any sort of storage. [Pictures, Music, Videos, etc] Performs just fine, don't find it slow in my day to day use. Can't speak for browser/media player though, as mentioned, I have my programs on my 128GB SSD.

Maybe you can do similar and get like a 250-256GB SSD (I think there about the same price as I paid for my 128GB now which was like $90 iirc) for OS and get the 1TB Seagate Firecuda SSHD? Should be able to easily squeeze a game or two on it, unless your programs just take up a ton of space. (That or Windows System Restores stack up or something of that nature.)

I think small SSD/large HDD (or SSHD in this case) is a common combo. That's how I ended up with it since I couldn't afford a large SSD at the time.

If it makes you feel better you can see I have a notable bit of space on my SSD. (On Latest W10 Fall Creator's Update)

https://i.imgur.com/uHTHhRhh.png

75.7GB free of 118GB.

iemerg_ posted...
1TB HDD and 128/256/512GB SDD is the way to go, anything else is not worth it.


Wouldn't it be worth it if you just genuinely want the transfer speeds (Maybe you move large files around alot?) a/o you happen to have a common mix of games with long loading times that would heavily benefit?

Dyshonest posted...
They're not. They're really expensive and have never been proven to be faster than 7200RPM drives.


...?

https://i.imgur.com/g70G5Em.png

Extra $25 is 'really expensive'?

That's a 50% price hike for very little improvement.
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