7 Pros And Cons Of Hybrid Hard Drives


by Mitz Pantic from Tips4pc.com

7 Pros And Cons Of Hybrid Hard Drives

Do hybrid hard drives work? Do they make sense. Yes, absolutely—but only in certain cases. To understand why, consider these seven important pros and cons:

1. Fast Boot Up

Windows’s ReadyDrive driver will help your hybrid drive store all the files your computer needs at boot up on the flash part of your hybrid drive, almost halving the time it takes your computer to boot.

This is definitely a pro, but how much of a pro it is depends on how you use your computer. For example, it doesn’t matter to me: I press the power button on my computer and walk away—I don’t care whether my computer boots in 15 seconds or several minutes because I’m off doing something else.

On the other hand, most hybrid drives are targeted at laptop users who probably don’t leave their laptop on all day. If you sit down in class or at an office meeting and need your laptop to start up right away, a hybrid drive might be for you.

2. Less Power Use, Maybe

Another feature good for laptops is that hybrid drives may use less power than traditional drives. Traditional drives use power to spin up the disks (platters) inside the hard drive and then they use a little bit of power continuously to keep it spinning.

Hybrid hard drives still need to use power to spin up the traditional drive part, but after they’ve copied the data, they can let it spin down again, so you don’t waste any power doing nothing.

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2 thoughts on “7 Pros And Cons Of Hybrid Hard Drives

  1. we have tried several seagate 500 gig hybrid drives in external usb cases, seems to be hit and miss.some computers will only give it a small amount of usb power, not enough to spin up, and u can hear it make beeping noises and some computers usb ports are good enough that the drive will spin up. its a shame because a lot of external usb cases on the market are 100 % usb powers and most of them do not have a power adapter anymore. some have splitters though.

  2. I would agree with the Pro for boot-up time. I replaced a 5400 320GB HD with a 7200 750GB Hybrid. The boot time was significantly reduced, but the battery usage dropped from about 2 hours on battery to 30 minutes on a good day. This is for a laptop that’s about 4 years old. Just means I need to keep it plugged in most of the time, which I do anyway. I’m assuming the speed of the drive is what is causing the high battery usage, not the flash drive part.

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