Hybrid Drive to Upgrade MacBook?

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by BasilFawlty, Jul 14, 2011.

  1. BasilFawlty macrumors 6502

    BasilFawlty

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    I was looking at options to upgrade my MacBook HD and came across This:

    Seagate Hybrid Drive

    It claims to give SSD-like performance and much lower cost. Anyone have any experience with these "hybrid" drives? Until know I had never heard of them. PS: I'm still relative newbie to Macs.
     
  2. flopticalcube macrumors G4

    flopticalcube

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    Have you tried searching the forums? Many people have used them. A modern SSD will still be much faster.
     
  3. rockyroad55 macrumors 601

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    Normal hard drives have a cache of about 8-32mb which is where most of your running apps are so they launch. However the hybrid has a SSD cache of 4GB and over time, it will learn what apps you use the most and saves it there. It won't really be faster in terms of boot times or loading files since the apps only go there. It will be faster than a 5400 drive but a true SSD is what you should get if money isn't an issue.
     
  4. BasilFawlty thread starter macrumors 6502

    BasilFawlty

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    I could not afford much storage space in an SSD, but I'm sure they would be much faster. This seemed like a pretty good boost (potentially) for very little additional $$. I'll do as someone here suggested and do a search on the forum to see what others are saying.
     

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