dealsseagate hybrid 4 terrabyte sshd for $179.00…

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I've never seen a solid state HD of this large a capacity before... Does anyone have any good reviews for this drive?

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This is not a true solid state drive it is a hybrid. This has Solid state flash that is fast. Then it writes to the normal portion of the spin drive.

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If it's smart it should move frequently accessed data to the solid state 8GB portion dynamically.

Link should go here: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178379

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I bought one of these three months ago and have been generally pleased with it. It's supposed to speed up boot times but I don't reboot very often... so I couldn't tell you one way or the other if that is true. I do know that commonly-run programs tend to launch pretty quickly.

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Lots of unhappy reviews at NewEgg, on reliability and noise:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822178379

This review suggests Seagate's hybrids are definitely "smart", storing most-used programs on the SSD, but the review itself is from last fall, and apparently this 4TB hadn't come out yet.

http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_desktop_sshd_review

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@joemarfice: when I have a choice, I've resisted buying hard drives from Newegg. They have a reputation for mixed results with their drive handling. Maybe something about the way they pack them. Perhaps they've resolved the situation, but my sourcing habits can be hard to break.

I'll acknowledge the 200 DVD blanks I just received from them were well packed and protected by both taped bubble wrap and air-pillows.

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@joshuah56: I knew this sounded to good to be true.

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@wr2000: I think the description pretty clearly states "hybrid", 'sshd", flash and hard drive in about every sentence.

It's an OK deal for a windows drive, or for anything where you have a bunch (<=8GB) of frequently used read-only files plus need room for lots of less frequently used and/or read-write stuff.

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@wr2000: For what it's worth, I have a hybrid drive in both my PC and laptop and I'm happy with the performance. It's not as fast as an SSD for everything, but the drives do figure out which files are accessed most frequently and loads those onto the fast SSD portion of the drive. A hybrid drive is a great alternative for when you can't afford a large SSD and still need storage (such as in a laptop where you usually have only one drive bay).

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I have a WD hybrid in my laptop, but it is 120GB SSD/1TB HD and formats out as two separate drives. That way my "system" and programs can be on the SSD, while all my data storage is on the HD part. This drive changed my laptop from an old fogey to a ripping fast "ultrabook". I love it.

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@fuzi719: That seems like the ideal (economic) scenario - plenty of space for programs & data on their respective storage media... and no need for two drive bays. What did you spend on it?

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Hybrid drives are great for laptops with a single HDD slot. But Desktops generally have ample room, and you'd be happier with a real SSD for the OS and some programs, and another HDD for large programs and data.

The 8GB cache is getting a little anemic, and it's disappointing they didn't increase it to 16 or 32.

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I'll be "that guy"... it's "terabyte" not "terrabyte".
Unless you're taking a bite out of the Earth, then it would be terrabite

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I'll be that guy to your "that guy": it would be a Terra bite, not a terrabite.

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Now listed at $134.99 (June 2 @ 2:05 CDT).