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hi all, i'm considering upgrading the hard drive in my laptop and i was wondering if anyone had any opinions on hybrid SSD drives
my main questions are:
- is the performance increase worth it?
- are they reliable?
- can you defrag them?

specifically interested in the defragging option because i know your should never defrag an SSD but this is mostly HDD so it's got me confused

the model i currently have is an OEM Hitachi Travelstar 0J11561 500GB

the drive i am considering is a Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 750GB or Seagate Momentus XT ST95005620AS 500GB any help would be greatly appreciated.

my laptop is an MSI GE620DX-278US

Larriman
- It's no where as fast as a SSD, but significantly faster than a HDD most of the time. Considering the capacity and price for it, I say that it's good value.
- As far as I know, they are as reliable or even a tad more reliable than the average hard drive.
- You'd have to double-check this, but I believe so.
(04-11-2012, 10:42 AM)MathieuB Wrote: [ -> ]- It's no where as fast as a SSD, but significantly faster than a HDD most of the time. Considering the capacity and price for it, I say that it's good value.
- As far as I know, they are as reliable or even a tad more reliable than the average hard drive.
- You'd have to double-check this, but I believe so.

Ok thanks, i always thought they looked good. i just wanted someone with more knowledge on the subject. also I found this on anandtech: "The data in the NAND remains persistent across power cycles, however not formats or defrags. You still have to defragment the drive, but doing so resets the drive's learning back to zero. Defragmenting less often is the only real solution.

It's not a huge problem because the drive learns pretty quickly. By the second time you do anything the Momentus XT is usually a lot faster at the task assuming Seagate's algorithms pull any of the data you're accessing into its on-board NAND."
well thanks again,

ps. i found this drive for $215 online (Australian) is it still worth it? also while i'm on the subject any opinions as far as the corsair accelerator series drives (for a distant desktop build)

Larriman
Corsair drives are not as reliable as others. I am getting a Samsung 830 SSD when I build my next drive. Samsung and Intel are among the most reliable. Plextor M3 and Crucial M3 are good too.
(04-11-2012, 09:09 PM)mwhals Wrote: [ -> ]Corsair drives are not as reliable as others. I am getting a Samsung 830 SSD when I build my next drive. Samsung and Intel are among the most reliable. Plextor M3 and Crucial M3 are good too.

Corsair drives are just eh for reliability. They're not great like Samsung, Intel, or Crucial, but they're certainly better than OCZ, which is the worst.