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Paul Millner [OAK]
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hybrid hard drive
      #429398 - 08/15/16 04:09 PM

I kind of like the 1 terabyte hybrid hard drive in my aging laptop... more storage, and sped up basic windows stuff presumably due to buffering in the 8 gig of silicon storage.

But... how come I can't find bigger drives? Are these things out of vogue now... replaced by integral storage in newer machines plus spinning storage of whatever size?

Paul


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Ralph Jones
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Re: hybrid hard drive [Re: Paul Millner [OAK]]
      #429401 - 08/15/16 04:35 PM

If you want more storage, you can probably go to a setup with separate SSDs and HDDs, and the OS combining them into a virtual device with SSD caching. bcache in Linux can do that, with a RAID array in the HDD role.

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Russell Holton
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Re: hybrid hard drive [Re: Paul Millner [OAK]]
      #429402 - 08/15/16 04:47 PM

I think much of it is due to size constraints and a limited market for large hard drives for laptops. I've seen external drives of 2T that look to be the appropriate form factor, but that's not leaving any spaces for the hybrid.

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Ray Tackett
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hybrid hard drive [Re: Paul Millner [OAK]]
      #429405 - 08/15/16 04:54 PM

You can get a 60 terabyte SSD. http://tinyurl.com/joyf8zm

Price per gigabyte is actually decent, but it's a lot of gigabytes.

Seriously, have a look at Newegg.

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Paul Millner [OAK]
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Re: hybrid hard drive [Re: Ray Tackett]
      #429410 - 08/15/16 07:11 PM

Quote:

You can get a 60 terabyte SSD. http://tinyurl.com/joyf8zm

Price per gigabyte is actually decent, but it's a lot of gigabytes.

Seriously, have a look at Newegg.




OK, Ray, had a look per your suggestion:

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLis...&isNodeId=1

What did you expect me to see that I'm missing?!

Paul


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Ray Tackett
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hybrid hard drive [Re: Paul Millner [OAK]]
      #429418 - 08/15/16 10:26 PM

I didn't expect anything other than Newegg has a great selection of
hardware. If neither they nor their "marketplace" vendors have what you
want, it likely doesn't exist any more. My other "goto" places for obscure
stuff are eBay, and lastly, Amazon.

My most recent purchase was a 250GN 2.5" IDE drive for my Thinkpad T42. That
was to upgrade from the 80 GB which came with the used unit.

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Russell Holton
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Re: hybrid hard drive [Re: Paul Millner [OAK]]
      #429422 - 08/15/16 10:40 PM

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aging laptop




What's the interface? I hope it's SATA. If it's PATA/IDE, I think you're going to have a hard time getting anything.

A quick glance at BestBuy, and I think I see the issue. SSD is now cheap enough that it's not worth making a hybrid drive. A 1T SSD is around $225.


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John O'Shaughnessy [FCM]
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Re: hybrid hard drive [Re: Russell Holton]
      #429455 - 08/16/16 04:54 PM

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A quick glance at BestBuy, and I think I see the issue. SSD is now cheap enough that it's not worth making a hybrid drive. A 1T SSD is around $225.




Yep, that is what I've heard as well. Drives larger than 1 TB in laptop form factor (2.5") are still pricy. If you want more space, do you have physical space for a second 1 TB drive?

http://www.newegg.com/Product/ProductLis...920%20600414921


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Paul Millner [OAK]
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Re: hybrid hard drive [Re: John O'Shaughnessy [FCM]]
      #429493 - 08/17/16 03:03 PM

Fair point on the lower prices for pure SSD... though, for speed and price, I'd prefer 2TB of spinning drive with a few dozen GB of SSD for, say, under $200, than 2TB for $689.

Ha! NewEgg has a "secret" price, too, that you can only see by putting the 2TB SSD drive in your cart... rather than the openly advertised $689, the secret price is $869.69

I think I'll let them *keep* that secret! :-)

Fortunately, it's not an ancient laptop, so SATA. Harry has a laptop he likes that's PATA. I told him so sorry...

Paul


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