1.    06 Feb 2017 #1
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    How reliable are Hybrid drives? For gaming?


    Recently I burnt through my third SSD, which lasted about a year. Although it was a cheap 120 GB one, I think I'm done with them until good ones become more affordable or cheap ones become a little less... well... crap.

    My HDD is pretty old, going on 7 years, and while it's still going strong it's pretty slow for my needs (I play a lot big, open world games). Thing is, I don't think I'd be gaining much in terms of speed from upgrading to a new HDD, since they don't seem to have evolved past 7200 RPM.

    So here's my question, are hybrid drives reliable? Or are they just slightly bigger SSD's?
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  2.    06 Feb 2017 #2
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    Quote Originally Posted by AnarchyBlues View Post
    Recently I burnt through my third SSD, which lasted about a year. Although it was a cheap 120 GB one, I think I'm done with them until good ones become more affordable or cheap ones become a little less... well... crap.
    What brands are these drives? I have a 7 year old 80GB Intel drive at home which is still running fine. My wife's laptop is nearly 4 years old with a 128GB SSD and it's fine. And I've supported SSD's at work for years and I have only had 1 crap out.

    A hybrid drive has SSD space as a cache and a standard platter behind it. So, it writes to the small SSD and then dump to the platters afterwards. If you max out the cache, it's not going to be any faster than a standard mechanical hard drive since you would be waiting completely on the mechanical drive platters.
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  3.    06 Feb 2017 #3
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    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    What brands are these drives? I have a 7 year old 80GB Intel drive at home which is still running fine. My wife's laptop is nearly 4 years old with a 128GB SSD and it's fine. And I've supported SSD's at work for years and I have only had 1 crap out.
    Mine were both ADATA, one lasted a year, the other about a year and a half. I also got a Kingston for my mom's laptop, it has over two years but it's been showing signs of death for about a year.

    Quote Originally Posted by pparks1 View Post
    A hybrid drive has SSD space as a cache and a standard platter behind it. So, it writes to the small SSD and then dump to the platters afterwards. If you max out the cache, it's not going to be any faster than a standard mechanical hard drive since you would be waiting completely on the mechanical drive platters.
    Would I still be able to use it as an HDD if the flash portion breaks?
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