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    Hybrid HDD information?

    I decided to buy a new laptop and ordered this today http://www.tigerdirect.com/applicati...348&CatId=4935
    It should accept win 10 easily. It has a 500 GB Hybrid HDD and I am not familiar with them. I assume that it's part SSD and part SATA, is that correct? I also noticed that it is only a 5400 rpm drive so I'm wondering if it is really going to be slow compared to the 7000 rpm drives that I am used to.
    For the price, I figured this would be a good computer to see if I like win 10. Since it's HP there will be a recovery setup on it in case I don't like win 10.
    Thanks for any and all responses.

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    This PCWorld article discusses the differences...

    http://www.pcworld.com/article/20254...-for-you-.html

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    By that description, it doesn't sound like a very fast option but I can always change it down the road if I choose.

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    It's a cheap way to give you an apparently fast disk. As long as you only use files from the cache it will be fast.

    cheers, Paul

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    @ PaulT

    I have helped several customers with similar probook/ultrabook laptops & 500GB/600GB/750GB hybrid HDDs. In each case the HDD performance seemed quite good.

    @ lumpy95

    You might want to consider cloning the new probook's HDD to a decent-size SSD and try Win10 on the SSD. Then if something goes wrong with your Win10 experience it would be quite easy to revert to the original 8.1 installation.
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    You might want to consider cloning the new probook's HDD to a decent-size SSD and try Win10 on the SSD. Then if something goes wrong with your Win10 experience it would be quite easy to revert to the original 8.1 installation.
    Actually it's a downgraded laptop from 8 to win 7 but from what I understand, the option to go back to 8 is included. I assume that it is an extra disc, not sure yet as it will be awhile before it arrives. It probably won't arrive until next week.
    My thought was to make a set of factory reset disc's first and then get another disc to clone to ( SATAIII or possibly SSD ) after I get the laptop to where I want it. Then at some point get win 10. Does that sound like a good plan?

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    I have an SSHD installed in my desktop.....it works great. The speed difference between the standard HDD is unbelievable, I'm really impressed with it.
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...-339-_-Product

    The SSHD has an 8 GB SSD buit onto/into a standard HDD and is used in a caching manner. Now WD has there version of a Hybird drive....but it's actually a dual drive setup. It has a 120 GB (separate) SSD and then a 1TB HDD.... http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produc...82E16822236642

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    I have an SSHD installed in my desktop.....it works great. The speed difference between the standard HDD is unbelievable, I'm really impressed with it.
    That's good news. I'm not sure what brand HP uses, ie their own or someone else's. They generally outsource a lot of the hardware.
    Thanks for the link's to the HD's.

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    I received the laptop today. I was shocked that it got here so quickly.
    Anyway it seems pretty quick so far.

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    Another question,
    I know that SSD's aren't supposed to be defragged. I assume that this hybrid does need to be defragged, is that correct?

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    Actually, Windows does defrag SSD's...

    http://www.hanselman.com/blog/TheRea...ntYourSSD.aspx

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    Hmmm, interesting article and I guess I better defrag.

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    If you use a lot of the same programs every day then the 8GB SSD "cache" will make the laptop feel pretty fast. When you open a less frequently used program you'll have to wait on the 5400rpm hard drive to read/retrieve the data. The same goes for infrequently accessing everything else - an initial delay while the hard drive retrieves the data for you. I noticed on Amazon.com they have a couple of 480GB or 500GB SSDs going for around $179 and one has a mail-in rebate for an extra $20 off. Smaller 240GB SSDs go for around $89. Don't worry about one brand's claim of being faster than another - they're all so fast compared to a regular hard drive you'll get very fast response on everything.

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    Quote Originally Posted by lumpy95 View Post
    Hmmm, interesting article and I guess I better defrag.
    I would let Windows take care of it for you.

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    Quote Originally Posted by jwoods View Post
    I would let Windows take care of it for you.
    I am.

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