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Well I lost my main hard drive this morning. It was old anyways.

 

I was trying to decide if I should go with a SSD, but they are still pretty expensive. So I chose a hybrid, they are supposed to be only a few seconds slower than a SSD at a fraction of the price.

 

The SSD 80 Gig HD was $199

The Hybrid 750 Gig HD was $189

 

So far I can tell a night and day difference, it's like having a new computer all over again. With my old drive my CPU usage never went over 7%-8%. Now with this hard drive it should put the bottle neck back towards the CPU were it belongs.

 

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I also have had some issues lately with maxing out my 4 gigs of ram so added another 8 gigs. (12 gigs total now)

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Ah yeah, I only had Best Buy to choose from, since the drive crashed I had to get my computer right back up for work as I work from home. I couldn't wait on something to be shipped, but newegg is my fav :)

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Ah yeah, I only had Best Buy to choose from, since the drive crashed I had to get my computer right back up for work as I work from home. I couldn't wait on something to be shipped, but newegg is my fav :)

 

My last US based IT gig was for Best Buy's Geek Squad, and I can say that I am surprised they didn't try to up-sell you an entire new build over your dead hdd. But in truth, the new Geek Squad guys (post 2006) probably scurry away when they find out they are talking to someone with actual knowledge.

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I am curious about the hybrid drive. How much of the capacity is in ram?

8 gigs, here is the video on it:

http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xde4gc_momentus-xt-benchmarks_tech/

 

Hmm not sure about your choice with Hybrid. I think you should go for the "true" SSD unless you need the additional space.

I did, after all my programs and windows was installed I was using 103 gigs, so really needed this one.

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Well let me know how it is once you get it and use it. I'm looking for another HDD/SSD upgrade in the near future so...

 

Did you read the post? I've been talking about it above and even said in the first post I installed it...

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8 gigs, here is the video on it:

http://www.dailymoti...enchmarks_tech/

 

 

I did, after all my programs and windows was installed I was using 103 gigs, so really needed this one.

 

I see. So a hybrid is basically a mechanical hard drive with a very big buffer. Can you choose what to load into the ram part of the hard drive or is it all handled automatically? btw Windows 7 wouldn't fit into that 8 gigs, would it?

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Did you read the post? I've been talking about it above and even said in the first post I installed it...

 

Oh oops, I read it up to

"Well I lost my main hard drive this morning. It was old anyways.

 

I was trying to decide if I should go with a SSD, but they are still pretty expensive. So I chose a hybrid, they are supposed to be only a few seconds slower than a SSD at a fraction of the price.

 

The SSD 80 Gig HD was $199

The Hybrid 750 Gig HD was $189"

so I figured you just chose it but didn't buy it yet. :P Sorry about that.

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Ah yeah no prob.

 

I have it up and running, it's a huge difference from my mechanical drive and I feel like I have an entirely new computer. That old drive didn't let me use any of my computers potential.

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Ah yeah no prob.

 

I have it up and running, it's a huge difference from my mechanical drive and I feel like I have an entirely new computer. That old drive didn't let me use any of my computers potential.

 

Hmm you really do make it sound tempting for me to get the drive... And also, this is desktop that you have this installed in right?

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Hmm you really do make it sound tempting for me to get the drive... And also, this is desktop that you have this installed in right?

Yes....why would I be talking about a desktop in this thread that I didn't install this drive in?

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Yes....why would I be talking about a desktop in this thread that I didn't install this drive in?

 

Not that, I was told that these hybrid drives have a form factor that matches laptops and you need an adapter.

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Not many consumer-machines are ever used to their full-potential.

 

Haha that's a very good point. I'm sure even now, Nathan, you aren't using that computer to its full potential. Only the most power demanding softwares that aren't average consumer programs could consume so much power.

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I still don't believe that a HDD can bottleneck such a system... I mean even if it's 5400RPM. :/ It might be faster when you use the hybrid drive but the 5400RPM/7200RPM drive probably wasn't really "bottlenecking" your computer. You know what i mean?

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Yes it was the bottleneck as CPU utilization never went over 7-8%. Now it gets into the 60% range. The speed is night and day difference.

 

Well I'll admit that is some impressive increase in the percentages but may I ask, where can I check this CPU utilization stats?

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