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Originally had a WD Black 1TB (since 2010!) but it is just too noisy, replaced with this hybrid Seagate.
The disk is intended to be used as windows backup (Macrium Reflect), virtual machine storage and media when editing videos.
Absolute throughput is lower than the WD but day to day usage is way faster because of the SSD caching.
No more noise except when it occasionally spins up.
i wanted a 2.5 inch drive to stick on the tray behind the motherboard it does its job
Needed a new mechanical HDD since my old Western Digital 1TB Black was pushing almost 8 years. I also wanted a 2.5" drive due to the radiator taking out the 3.5" drive bays in the main and lower bay. This is where my games are loaded and hopefully after playing the same game a few times it'll get faster due to being a hybrid drive.
not very fast but still usable for certain things
Holds everything in place, will eventually get 2 new drives and raid them for redundancy not performance
For other data and low processing required games and better than normal hdds
This was a gift and works perfect for extra storage for my photos/videos/music.
Massive storage for my games at a small foot print. perfect for mini ITX case.
the Seagate FireCuda 1TB Hybrid was chosen as a starting point for volume storage backing up the M.2 which is handling the Operating system - and, just to get the build underway . . . and while SSD prices are - out of control!
This hybrid storage has 8GB of built in SSD buffer which learns what files you use most often - then keeps those most used files in Que for faster retrieval. That usually means that when first installed, retrieval times are the same as a standard (non-hybrid) HD - then usually after the 3rd-4th time a particular file (such as a favorite game) is retrieved ... load times significantly improve.
So the real question here is - why do the hybrid manufacturers utilize 5400 rpm drives as the base for their hybrid SSD buffered offerings rather than the faster 7400 rpm HD units . . . and, in the end - which is actually faster (and more bang for the buck).
In my case, it could be just a mental thing . . . don't know if I could even tell the difference in the real-life scenarios (or even care !!!) . . . but these days who doesn't like a "Hybrid" !!!!!
I used one of these hybrid drives in a prior build and it has performed quite well for more than 1 1/2 years. Would I buy it again ? . . . Well, perhaps if in a large capacity unit such as 5TB or more . . . but, meanwhile, I keep waiting for pricing on the 1TB+ SSDs to drop . . . maybe as a result of recent legal price fixing actions on the big three.
An old laptop drive I have repurposed. It didn't help the laptop... will be interesting to see if it helps here. I think I'll use it as a gaming drive as the hybrid nature might help. 5400 though, so maybe I'll need to bench it.