SSHD Hybrid Hard Drives - Where Capcity and speed reach a cost effective compromise      

     

Hybrid and SSHD Drives, HDD and SSD combined

     

Get the best of both worlds with a Hybrid Drive


Hybrid Drives bring you the best of HDD and SSD


Let's break down the key criteria to help you decide which option is right for you.

Form factor

Without any moving parts, SSD products are the thinnest of the available storage options. They're especially good for thin and light PCs and complex, industrial designs. For standard notebooks, SSDs are available in 5mm and 7mm heights. By comparison, HDDs are available in standard 7mm and 9.5mm designs. SSHDs debuted at 9mm, will be available at 7mm soon, and 5mm designs have been announced for shipment in 2013.

Capacity

HDDs are the workhorses when it comes to sheer capacity and how much data can be stored. SSHD technology also offers maximum capacity points at affordable price points while SSDs are only affordable at lower capacities. High-capacity SSDs are extremely expensive.

Speed

SSDs provide peak performance for booting and high read/write performance to supporting computing that requires enhanced multitasking capabilities. On the other hand, a SSHD can provide near SSD performance for booting, launching, and loading data. HDDs usually provide ample performance for the majority of PC platforms available today.

Price

At a system level, low-capacity SSDs can be affordable in the 32GB to 64GB range. But high-capacity SSDs are very expensive, especially when measured by cost per gigabyte. HDDs provide the lowest cost per gigabyte. SSHDs provide a cost per gigabyte that's just slightly higher than HDDs.

Summary

Thinking through all these criteria may make upgrading laptop storage seem like a tough decision. But perhaps it all comes down to cost-effectiveness: How can you get maximum capacity that's nearly as fast as solid state but fits your wallet better?

Take a closer look at solid state hybrid drives. They probably provide the best combination of performance characteristics to meet your needs.


Still lost? Do you have a more specific use in mind?

Why not take a moment to learn a thing or two with the guys at SPANTV below

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Why not contact us directly and our team of Sales and Technical advisors will be able to point you in the right direction.
 
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Originally started in 1994, SPAN was created with one goal in mind - to become the premium provider of data storage solutions to business and home users alike. Over 20 years later, SPAN is now a thriving company with a team of dedicated employees and a driving commitment to achieving that original core directive — providing first class data storage solutions. This does not begin and end at checkout. We at SPAN believe that no order is complete until a customer is satisfied, and it is with that in mind that we have worked consistently to provide the three S’. 

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We at SPAN know that Data Storage is always evolving and it can all get confusing. Have no fear. We offer everything from detailed product information, direct technical support and live-chat facilities to direct phone support, compatibility options and a team of technical advisors with years of hands-on experience. No stone is left unturned. 

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Above all other priorities, your satisfaction is the most important of all. From the big blue chip companies to the home user in his living room, we want you to feel satisfied that SPAN will go that extra mile for you. Nothing is more crucial to our goals than you finishing your purchase, safe in the knowledge that you have achieved yours too! Thank you as always for choosing SPAN.COM. 



From Wikipedia

A hard disk drive (HDD), hard disk, hard drive or fixed disk is a data storage device used for storing and retrieving digital information using one or more rigid ("hard") rapidly rotating disks (platters) coated with magnetic material. The platters are paired with magnetic heads arranged on a moving actuator arm, which read and write data to the platter surfaces. Data is accessed in a random-access manner, meaning that individual blocks of data can be stored or retrieved in any order rather than sequentially. An HDD retains its data even when powered off.

Introduced by IBM in 1956, HDDs became the dominant secondary storage device for general-purpose computers by the early 1960s. Continuously improved, HDDs have maintained this position into the modern era of servers and personal computers. More than 200 companies have produced HDD units, though most current units are manufactured by Seagate, Toshiba and Western Digital. Worldwide disk storage revenues were US $32 billion in 2013, down 3% from 2012.

In computing, a hybrid drive (also known by the initialism SSHD) is a logical or physical storage device that combines NAND flash solid-state drive (SSD) with hard disk drive (HDD) technology, with the intent of adding some of the speed of SSDs to the cost-effective storage capacity of traditional HDDs. The purpose of the SSD in a hybrid drive is to act as a cache for the data stored on the HDD, improving the overall performance by keeping copies of the most frequently used data on the SSD.

There are two main technologies used for implementing hybrid drives: dual-drive hybrid systems and solid-state hybrid drives. In dual-drive hybrid systems, separate SSD and HDD devices are installed in the same computer, having the data placement optimization performed either manually by the end user, or automatically by the operating system through creation of a "hybrid" logical device. In solid-state hybrid drives, SSD and HDD functionalities are built into the same physical storage device, by adding a certain amount of NAND flash storage to a hard disk drive; the data placement decisions are performed either entirely by the device (self-optimized mode), or through placement "hints" supplied by the operating system (host-hinted mode).


 



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