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Pros: Good boot times after it learns what files are read most frequently
Cons: Terrible Life expectancy -- died within 6 months
Other Thoughts: I have no idea what to do with this thing. It simply died one day. I'm praying I can recover the code I've written the past few months. I expected the drive to last far longer than this, and I have NO plans to put another hybrid in until I'm sure Seagate has their quality back to normal again.
And since I swapped the main computer drive to a hybrid, based on the 5 month success of this, I have to UNupgrade that machine as well, and soon.
Hybrid should be simple and should last as long as a regular drive. It's not even coming close. I will go back to my WD drives; they at least function.
Pros: easily setup and installed
Other Thoughts: I was hesitant to go with this because I've never used GSkill before. I tend to go with parts I know and have used before. But the fears were unfounded. put them into the motherboard and told the Bios to setup with the XMP settings, and all the speeds and voltages were set. I've never had an upgrade go so fast and easy.READ FULL REVIEW
Pros: Near instant speed boost. A 1TB disk with 32G of SSD where the drive automatically puts your most frequently read stuff. After your 4th reboot, you'll notice boots are much faster and the programs you launch are extremely responsive
Cons: Still a 5400rpm drive. You won't see any speed records for transferring 80G of music or home movies. But this is a LAPTOP drive and nobody should expect velociraptor performance from this.
Other Thoughts: I bought one because I was perfectly happy with my laptop and didn't want to replace it. But the hard drive was getting full, so it was time for an upgrade. The process was pretty simple
Remove old drive and put in a USB external housing.
Put new drive in USB external housing.
Run Ghost to clone old drive to new. (runs all night).
Put new drive back in laptop.
It's a hybrid drive which means it's not a true SSD. But it has some SSD functionality, particularly with start times of your most used programs. And it has a full 1000 Gigabytes of space along with the SSD speed boost, which means as a single drop in replacement drive for a laptop, you get bootup speed improvements that get better the longer you use it. But otherwise, it's still a low power laptop drive.
If you use it for its intended purposes (laptop improvement) you'll be quite happy with the drive. If you need the sheer speed of a velociraptor so you can capture 4 HD cameras at once, then this isn't for you. It's perfect for injecting new life into your laptop though, so buy it if you want to keep your current laptop a couple of years longer.