Are Hybrid Hard Drives Faster?

“I need a new hard drive for my laptop, and just came across something called a hybrid hard drive. It sounds cool, but I’m not a techie. Can you explain how hybrid drives are different, and if the increased performance justifies the higher price tag?”

What Is A Hybrid Hard Drive?

A hybrid hard drive (HHD) – also called a hybrid hard disk drive or just “hybrid drive” – combines familiar magnetic media with RAM memory to achieve much faster read/write performance without increasing costs very much. Hybrid drives are an intermediate storage technology between standard electromechanical hard drives and pure solid-state drives. Here’s what you need to know…

About Richard Pedersen

~"addicted to computers since 1982"~ I got my first computer in 1982 and haven't looked back. I love to find ways to improve their efficiency and to help others do the same. I build and repair personal computer systems. I live in a small farming community in Western Wisconsin.

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