Hybrid drive or straight on SSD ?(22 posts)
the ssd drives are faster than SATA, however, if the SSD fails, there is almost 0 chance to recover data, where as a sata drive - you have a good chance (depending on reason for failure)
Hybrid drives are useful, they give a mixture of the speed of the SSD and the recoverability from the standard drive.
However a good backup of your data will preclude the issue of recovery should your drive breakdown.
at the price you are looking - will you not consider a Mac?
from the pcworld piece
Solid-state drives are best suited to savvy PC users who seek high performance. If you don’t mind managing multiple volumes and you have the budget, pairing a fast SSD with a high-capacity hard drive will result in the best of both worlds. The SSD can hold the OS and your most frequently used applications, while the hard drive can handle the bulk-storage duties. Managing multiple storage volumes can be a bit of a pain for casual PC users; if you know your way around a PC, however, combining a fast SSD and large hard-drive storage is a great, high-performance approach with minimal compromise.
It goes 180 degrees against LH's view.
Do you have a specific laptop in mind? Hybrids are normally either PCI cards or larger physical drives that many not fit in a laptop (I've not looked on the web to see what is available).
The 'main' feature of a hybrid vs. an SSD is capacity and price point. A Hybrid is basically a mechanical drive with a large cache that can hold data too.Depending on cache size and what you do performance varies and never will be as good as a pure SSD.
SSD is the way to go, but the price point for a 500GB drive might put your dollar limit out of reach. An SSD in a laptop has a significant power and heat advantage over a mechanical drive as well.
I don't think a lot of any portable has slots for 2 hard drives, usually a power statement. At one time or another HP, ASUS, and Toshiba did sell such models, but they included the drives and probably OVER your price limit to boot. Also, if you can find one with a MSATA slot you can add an SSD that way.
Easy to move the OS to the SSD, many imaging programs handle that and Paragon has a stand-alone program that works well it seems. Acronis and others off disk transfer programs that do it for you as well.
Here is a tutorial I mad for how to move the OS to the SSD. In there you also find a link for a $20 program that does it for you with 3 clicks.
For SSDs, the fastest right now are the OCZ Vector and the Samsung 840 Pro that was already mentioned. The Crucial M4 is a nice budget option. Newegg has it sometimes on sale.
I would not remove the optical drive. I would get a laptop with a USB3 port and attach the HDD you recovered (in a USB3 caddy) when you put the SSD in. You may be able to do that also with the optical drive but I never tried that.
Laptops (or Ultrabooks) that have SSDs out of the box are too expensive and there is not a big choice. If you buy the SSD seperately, you have a lot more laptop options for less money including the SSD. Plus you can use the recovered HDD in a caddy (costs very little) as an external disk.