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Hybrid Drives

Hybrid drives are a hybridization of traditional mechanical hard drive technology and more modern solid-state drive technology. The drives combine the large storage capacity of a traditional magnetic hard drive with the speed of a solid-state drive. The drives typically contain a 4-24GB solid-state storage area mated with a 500-1000GB magnetic storage area.

This configuration allows for frequently accessed data, boot information, and other data that benefits from rapid access to be stored in the solid-state portion of the drive while other data, such as media files and infrequently used programs, can be stored in the larger magnetic storage area.

Hybrid drives were introduced in 2007 when the price of large solid-state drives was still astronomical; as solid-state drive prices continue to fall hybrid drives will likely vanish as the compromise between storage size and speed will no longer influence consumer purchases.

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