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Hybrid Drives

Hybrid drives are a fusion of traditional hard drive technology (magnetic platters) and newer solid state drive technology (flash memory). In a typical hybrid drive design, the majority of the storage space is traditional magnetic media with an attached solid state component around 1-5% the storage capacity of the magnetic media. This small supplementary solid state drive is used as a very high speed cache for the larger drive—any recently accessed data is cached on the solid state portion of the hybrid drive to increase access speeds and decrease power usage.

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