[section_title title=”Introduction”]Introduction

Seagate Technology PLC or more widely known as just “Seagate”, are a global market leader in storage solutions ranging from regular HDDs, SSDs and reliable data centre drives.  Originally founded as Shugart Technology by Alan Shugart in 1979, they have recently become the first manufacturer to ship over 2 billion HDDs which is a huge achievement in itself.

There has been a lot of talk about SSDs recently due to their high performance, but it comes at a cost. What if there was a way to combine the best of both worlds?  How about the raw speed of an SSD with the capacity and price of a regular HDD?  Well Seagate might have just the solution for you…

Seagate have just released 2 new hybrid drives which give you the responsiveness of an SSD, but with the capacity of a HDD at a price not to different from a normal mechanical HDD.  Today I will be taking a look at both options available, the first is a 1TB 2.5” laptop SSHD (Solid State Hybrid Drive) which is designed for use in laptops but could easily be used in a desktop.  It features a 5400RPM platter which should be quieter than say a 7200RPM drive and this particular drive also features SATA 6GB/s interface.  The other drive up for review today is the 3.5” desktop version which also features a SATA 6GB/s interface and comes in 1TB, 2TB and 4TB variations.

Can the hybrid drives bridge the gap between having an SSD and a regular HDD?  Let’s find out, starting with the specifications…

A little bit about Seagate:

Seagate offers the industry’s broadest portfolio of hard disk drives, solid-state drives and solid-state hybrid drives. In addition, the company offers an extensive line of retail storage products for consumers and small businesses, along with data-recovery services for any brand of hard drive and digital media type.


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