Release Date: 3/11/2013
Sizes: 1TB, 500GB, 9.5mm, 7mm
Hard drives are becoming faster and larger as data size increases. Back in the 90’s games on PC were just a few hundred megabytes and that was a big deal. Gigabyte hard drives started popping up in the late 90’s, but they cost hundreds of dollars. As MP3 pirating and movie pirating boomed large HDDs were high in demand. Games went from kilobytes in the 70’s and 80’s to megabytes in the 90’s. As technology grew and games became more sophisticated they were much larger. Unreal Tournament 2004 was one of the first games where I had to clear out stuff on my HDD to install it. It came on 6 CDs and took up a large portion of my 40GB HDD. Now that games are pushing 40GB a piece terabyte HDDs are in demand. They are still young and you won’t find many affordable HDDS over 2TB’s, but that’s all you really need. Remember, 1TB is 1,000 gigabytes.
Laptop HDDs have come a long way. Before you couldn’t get much storage on tiny 2.5″ HDDs. You can even get 10,000 RPM HDDs now for laptops but they cost $300+ and overheat and suck down batteries and you need to accommodate for a 12.5mm drive. Of course, you can get power saving SSD’s but they cost hundreds of dollars with little storage space. What’s the next best thing? The storage of a platter drive and the speed of an SSD. Solid state hybrid drives are the best way to go right now if you don’t have nearly $1,000 to throw down on a 1TB SSD. These SSHD’s have a small NAND flash SSD (usually 8-64GB) and a high-speed platter drive. The Seagate SSHD is 5x faster than a 5400 RPM drive. 5400 RPMs isn’t sufficient for gaming or faster data transfers. However, after testing the speeds of this drive along with my backup Seagate 320GB 5400 RPM HDD I saw the difference.
The HDD has technology built inside that will “learn” how your data works and will put the most used programs on the SSD inside. Boot times are 5x faster as well as waking from sleep. It takes a couple of days to really notice the difference. After a few boots, they got faster and faster as well as some programs. Photoshop CS6 now opens up in mere seconds (like less than 5). The only issue here is that you can’t control what goes on the 8GB SSD, but it doesn’t really matter in the end. The only other major issue I had was that this drive does not come formatted. It takes about 4 hours (no matter how fast your computer is) to format and you get about 931GB to use afterward. The first thing I did was clone my old 250GB 7200RPM main drive onto this thing and it took merely 16 minutes to copy over 220GB. That’s damn fast.
Notice how the SSHD is over twice as fast as the standard 5400 RPM HDD. You will notice the difference when installing games, load times are a lot faster, and the overall performance is quicker. This is a great investment and anyone who games on laptops or has a lot of movies and music should invest in this HDD.