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I am just looking at sager laptops, which I have heard nothing about good things from on here. And so far it looks good! But i have a quick question. They have an option for the hard drive "Hybrid Hard Drive with 4GB SSD". Will this hybrid HD offer the same or close to the same performance as a regular SSD? Or is it all just a gimmick?

And before anyone suggests i get an actually SSD, that isn't really in my budget If i do add this "hybrid" one ill be at the very tip of my budget.

As far as what i will be using the SSD for, obviously ill only be using it for the boot times and maybe a couple applications, if i can fit them. But can you even fit Windows on 4 gigs?

Thanks for any help!

EDIT: Is there anyway i could add a SSD in myself after?
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Most likely they're just talking about the Seagate Momentus XT, which admittedly showed improvements over traditional mechanicals, but in the end didn't live up to pure SSD speeds, and showed some reliability issues. You don't actually get a 4GB SSD; there's just one "built into the drive" to cache the most accessed data, so you get this speed advantage with the top 4GBs of data you load.
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i dont see any reason you cant replace the current drive with a SSD later... having 2 drives? dunno depends on if theres a space and a sata connection for a second in that lappy.

The hybrid SSD doesn't work like normal ones at all. It essentially uses the 4GB as a giant cashe for the HD. You cant actively use it for anything, it just boosts the seek and read times on commonly used and temp files.
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Originally Posted by Toransu View Post
Most likely they're just talking about the Seagate Momentus XT, which admittedly showed improvements over traditional mechanicals, but in the end didn't live up to pure SSD speeds, and showed some reliability issues. You don't actually get a 4GB SSD; there's just one "built into the drive" to cache the most accessed data, so you get this speed advantage with the top 4GBs of data you load.
This was what i was thinking was the case. One of those marketing ploys that makes it seem like a killer deal. I appreciate the quick reply and i probably won't be going with this option anymore!
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This was what i was thinking was the case. One of those marketing ploys that makes it seem like a killer deal. I appreciate the quick reply and i probably won't be going with this option anymore!
Yep, vague marketing. It gets the best of us, don't worry about it. Glad to be of assistance.
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