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I'm looking to replace the optical drive on my laptop with an SSD and use it as a boot drive. I'm looking at one of these: http://www.newmodeus.com/shop/index....roducts_id=253. It is a little expensive though and I was wondering if there are any alternatives. As for the actual SSD I'll be using, I really don't have any specific ones in mind. I was just going to wait until I see a good deal and get one. I don't really mind not having a cutting edge SSD, I just want something faster then a HDD. Something smaller then 60gb would be just fine. Does anyone have any experience doing this kind of thing? Any tips would be helpful.
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actually look up hybrid drives there alot as fast as an ssd but the pice of a normal hard drive. http://www.computerworld.com/s/artic...e_at_HDD_price
    
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That's not an SSD. That's a caddy for use in your laptop. You will have to buy the SSD separately.

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That's not an SSD. That's a caddy for use in your laptop. You will have to buy the SSD separately.

Did you READ the OP?? He is looking at that caddy PLUS the SSD.

OP, I have a 32 gig intel ssd in my netbook and I love it. Idk if it's still up, but there was a sale at Costco for ssds. Lemme look...

EDIT: Here's the thread about the Costco sale.
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actually look up hybrid drives there alot as fast as an ssd but the pice of a normal hard drive. http://www.computerworld.com/s/artic...e_at_HDD_price
The thing is that I already have a 500gb HDD in the laptop and I don't exactly want to replace it. I suppose at the price of getting an SSD and a caddy that is a viable option though.

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That's not an SSD. That's a caddy for use in your laptop. You will have to buy the SSD separately.

Read my post again
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Hybrid drives are NOT as fast as and SSD at all!
However, here is a review of the most common and CLOSEST hybrid drive, the momentus XT
http://www.anandtech.com/show/3734/s...d-hybrid-hdd/1

You'll see it's better than an HDD but its still noticeably slower than than the SSD. Google hybrid vs SSD and you'll get even WORSE reviews about how hybrid drives are just HDD's with a piece of RAM chip it still has to write to in the first place (in other words, garbage) I was being nice by posting the seagate review :/

I would plan on getting a 60GB boot drive for your laptop. the 500gb should be fine for storage as long as you have an external or a desktop too if you're a movie/music buff.

OR, you can just get a 120Gb SSD and keep the optical bay. My 120gb with windows7, reduced pagefile, BFBC2 and SC2 and one or two other steam games, L4D for example, is still less than half full.
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OP, I have a 32 gig intel ssd in my netbook and I love it. Idk if it's still up, but there was a sale at Costco for ssds. Lemme look...

EDIT: Here's the thread about the Costco sale.
I've heard that those Kingston drives are actually pretty power hungry, not the best trait for a laptop.
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I've heard that those Kingston drives are actually pretty power hungry, not the best trait for a laptop.
Honestly, I wouldn't know.. I was just throwing up a cheap ssd.
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I've heard that those Kingston drives are actually pretty power hungry, not the best trait for a laptop.
Hmmm that's something I hadn't considered before. My laptop has atrocious battery life as it is. Here is another option I found. I have a Lenovo y560 laptop and some of the later laptops in this line have something called Rapiddrive which is a HDD with a Mini PCIe SSD alongside it. Lenovo uses a software to make the two drives appear as one to Windows and puts more used files onto the SSD. Very similar to the Seagate Momentus XTs. I could get one of these: and either use Rapiddrive or use it separately as a boot drive. However, this is even more pricey and the only pluses are less power consumption and still having an optical drive.
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