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[Amazon.ca] Seagate 1TB Firecuda Gaming SSHD 2.5 Inches $74.99

I was looking for this for some time to upgrade my laptop HDD to SSHD. Wanted to share as the price seems good and this Seagate line "Firecuda" carries 5 year warranty.
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I had a SSHD for my laptop, it still faces the same issue of a regular hard drive. Slows down as you use and you have to change it at the end, if you can compromise on space go with a SSD instead.
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Tough choice on this one. You can get a 525gb SSD for $140 or you can get a standard 1TB HD with 8GB of SSD for $75.
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If you just want to make your laptop snappier, then just get a regular SSD (The 128 and 256GB aren't that expensive) and then get a large secondary drive (if you laptop has more than one SATA port or even an m.2 port)
Right now I'm using a crucial MX300 M.2 SSD for the OS and a regular crappy 1TB 5400RPM HD for large files and it's working quite good.
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These do help in a ps4 btw...not as fast as a real ssd but there is noticeable difference in loading times.
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This is a gimmicky hard drive with a small portion of SSD in it.

I was contemplating getting this, but someone in another forum convinced that is was better getting a separate SSD drive and then a separate HDD if you're even bothering considering this SSHD.

Also Seagate ain't the best with reliability, so I don't know if I want to risk it anyway.
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ShylocK wrote: These do help in a ps4 btw...not as fast as a real ssd but there is noticeable difference in loading times.
With only 8GB of solid state storage it'll just hold the OS, won't help at all with your games. Besides, now you can use external hard drives on the PS4 (after they recently added that function... Finally).
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I tried an SSHD a long time ago and ended up selling it and going full SSD.

SSHD is a gimmick. It does perform fast only a small part of the time, depending on your usage, but is not worth it overall.
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Been using the 2tb one for pc and also ps4. Both are trash, better off getting 7200rpm drives.
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Keep in mind, Seagate won't tell you this, but only the 2.5 inch is 5400rpm and the 3.5 inch is 7200rpm. Really vague and deceptive by Seagate.
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EdZegRFD wrote: With only 8GB of solid state storage it'll just hold the OS, won't help at all with your games. Besides, now you can use external hard drives on the PS4 (after they recently added that function... Finally).
The way this SSHD works, you don't actually access to the 8GB, so you wouldn't be able to install the OS just onto the SSD portion. It just uses the 8GB to load the most frequently used data to speed things up. This certainly helps improve game loading times on the PS4. It's only up to you whether or not the improvement (a few seconds) is worth it. From what I remember, some games only improved by 1 second, whereas others improved by a good 6-7 seconds. I personally would use this in a PS4, but not a laptop upgrade.
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lincoln wrote: Tough choice on this one. You can get a 525gb SSD for $140 or you can get a standard 1TB HD with 8GB of SSD for $75.
Where can you get a 512 for that price?

I run three small 120 ssd's, wouldn't ever go back to the whiiiiir click click click whiiiir of a mechanical ever again.
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well I got convinced to not buy it, guess I'm going to stick with my 500gb ssd for now and get a 7200rpm.
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nabiul wrote: Where can you get a 512 for that price?

I run three small 120 ssd's, wouldn't ever go back to the whiiiiir click click click whiiiir of a mechanical ever again.
Any current deal for a 512gb at that price? I've seen them pop up occasionally but am presently looking... thanks all!
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Would this type of drive be good for a laptop as a secondary drive that only houses games? I already have an ssd for OS and apps. I have a 1tb hdd that is only used for games (Steam). Load times are kind of slow and I'm running low on space (interested in the 2TB when it goes on sale). I'm wondering if this would be an improvement.
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AirTimid wrote: Would this type of drive be good for a laptop as a secondary drive that only houses games? I already have an ssd for OS and apps. I have a 1tb hdd that is only used for games (Steam). Load times are kind of slow and I'm running low on space (interested in the 2TB when it goes on sale). I'm wondering if this would be an improvement.
Only a small difference - your best bet would be to upgrade the SSD you already have to a bigger one, so that games could be loaded onto it, to get real improvements in load time.
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I know people like to harp on these SSHDs, but I am consistently surprised as how speedy they are on day-to-day tasks.

for example, a recent AIO purchase from Dell came in, and it had a Seagate SSHD inside standard. I was ready to upgrade it to a 128GB SSD, but the more I played around with it, installing programs, rebooting, etc. the more I understood that these have very real uses. this is a general business system, using an OMS program, some network apps, email, Word, Firefox and that's about it, and honestly, these are all probably sitting in the 8GB SSD because it loads at SSD speeds every time.

if you're a ultra-power-user with TBs of games and apps, then no, stick with a 480GB+ MLC or 3D TLC SSD as your main drive + a 4TB HD for storage, but for more general users who need the extra space (i.e. a laptop or AIO with only 1 drive slot) this is a great option. it's also perfect for those with larger laptops (with 2 drive slots) who already have a smaller SSD but need more storage space + speed. it also seems perfect for the old "upgrade the parents/grandparents laptop/PC' angle, especially if they store photos, movies, etc. and a 120GB SSD will not do, as I'd bet that virtually all apps/tasks will be preloaded to the SSD.

where it really doesn't fit is as a primary boot drive + game drive, as the GBs and GBs of game data will overload the SSD cache and give only slight performance increases. general use or business systems is where the benefits will really present themselves, as Word, Mail, Firefox, et al, will just sit on the SSD portion and load like mad, but still give you 1TB of storage for photos, videos, backups, movies, etc.. And you save a lot of $$$ as you can buy almost five of these 1TB SSHDs for the price of a single 1TB MLC/3D TLC SSD.
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