Seagate Laptop SSHD Review
Seagate Laptop SSHD is a solid upgrade if your laptop’s existing storage is a slow mechanical hard disk. Hybrid drives have always made a lot more sense in laptops where you’re limited to one storage disk, need plenty of capacity and are not looking to spend considerably more on a high-capacity SSD.
Seagate’s Laptop SSHD hybrid drive combines a hard disk with 8GB of flash memory for frequently-accessed files, to help bring the storage space of a mechanical disk with some of the speed of an SSD to laptops. The hybrid drives are available in different form factors to support a multitude of systems. There’s a standard 7mm size (ST500LM000) that will support most laptops, 9.5mm (ST1000LM014) for large desktop replacement models and a super-slim 5mm drive (ST500LX012) for Ultrabooks, so it’s important you buy the right drive for your system.
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The 7mm and 5mm drives are only available in 500GB capacities, while the thicker 9.5mm drive is available in a generous 1TB; this is the model Seagate sent us to review. This works out at around 6p per GB, making the drive good value. The 1TB drive has four heads and two platters, which explains the additional thickness. The drive operates at 5,400RPM, which is standard for most laptop disks. All the Laptop SSHD capacities include a cache of 8GB of MLC NAND flash memory.
The SSHD’s controller uses an algorithm to learn which files you use most frequently. It then moves these files to the NAND flash for faster access. This process doesn’t require any drivers, so it should work in Mac and Linux laptops, as well as on Windows.