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Windows 7: What is the best money spent? More Ram or Hybrid HD??

17 Sep 2014   #1
jjr

Win 7 64bit
 
 
What is the best money spent? More Ram or Hybrid HD??

Saying you had the choice of one or the other what would you feel is money better spent?

I have a Alienware Aurora w/ 6gb ram, Core i7 cpu 980 @ 3.33gz running win7 64 bit home premium. I plan to update my slave drives to Green 2tb.

I was reading on the new Hybrid drive by Seagate and I just do not know if it would be worth the money spent. My current master is a 1tb WD1001FAES00W7A0 Western Digital 1.0TB 64mb cache and am pretty happy with its speed.

TIA,
JJ


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17 Sep 2014   #2
paulpicks21

Windows 7 Professional 64 bit
 
 

If you ain't maxing out your ram then there is no need to add more.

It's very rare I use more than 6GB.
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17 Sep 2014   #3
Ztruker

Windows 10 Pro X64
 
 

Forget the hybrid, go with a good sized SSD, you'll see a large performance improvement. 250GB or so would be plenty since you will have the 2TB drive also.
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17 Sep 2014   #4
ignatzatsonic

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Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Any over-riding reason you are considering a hybrid drive rather than the customary SSD for Windows and apps and a spinning drive for all data?

You'll probably be happy with the Green 2 TB if you don't get a DOA. I recently bought a 3 TB Green and it is faster than my primary 7200 RPM Samsung 1 TB data drive---and the Samsung was an exceptionally fast drive when I bought it 3 years ago.
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17 Sep 2014   #5
jjr

Win 7 64bit
 
 

The greens would be for backups so speed I do not think it would be a issue. As far as a SSD I really would like a 1tb and the cost of those is still out of reach. Perhaps I would be better off just sticking what I have for my my master and just updating the 2 slave drives.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by ignatzatsonic View Post
Any over-riding reason you are considering a hybrid drive rather than the customary SSD for Windows and apps and a spinning drive for all data?

You'll probably be happy with the Green 2 TB if you don't get a DOA. I recently bought a 3 TB Green and it is faster than my primary 7200 RPM Samsung 1 TB data drive---and the Samsung was an exceptionally fast drive when I bought it 3 years ago.
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17 Sep 2014   #6
ignatzatsonic

Microsoft Community Contributor Award Recipient

Windows 7 Home Premium SP1, 64-bit
 
 

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by jjr View Post
The greens would be for backups so speed I do not think it would be a issue. As far as a SSD I really would like a 1tb and the cost of those is still out of reach. Perhaps I would be better off just sticking what I have for my my master and just updating the 2 slave drives.

Yeah, that's what I'm doing.

My SSD is only 80 GB, 35 occupied. Growing at less than 2 GB per year. It contains only Windows and apps.

Larger SSDs are of no use to me until I can get a 2 TB data SSD for maybe $200. My data occupies around 600 GB and is growing by about 150 GB per year. 250 or 500 GB or even 1 TB SSDs aren't much help to me. So I'm sticking with spinners for data, probably for several more years. I hope to buy a 2 TB spinner for $100 or less when I have to--probably in 18 months or so.
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17 Sep 2014   #7
Layback Bear

Windows 7 Pro. 64/SP-1
 
 

It's a simple decision to me. Keep your hard drive and install a SSD 120 gigs or more. That will give you the best bang for your bucks.
The SSD will give you the kind of speed improvement you can see and feel every day you use your computer.
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17 Sep 2014   #8
jjr

Win 7 64bit
 
 

But probably will wait till the prices come down a bit.

Also do those SSHD hold up pretty well compared to the HD ones?


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by Layback Bear View Post
It's a simple decision to me. Keep your hard drive and install a SSD 120 gigs or more. That will give you the best bang for your bucks.
The SSD will give you the kind of speed improvement you can see and feel every day you use your computer.
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17 Sep 2014   #9
gregrocker

 

The SSD is the best upgrade you can have.

You don't need a huge one since file data doesn't benefit from the speed improvement, just OS, Programs, Paging File and Hibernate file. Your User folders can reside on the HD and be linked by moving the User folders there or linking them via Libraries.

So 240gb which came down to $79 today for PNY on Tiger Direct should be plenty big.
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18 Sep 2014   #10
jjr

Win 7 64bit
 
 

Problem is that I have more music then that so the hd would not be big enough. I found in the past if I played my music that was stored on a slave drive I would get a strange lag/ buzz noise if I was browsing and playing music at the same time.


Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by gregrocker View Post
The SSD is the best upgrade you can have.

You don't need a huge one since file data doesn't benefit from the speed improvement, just OS, Programs, Paging File and Hibernate file. Your User folders can reside on the HD and be linked by moving the User folders there or linking them via Libraries.

So 240gb which came down to $79 today for PNY on Tiger Direct should be plenty big.
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