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Which Type of Drive Is Best For My Needs: HDD, SSD, or Hybrid?  February 24, 2016 – 08:29 am

Which Type of Drive Is Best For My Needs: HDD, SSD, or Hybrid?Dear Lifehacker,
Solid-state drives (SSDs) are expensive and hard disk drives (HDDs) are slow. Now that you can buy a hybrid of the two, there are a lot of choices with varying costs. Which type of drive is my best bet for the money?

Which Type of Drive Is Best For My Needs: HDD, SSD, or Hybrid?Sincerely,
Diskcombobulated

Dear Diskcombobulated,
The best drive for your money is going to depend on your needs. You essentially have four options, and which one suits you best will depend on how much you're willing to spend, how much storage space you need, and how much you value speed. Let's go over these options and see which drives suit you best.

Which Type of Drive Is Best For My Needs: HDD, SSD, or Hybrid?Case #1: Cost Is Irrelevant, I Have Small Storage Needs, and Speed Is Paramount

If money doesn't matter and your storage needs aren't significant, an SSD is the way to go. We've frequently argued that it's the best upgrade you can make in terms of boosting the speed of your machine, and that hasn't been understated. Although SSDs are expensive, a 256GB drive will run you just a little more than per gigabyte and is a worthwhile investment.

Which Type of Drive Is Best For My Needs: HDD, SSD, or Hybrid?Case #4: Cost Is Irrelevant, I Have Large Storage Needs, and Speed Is Important

If you need a lot of storage, have plenty of money, and require a pretty high amount of speed, you need to get yourself an SSD and a hard drive. This is usually a pretty simple solution for people with desktop computers, as they can pick up a small SSD to hold their applications and system files while utilizing a much larger hard drive to hold everything else. Because system files don't necessarily take up a ton of space, you can easily survive on a tiny SSD if your other hard drive has enough space.

Laptop users will have a harder time, as most laptops only have a single hard drive bay, but if you don't need your optical drive there are ways to install an SSD in its place. Most laptop users will have to make this sacrifice to use both, but if the optical drive is important you may want to consider just supplementing your SSD with an external drive. My laptop has a 256GB SSD, and that's enough for pretty much everything I use on a regular basis, but I keep a 500GB USB 2.0 drive handy for editing video and handling other large files that don't need constant storage on my primary disk. A combination of the two types of drives works well, whether they're both internal or one drive stays outside of your machine.

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