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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 8:52 am 
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I saw a quality Laptop advertised that used a SSD and either 1 or 2 HDD's

A couple of questions regarding that kind of set-up:

1) I think I understand the most common pro's & con's between the two types of drives, but why would they put both types in the same laptop?

2) Ok I understand that SSD cost $$$ but is it really worth the effort and expense doing that?

3) Having the 2 types of drives on the same laptop how would one partition an arrangement like that?

4) What would you put on the SSD and what would you put on the HDD?

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PostPosted: Sat Feb 08, 2014 12:04 pm 
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1) I think I understand the most common pro's & con's between the two types of drives, but why would they put both types in the same laptop?
Speed....
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2) Ok I understand that SSD cost $$$ but is it really worth the effort and expense doing that?
Yes, as SSD prices have dropped...
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3) Having the 2 types of drives on the same laptop how would one partition an arrangement like that?

4) What would you put on the SSD and what would you put on the HDD?
This needs answering together.. SSD 1 partition for the operating system. HDD depending on size (but I would still do this) 1 partition for storage.

Running an operating system of a SSD can improve performance, most notably on the high end side of things.

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I've worked with some hp laptops with ssd boot drives, and they restart at a blistering pace. I think they have intel ssd's of about 256 gigs, and a 1tb data storage hdd in the next compartment.
it is really amazing how fast they get thru a boot cycle.

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we've got SSD lappys now at work, and let me tell you they're awesome for business use.

they boot much faster.
they save a ton of battery(ever have a day where you never see your desk due to meetings?)
they "wake up" basically instantly ready to roll.
large email files don't cramp your machine.
working with office documents(large excel, large word, PPTs...) all open much faster and operate much smoother.

our old ones with 5400rpm drives were just awful in comparison. maybe 2 hours of battery life under use, super sluggish wake up, stuttering with office-related tasks which use lots of disk...

our assets have fully encrypted drives, which really impacted standard old drives - not so much with the SSDs.

if you ever get a laptop...get an SSD. they should be standard equipment at this point IMO. if you need more storage, get a big ol' jump drive(big in storage size, but those little tiny guys in physical size).

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