“I need a new hard drive for my laptop, and just came across something called a hybrid hard drive. It sounds cool, but I’m not a techie. Can you explain how hybrid drives are different, and if the increased performance justifies the higher price tag?”

What Is A Hybrid Hard Drive?

A hybrid hard drive (HHD) – also called a hybrid hard disk drive or just “hybrid drive” – combines familiar magnetic media with RAM memory to achieve much faster read/write performance without increasing costs very much. Hybrid drives are an intermediate storage technology between standard electromechanical hard drives and pure solid-state drives. Here’s what you need to know…