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Upgrades For Your Laptop: Seagate’s Thin SSHD

A Solid-State Hybrid drive combines the reliability of a mechanical drive with the responsiveness of a solid-state drive


In an effort to provide a low-cost alternative to the current batch of laptop SSDs, Seagate has introduced the Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD. The new drive is designed to be small enough to fit in most super-compact laptops, fast enough to exceed the access speeds of most conventional drives, and inexpensive enough to compete favorably against solid state drives.

What Is A SSHD?

The acronym SSHD stands for Solid State Hybrid Drive and include drives that attempt to combine the best features of Solid State Drives (SSD) and mechanical Hard Disk Drives (HDD). On the one hand, the HHD style provides massive amounts of accessible storage on single or double stacked platters with access speeds determined by the rotations per minute (RPM) value.

Opposite of the HDD, the SSD operates using NAND (Negated AND logic gate) Flash memory which offers superior access speeds while having a more limited size and self-life. The SSHD combines these two types of drive systems by including a small amount of NAND Flash memory with a large conventional HDD allowing for increased boot operation speeds and consistent and longer-life data storage.

Seagate's Laptop Thin SSHD

The Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD is the third generation of the company's SSHD offerings. The drive provides 8GB of NAND Flash memory and either 500GB or 1TB of conventional HDD storage that operates at 5400rpm within a conventional laptop drive specification while staying 7mm thick. The drive operates using Seagate's Adaptive Memory Technology (AMT) that "learns" the most accessed files on a system and pre-loads the files into the NAND Flash for decreased load times. The Manufacturer's Suggested Retail Price for the 500GB Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD is $79.00.

What Does This Mean For My Gaming Laptop?

The inclusion of the Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD into a gaming laptop that currently uses older HDD technology will see a substantial increase to load times and access speeds. In addition, Seagate's AMT system will recognize the most played games on a system and pre-load the most accessed files into the NAND Flash drive portion allowing for quick transitions in-game and reduce the chance of file corruption.

If your current gaming laptop's hard drive is failing or is noticeably slow during the operating system boot sequence, or if your favorite games feel slow during transitions and loading, or you still have the stock HDD without a lot of money to jump right into a new SSD, then the Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD is the right choice for you.

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