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I recently built my PC and only got a 500gb m.2 evo, so I'm looking at buying extra storage. On my m.2 now i have all my games / programs, but I want to put my multiplayer only games / OS / programs on the m.2 and put all single player / music / photos on the second / third storage.

Is the SSHD barracuda any good / would you recommend? I was looking at get two 2TB ones. How much slower is the SSHD compared to a SSD? I just want to drive to be the second best thing after a m.2 / SSD. There any fast hdd you would recommend?
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  1. Kiaeneto said:
    I recently built my PC and only got a 500gb m.2 evo, so I'm looking at buying extra storage. On my m.2 now i have all my games / programs, but I want to put my multiplayer only games / OS / programs on the m.2 and put all single player / music / photos on the second / third storage.

    Is the SSHD barracuda any good / would you recommend? I was looking at get two 2TB ones. How much slower is the SSHD compared to a SSD? I just want to drive to be the second best thing after a m.2 / SSD. There any fast hdd you would recommend?


    An SSHD is, as the name suggests, a hybrid between a full SSD and a traditional HDD.
    There is a small SSD portion, generally 8GB, and then the regular 1 or 2TB spinning platter.

    Basically, the 8GB is just a really large cache for the regular drive.

    The drive firmware learns what sectors are most often used, and those end up on the 8GB SSD portion.
    If you routinely access different things on that drive, the SSD will not know about them, and it just reads off the HDD portion anyway. At regular HDD speed.

    A new music track that you're listening to will just read of the HDD. Listen to that twice, and it may end up in the SSD portion. Until something else flushes it out.

    Unless there is little price difference, a regular HDD is fine for a secondary drive.
    Obviously a full SSD is faster across the whole drive. But much more expensive for the same space.
  2. As USAFret has stated unless you are doing anything with the files and programs on the secondary drive that would benefit greatly from better read/write times just go with a 7200rpm HDD and save money while getting more storage. a 2TB drive will be all you need for a long time.
  3. alright, i ask about the SSHD cause its only 99$ for 2tb. will any hdd at 7200 be fine? i see WD have blue black red etc. I get lost with all that.
  4. Kiaeneto said:
    alright, i ask about the SSHD cause its only 99$ for 2tb. will any hdd at 7200 be fine? i see WD have blue black red etc. I get lost with all that.


    Yes, pretty much any 7200 RPM HDD will be OK.

    SSHDs are going cheap, because they want to unload them on the market.
    Real SSD's are slowly catching up in price.
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    Kiaeneto said:
    alright, i ask about the SSHD cause its only 99$ for 2tb. will any hdd at 7200 be fine? i see WD have blue black red etc. I get lost with all that.


    Western Digital Blue is the cheapest most common. Red is NAS grade and has a longer life span before degradation and Black is the best of the best in terms of life cycle, NAS RAID performance etc. etc.

    I recommend Seagate Barracuda. For secondary mass storage. This is the version that's good. the previous models of the barracuda are not that great.

    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/KyCwrH/seagate-internal-hard-drive-st2000dm001

    or you can go with this WD RE4 drive

    https://pcpartpicker.com/product/MjMFf7/western-digital-internal-hard-drive-wd2003fyys
  6. Yeah, Western Digital has lots of pretty colors.... Black, Blue, Green, Purple, Red... etc.

    If you are looking for pure performance, then black is the way to go.
  7. USAFRet said:

    SSHDs are going cheap, because they want to unload them on the market.
    Real SSD's are slowly catching up in price.



    I'm waiting for inexpensive "consumer level" 4TB SSDs to hit the market. :pt1cable: :pt1cable:

    The least expensive 2TB SATA SSDs I have seen is about $550.
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