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Toshiba 500GB Solid State Hybrid Drive SSHD £37.98 @ ebuyer

£37.98 @ Ebuyer
Ebuyer daily deal. Can go through Topcashback for 1.51% off. Every penny helps with that bargain feeling. •2.5-inch HDD + NAND •Up to 500GB capacity •High performance with 8GB NAND flash •Enh… Read More
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Can go through Topcashback for 1.51% off. Every penny helps with that bargain feeling.

•2.5-inch HDD + NAND
•Up to 500GB capacity
•High performance with 8GB NAND flash
•Enhanced self-learning caching algorithm

Toshiba 500GB Solid State Hybrid Drive
Product info:
Toshiba's 2.5-inch (6.4 cm) solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) combine SSD-like performance with large HDD capacities. The 7.0mm MQ01ABFxxxH series provides 500GB storage capacity.
The drives squeeze 8GB of NAND storage in a lightweight design which makes them ideal for high-performance and ultra-thin notebooks, as well as slim line and gaming PCs. Media transfer rates reach 1288MBps while noise levels stay exceptionally low maximum seek noise is just 21dB.
All Toshiba SSHDs utilize self-learning algorithms that enable the drive to identify the user's access patterns, allowing frequently used data to be stored in the NAND cache making it quickly accessible to the host. Likewise, data that is used less often is moved from the NAND flash to the HDD for long term storage. This self-learning mechanism continues to develop throughout the lifespan of the drive, constantly improving the performance.
Toshiba is the only storage vendor that designs and develops both HDD and NAND flash technology, the core components of hybrid drive technology ensuring the highest quality and innovation.

Features:
Formatted capacity - 500 GByte
Form factor - 2.5 inch
Interface type Serial - ATA
Supported interface standards - ATA-8 - Serial ATA 3.0

Physical parameters:
Number of platters - 1

Access times:
Average seek time 12 ms

Transfer rates:
SATA (Host) max. 6.0 Gbit/s

Rotational speed:
Rotational speed 5,400 rpm
Buffer memory/NAND Flash
Buffer size 32 MiB
NAND Flash size 8 GByte

Power supply:
Supply voltage +5 V (+/- 5 %)

Mechanical specifications:
Drive width - 69.85 mm
Drive height - 7 mm
Drive depth - 100 mm
Drive weight - 0.090 kg

Shock
Operating (Maximum) - 400 G, with 2 ms half sine wave
Non-operating (Maximum) - 900 G, with 1 ms half sine wave

Acoustic noise
Idle mode (Disk spinning) - Max. 19 dB
Random seek - Max. 21 dB
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For sub £40, you could buy this, or a 1TB HDD or a 128GB SSD - check HUKD for recent offers.

A hybrid drive makes sense if you have a laptop with one drive bay, want performance AND capacity and can't afford £290 for a 1TB SSD which would give you both. Just be aware of a few restrictions:
- the caching algorithm learns what data to keep in the SSD part, so the first and second times you read stuff won't be very quick,
- if you write several GB to the hard drive (e.g. a torrent or rip), you'll flush the cache, so it'll be slow again until it learns
- small write speed depends on whether it has write caching and I don't think this model does. - anyone?
- large writes e.g. Windows installs go at HDD speed.
- you'll see the most benefit with a repeated mainly read activity e.g. boot Windows, play Games, repeat.

This is a 7mm thick SSD. Some laptops have 9mm/9.5mm high drive bays, so you would need a spacer. Anyone know if this is included?

Good price for this model and its reviews on ebuyer are generally positive. Voted Hot

Also worth a look are latest generation Seagate SSHDs which are a bit more expensive and have write caching so will write faster (but still only 8MB cache and 5400rpm platters) e.g. ST1000LM014 gives 1TB at £60 (Dabs) or £65 (Amazon). 1TB SSHDs are often 9mm/9.5mm thick. The latest gen. Seagates are more reliable than the first gen. models.



Edited By: Hootwo on Dec 09, 2014 15:25

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#1
if rotational speed is 7,200 rpm...i would of bought it.
1 Like #2
RedDemonic
if rotational speed is 7,200 rpm...i would of bought it.

7200RPM laptop SSHD's are becoming rarer nowadays.
#3
Just put one of these in my MAC book.
Boots up really quick performance is excellent.
#4
Would you guys recommend for a HTPC?
1 Like #5
chantelle310
Would you guys recommend for a HTPC?
sure but would i would suggest you get a SSD instead of this if your not storing the media on the HTPC but instead on a NAS/MicroServer
#6
Not sure I'd pay half that for a Toshiba, to be honest :|
1 Like #7
atomicphreak
Not sure I'd pay half that for a Toshiba, to be honest :|

Do you care to explain? I have a few Toshiba (mechanical) drives and they never gave me any trouble.
#8
Can I use this in a PVR - my foxsat is getting very slow.
#9
Scotta965
chantelle310
Would you guys recommend for a HTPC?
sure but would i would suggest you get a SSD instead of this if your not storing the media on the HTPC but instead on a NAS/MicroServer

A NAS would be coming into the setup at some point but probably a few months down the line from now at least. My main want for this is to store all my music on more than anything..
#10
Would I need an OS for this?
#11
[quote=ukwestspeed]Can I use this in a PVR - my foxsat is getting very slow.[/quote
you can I believe but you would not get the performance you would get from a PC or laptop, wasted as surely will work as a normal drive.
To speed up yours, just fully format in a pc and you will see the difference, do not forget FULLY FORMAT and not QUICK FORMAT.
Fully format will pristine it to the original specifications. Do not worry about the time it takes and as a an indication, a 1 terabyte does usually take more than 3h to fully format, so half the time if a 500gb and so on.
#12
atomicphreak
Not sure I'd pay half that for a Toshiba, to be honest :|

Please explain

I have used toshiba hdds for 3 years in my NAS without a single issue
#13
ryan7
Would I need an OS for this?

It's self learning, so no, but you should install your Operating System on this drive. It would be pointless to just use it for data storage
#14
atomicphreak
Not sure I'd pay half that for a Toshiba, to be honest :|
Not been impressed with ANY of my Toshiba purchases over last 20 years
#15
I've got an Asus ux32a zen book. Has onboard 24g ssd and 500g hd would this fit and would it be an advantage. Was considering a 256g ssd
#16
I bought one of these last year for my laptop, and after a few reboots, its quick enough for me, and faster than a normal spinning disc.
#17
For the record I went for this instead of an SSD for 2 reasons gb per $ and no native trim support in Yosemite for anything but official Apple SSD's. I am not going to play with Kexts and bodges that may crash my mac.

now thinking of putting 2 of these RAID'd striped in my mac mini.

I cant stress enough how impressed I am with these. No issues at all, exceeded expectations.
I had previously tried ( 3 or 4 years ago ) the first gen Momentus XT which I had loads of issues with and had hesitated for a few months before trying.

Glad I did try now.

Can't recommend these enough especially at this price . I paid a lot more in PC WORLD.
#18
I bought one of these last year for my laptop, and after a few reboots it is quick enough for me. It's also a bit quicker than the normal spinning disc.
#19
can i use this for me HP Pavilion DV 5000 eu laptop ?
1 Like #20
neroneuk
[quote=ukwestspeed]Can I use this in a PVR - my foxsat is getting very slow.[/quote
you can I believe but you would not get the performance you would get from a PC or laptop, wasted as surely will work as a normal drive.
To speed up yours, just fully format in a pc and you will see the difference, do not forget FULLY FORMAT and not QUICK FORMAT.
Fully format will pristine it to the original specifications. Do not worry about the time it takes and as a an indication, a 1 terabyte does usually take more than 3h to fully format, so half the time if a 500gb and so on.

Why do you need to go with full format? It may be unnecessary unless you're trying to ensure previous data is near unrecoverable. What do you mean by 'pristine it to original specifications' ? The speed and space available would still be the same after format if you chose a quick or full format. Curious.
#21
Going to try one of these in my MacBook Pro
#22
Hmmm interesting !! may have to purchase one !!!
1 Like #23
Have tried a few different hybrid hard-disks (SSHDs) and they have been really disappointing, much closer to a mechanical drive than to an SSD that the manufacturers would have you believe. Unless you are really strapped for cash or don't need the speed of an SSD (then why would you not get a pure mechanical drive), you are far better off getting a pure SSD, you'll thank yourself in the long-term - it is more money but the efficiency gains I would say, outweigh the costs, of course your mileage may vary.
13 Likes #24
For sub £40, you could buy this, or a 1TB HDD or a 128GB SSD - check HUKD for recent offers.

A hybrid drive makes sense if you have a laptop with one drive bay, want performance AND capacity and can't afford £290 for a 1TB SSD which would give you both. Just be aware of a few restrictions:
- the caching algorithm learns what data to keep in the SSD part, so the first and second times you read stuff won't be very quick,
- if you write several GB to the hard drive (e.g. a torrent or rip), you'll flush the cache, so it'll be slow again until it learns
- small write speed depends on whether it has write caching and I don't think this model does. - anyone?
- large writes e.g. Windows installs go at HDD speed.
- you'll see the most benefit with a repeated mainly read activity e.g. boot Windows, play Games, repeat.

This is a 7mm thick SSD. Some laptops have 9mm/9.5mm high drive bays, so you would need a spacer. Anyone know if this is included?

Good price for this model and its reviews on ebuyer are generally positive. Voted Hot

Also worth a look are latest generation Seagate SSHDs which are a bit more expensive and have write caching so will write faster (but still only 8MB cache and 5400rpm platters) e.g. ST1000LM014 gives 1TB at £60 (Dabs) or £65 (Amazon). 1TB SSHDs are often 9mm/9.5mm thick. The latest gen. Seagates are more reliable than the first gen. models.



Edited By: Hootwo on Dec 09, 2014 15:25
#25
would it work in ? APPLE MACBOOK 13" Core 2 Duo 2.26 GHZ A1342 LATE 2009
#26
You would get the benfit of thiz even in Pvr as all intelligence is "in the drive ".
8gb of cache surely ?
#27
GwanGy
You would get the benfit of thiz even in Pvr as all intelligence is "in the drive ".
8gb of cache surely ?

How? A PVR is almost all sequential reads/writes - this is the one place you really wouldn't see a benefit and really do want a slow-spinning mechanical drive I would say.
#28
A PVR is almost all sequential reads/writes - this is the one place you really wouldn't see a benefit and really do want a slow-spinning mechanical drive I would say
Agree, and PVRs are usually hostile places for HDDS, hot and vulnerable to kids moving them while in operation, so for the small price premium, look at a WD Purple drive - max temp 65C WD site
1 Like #29
PhilK
atomicphreak
Not sure I'd pay half that for a Toshiba, to be honest :|
Not been impressed with ANY of my Toshiba purchases over last 20 years
Toshiba have upped their game. They bought Fujitsu's drive business in 2009 and got Hitachi's from WD in 2012.
#30
Hi guys - a noob question.

I've only ever had mechanical hard drives and never had an SSD before. Is this an SSD or a Hard-Drive? How can it be both?


Background - My Laptop had a 500gb hard - drive that is making a noise and is likely on its way out so I'm looking for a replacement/upgrade. This comes is as not much more than a hard drive of equal size.
1 Like #31
msharif911
Hi guys - a noob question.

I've only ever had mechanical hard drives and never had an SSD before. Is this an SSD or a Hard-Drive? How can it be both?


Background - My Laptop had a 500gb hard - drive that is making a noise and is likely on its way out so I'm looking for a replacement/upgrade. This comes is as not much more than a hard drive of equal size.
never used but definitely a lot better and I believe it can be as fast as a proper ssd for access time, It does use the main hard drive for storage and these 8gb nand storage for purely cache only. the first time you use something would always be slower, after that will speed up because it will be cached after that. Same principle as these intelchipset motherboards where you can use a small size ssd for cache and a much bigger size HHD, I used it and can say that access time was really fast. Sequential read-write will obviously be the same as any normal HHD. I definetely would not hesitate to buy one if I was in need. Obviously all the problem that do come with the HHD will be the same as usual like defragmenting etc...
Sorry about my English but looks understandable I hope.
1 Like #32
msharif911
Hi guys - a noob question.

I've only ever had mechanical hard drives and never had an SSD before. Is this an SSD or a Hard-Drive? How can it be both?


Background - My Laptop had a 500gb hard - drive that is making a noise and is likely on its way out so I'm looking for a replacement/upgrade. This comes is as not much more than a hard drive of equal size.

it will be better than a HDD but worse than an SSD. If you dont need all that storage on your laptop, just get a 128 SSD when its on offer, or 250 if you want to push the boat out.

If all youre doing is loading it up with photos or videos etc, just buy an external HDD. You could even use your current dying one in an enclosure for ~£5, as an extra 500 GB til it dies
#33
I've used SSHD disks for a while now. Boot times are much improved because the regularly accessed files end up on the SSD part of the disk, but not much else improves. It doesn't help data loads very much at all. I've been disappointed with mine.
#34
i went for a hybrid once...wasnt impressed, swapped for a proper ssd and i can say there is simply no comparison, buy an ssd!
1 Like #35
Better than a regular HD :)
banned#36
ukwestspeed
Can I use this in a PVR - my foxsat is getting very slow.


Not recommended, it would not make any difference.
#37
neroneuk
[ Same principle as these intelchipset motherboards where you can use a small size ssd for cache and a much bigger size HHD, I used it and can say that access time was really fast. Sequential read-write will obviously be the same as any normal HHD. I definitely would not hesitate to buy one if I was in need. Obviously all the problem that do come with the HHD will be the same as usual like defragmenting etc...
Sorry about my English but looks understandable I hope.

My Desktop has that with a 32GB M-sata drive and a 2TB HDD ended up taking a couple months after getting the machine to even bother getting a proper SSD for it as I wanted a 512GB one but it took me ages to get around to sorting it.

I was actually surprised at how well it worked, I've left the M-Sata drive and the HDD in but now my main boot drive is a 512GB MX100.

Personally 8GB seems a bit stingy on these, but as others have said if you can't get a big enough SSD at a reasonable price but want something a bit faster than an standard HDD then these hybrid drives aren't a bad compromise.
#38
dragon2611
neroneuk
[ Same principle as these intelchipset motherboards where you can use a small size ssd for cache and a much bigger size HHD, I used it and can say that access time was really fast. Sequential read-write will obviously be the same as any normal HHD. I definitely would not hesitate to buy one if I was in need. Obviously all the problem that do come with the HHD will be the same as usual like defragmenting etc...
Sorry about my English but looks understandable I hope.

My Desktop has that with a 32GB M-sata drive and a 2TB HDD ended up taking a couple months after getting the machine to even bother getting a proper SSD for it as I wanted a 512GB one but it took me ages to get around to sorting it.

I was actually surprised at how well it worked, I've left the M-Sata drive and the HDD in but now my main boot drive is a 512GB MX100.

Personally 8GB seems a bit stingy on these, but as others have said if you can't get a big enough SSD at a reasonable price but want something a bit faster than an standard HDD then these hybrid drives aren't a bad compromise.

do you (or anyone else) know how this works with laptops?

been looking at a toshiba satellite (u940) and it has a 32GB mSATA SSD in it, which is just used as a cache. Chances are I'd swap the HDD for another SSD, so it would be nice to be able to acces the extra 32GB storage, but cant work out if that would be possible!


Edited By: soRahms on Dec 10, 2014 01:36
1 Like #39
Mental seeing people in this thread buying this for Macbook Pros. You have premium laptops. Why bog them down with a budget device like this?
#40
jakeby
PhilK
atomicphreak
Not sure I'd pay half that for a Toshiba, to be honest :|
Not been impressed with ANY of my Toshiba purchases over last 20 years
Toshiba have upped their game. They bought Fujitsu's drive business in 2009 and got Hitachi's from WD in 2012.
Certainly hasn't filtered through to the usb thumb drives !

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