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TOSHIBA 2.5" Internal Solid State Hybrid Drive - 1 TB with 8 GB Flash Memory @ Currys £59.99
TOSHIBA 2.5" Internal Solid State Hybrid Drive - 1 TB with 8 GB Flash Memory @ Currys £59.99

TOSHIBA 2.5" Internal Solid State Hybrid Drive - 1 TB with 8 GB Flash Memory @ Currys £59.99

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TOSHIBA 2.5" Internal Solid State Hybrid Drive - 1 TB with 8 GB Flash Memory

(500 GB version for £39.99)

Was £79.99, now £59.99

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Note - A solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) is a regular hard disk drive with a large, solid-state cache memory.

Interface: SATA III 6.0 Gbps
Speed: 5400 rpm
Flash memory: 8 GB
Cache: 32 MB

(PX3005E-1HJ0 = MQ01ABD100H)

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good price! £10 more on amazon, recommend anyone who clicks & collects this to check, I was in a rush and realised only after I left the store they gave me the standard Toshiba 1tb drive

They're only quicker in certain operations, otherwise no improvement over very slow hdd. Arctic cold for me ☺

gnowak84

They're only quicker in certain operations, otherwise no improvement over … They're only quicker in certain operations, otherwise no improvement over very slow hdd. Arctic cold for me ☺



I thought hybrids were faster as a replacement console hdd, for example?

Surely they write quicker than 80mbps? in every circumstance.

Would only get an SSHD if there was enough solid state memory to store the OS and my most used intensive programs. What are you meant to do with that 8GB or does it manage it itself?
This isn't a bad deal for what it is though so I'm sure some will benefit, not really in a position to judge until I know what the 8GB is meant for.

crumpo

I thought hybrids were faster as a replacement console hdd, for example?


Digital Foundry tested a bunch of drives in a PS4 a while back. The hybrid drive was an improvement over the stock drive, although not as fast as an SSD (as you'd expect).

eurogamer.net/art…ide

Their overall recommendation was to go with a hybrid drive, incidentally.
Edited by: "Aretak" 31st Dec 2015

I managed to get the 500gb version after I missed the ebuyer deal a few weeks back.

If you want a hybrid drive at least go for one with a 7200RPM hard drive - this is really going to be slow when you aren't using the small SSD part of the drive.

A hybrid hard drive contains both a traditional magnetic drive and the amount of solid-state storage you’d find in a small solid-state drive. Importantly, this hard drive appears as a single drive to your operating system. You’re not in charge of deciding which files go on the mechanical drive and which files go on the solid-state drive. Instead, the drive’s firmware manages what is and isn’t on the solid-state drive.

The SSD portion of the drive acts as a “cache” — files you access frequently, such as your operating system files and program files — are stored on the SSD portion of your drive by your firmware. Although this is a cache, it’s stored in non-volatile solid-state memory — that means it persists across reboots, so it speeds up your startup process.

The goal is to have the drive access system and program files with the speed of a solid-state dive, and provide the storage capacity of a magnetic drive for other files. The drive handles this on its own — you don’t have to shuffle files around or decide what goes where.

Ideal if you can manage to install the full OS into he 8GB flash partition (e.g.. Ubuntu distro or other linux derivatives), as booting up and running stuff should be pretty fast.

These are nothing new, I've been using a Seagate 500gb hybrid for a while now, can't say the speed is noticeable, however the Seagate drives have a 3 year gazza unlike the 1 year on this 'TOSH' Seagate £61.60 inc del 3yr warranty

Just noticed the Seagate is a 3.5" drive, if that bothers you, no good for laptop.
Edited by: "stealth666" 31st Dec 2015

wakaru

Ideal if you can manage to install the full OS into he 8GB flash … Ideal if you can manage to install the full OS into he 8GB flash partition (e.g.. Ubuntu distro or other linux derivatives), as booting up and running stuff should be pretty fast.



That isn't how these drives work.

I've got a Seagate one in my PS3, does help with game load times though not necessarily immediately as it only caches data that is more frequently accessed.

I popped one in the xbox one, loading times seemed to of halved, put the old drive back in to check, although I feel its more the drive than the hybrid ness, I can only assume it caches small files to save on seek times? No point caching 4gb of one file as big files are quicker than lots of different ones

For what its worth in a cheap usb caddy I was getting 85mb writes with this drive, in comparison the western digital blue drive from the xbox was getting 55/mbs

Have a feeling most speed increases are due to the shoddy stock performance, also so much quieter now

Where is the deal here?

MrPuddington

Where is the deal here?



Well, it's twenty quid cheaper than it was at Currys and is still a tenner cheaper than it is at Amazon. (_;)

They've put the wrong product code in their description. It reads PX3004E-1HE0, which is the 500 GB version. The 1 GB version is PX3005E-1HJ0.
They'd have lots of RMAs if it turns out to be the 500 GB model.

I have Toshiba's MQ01ABD100H, 1 TB SSHD with 8 GB NAND, specs are more or less the same as the one they're selling here. I've never heard of the PX3004E-1HE0 until now. From Toshiba's website they're found under, it looks like this one is aimed at the general consumer, which might indicate the MQ is under commercial/corporate customers. Hm...

I wonder if the random write performance is as good as the MQ01ABD100H.

wakaru

Ideal if you can manage to install the full OS into he 8GB flash … Ideal if you can manage to install the full OS into he 8GB flash partition (e.g.. Ubuntu distro or other linux derivatives), as booting up and running stuff should be pretty fast.



I've not read anyone doing such a thing, the design of these drives is for the flash memory to cache the HDD. Maybe it's possible what you suggest, perhaps someone has hacked one to work like that. Life is short so I don't actually care

Original Poster

I received the 1TB PX3005E-1HJ0 version OK. (_;)

anooobist

I received the 1TB PX3005E-1HJ0 version OK. (_;)


When you've installed it, could you run a CrystalMark benchmark and post the results here please? I'm interested in the random read and write performance.

go full SSD, you wont go back...

Cold. Old technology that frankly doesn't speed anything up. If you want fast get a SSD if you want storage get a 4tb drive. Don't get this.

Original Poster

Drive is identified as Toshiba MQ01ABD100H 1000.2 ...
http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k141/slipperystuff/CrystalInfo_zps43f2c5ce.png

... so see Toshiba 1TB SSHD (MQ01ABD100H) Review

http://i87.photobucket.com/albums/k141/slipperystuff/CrystalDiskMark_zps9f596383.png


Edited by: "anooobist" 1st Jan 2015

If you want fast get a SSD if you want storage get a 4tb drive


With a laptop with space for one drive, that's an either / or choice.
This gives a halfway house between those two options - not as fast as an SSD but faster than an HDD, not as large as a 4TB but larger than most SSDs, and a reasonable cost. And it suits non IT people who just install Windows, let the hybrid SSD optimise things and then get on with their lives.
The technology is mature, there are lots of benchmarks, so a good idea.

Don't think these are worth it unless you can only fit 2'5" drives as they only really help somewhat with repetitive actions.

Thanks anooobist. Ah, so it is the same as mine on the inside, but they've labelled it with a different model on the outside. I wonder if it's cheaper because of the warranty...
Can you (or someone) check how long the warranty period is (on the leaflet)? Does it say 1 year?

The MQ01ABD100H has 3 years warranty.

Original Poster

According to the leaflet, the warranty period is 'two (2) years' from date of purchase.

Thanks again anooobist. The benchmark on my MQ01ABD100H:
http://i58.tinypic.com/12172jc.jpg

Readings are similar, and perhaps differences are due to the motherboard and other variables.

I'd say it's fair with a 2 year warranty for that price.

Original Poster

Kei1, I'm jealous! All your figures are better than mine! oO

(Mine is installed as the boot drive (C: & D:) in an Asus U33JC I5 laptop.)

anooobist

Kei1, I'm jealous! All your figures are better than mine! oO(Mine is … Kei1, I'm jealous! All your figures are better than mine! oO(Mine is installed as the boot drive (C: & D:) in an Asus U33JC I5 laptop.)


Yeah go Asus! I love Asus. (I've an Asus X53E, and an Asus EeePC 1005HA)

The performance difference might be hardware bottleneck because I built my own desktop with an Asus Z87M-PLUS motherboard, i5 4670K, 16 GB DDR3, two SSDs (OS installed on a Samsung 840 EVO) and one SSHD (the Toshiba).

But with your 4K figures, they're still better than that on HDDs or SSHDs by Seagate.

Edit: also I'm running Windows 8.1, which Microsoft says is more "SSD friendly".
Edited by: "Kei1" 4th Jan 2015
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