Solid state hybrid drives (SSHDs) are a brilliant way to keep your data safe. They build on the existing features of both hard disk drives and solid state drives. Whilst hard disk drives offered relatively low amounts of storage for a low cost and solid state drives offered high amounts of storage for a high cost, these hybrid drives give us the best of both worlds. With a solid state hybrid drive, you can store plenty of data at a more affordable price.


How solid state hybrid drives work with your data

These hybrid drives store data in two ways. Firstly, they have a relatively small amount of flash storage. This usually amounts to 16 GB or 32 GB. The main storage that they offer is in the form of ‘hot data’ which you can access rapidly and frequently whenever you need to. This is to cater for the fact that many people need to access most of the data in their storage drives pretty much constantly, leaving a small part of their data that they want to keep safely stored without necessarily accessing it all of the time.

What is it like to use a solid state hybrid drive?

When you are actually using your computer, the SSHD feels practically the same as using a standard hard drive – only much faster. Boot times will tend to improve when you are using a solid state hybrid drive, as will your overall system performance. In addition, you can make the hybrid part of the storage drive (the part that contains the ‘hot data’) as large as your normal hard drive would be. As a result, you can have all of your data right at your fingertips, anytime that you need it.

The essentials of data recovery

It is so important to ensure that you can recover your data if something happens to your computer’s hard drive, solid state drive or hybrid drive. You can buy your own hard drive reader online or in a computer hardware store, or you can ask a professional to recover your data. If you have a SSHD, it is also possible to retrieve your data in the event of an accident. To find out more about the essentials of data recovery, simply head on over to