hybrid drives

Why can't I reinstall Windows 10?

Windows 10

Episode 1497

Marshall from Des Moines, IA

Marshall has a friend who needs to reinstall Windows 10. Leo says to download the Microsoft Media Installer and install it on a thumb drive. That will then enable him to install the OS from USB. Marshall says he's having trouble because it can't see his hard drive. Leo says that it sounds like it's a hybrid drive and Marshall may need to update his drivers in order to install. Leo says that Intel's 32GB SSDs were hybrid drives paired with a spinning hard drive. It's not a good solution at all. The OS is going to see two drives instead of one and when he goes to install, it may have issues.

Are hybrid drives a good choice for a gaming system?

Sony Playstation 4

Episode 1115

Sam from San Bernardino, CA

Hybrid drives combine both Solid State Drives and Hard Disk Drives. Since SSDs cost more per gigabyte, it's expensive to buy an SSD big enough to hold everything. So the idea behind hybrid drives is that it would combine the speed benefit of SSD with the capacity benefits of the traditional, spinning drive. It puts both drives in one enclosure and uses smart software to determine what data should go on the SSD and what should go on the hard drive.

Why can't I format the hybrid drive in my Mac?

Episode 1061

Conrad from Los Angeles, CA

Conrad has a Mac and he's having trouble with his hybrid hard drive. He's tried formatting and partitioning it using Disk Utility and he gets an "can't allocate memory" error. Leo says it sounds like a bad hybrid drive. The fact that it's a hybrid drive shouldn't matter because the hybrid part is handled internally by the drive circuitry. It should appear as a single drive to Mac OS X.

Should I get a hybrid drive?

Episode 1033

Scott from Arizona

Scott wants to upgrade to a Solid State drive but wonders about the hybrid drive. Leo says that Hybrid drives are basically supposed to be the best of both worlds, with the faster speed of an SSD and the storage capacity of the HDD. In reality, they don't work as well as the solid state drives Leo prefers. In fact, benchmarks show that they're very disappointing. Leo suggests getting an SSD for his programs, and an external spinning drive for data storage.