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hi.
I have a dell inspiron 3551 laptop.
I have attached its info.
I wanted to know will it be advisable to put the wd red nas drive in it?
if anything how much performance improvement will i get from my current 5400rpm hard drive.
also is the hdd ssd mixed drive worth to go for?
Tech Support Guy System Info Utility version 1.0.0.4
OS Version: Microsoft Windows 10 Pro Insider Preview, 64 bit
Processor: Intel(R) Pentium(R) CPU N3540 @ 2.16GHz, Intel64 Family 6 Model 55 Stepping 8
Processor Count: 4
RAM: 3978 Mb
Graphics Card: Intel(R) HD Graphics, -2042 Mb
Hard Drives: C: 145 GB (61 GB Free); D: 319 GB (271 GB Free);
Motherboard: Dell Inc., 0CMF7W
Antivirus: Windows Defender, Enabled and Updated
 

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I'd suggest (and have used) a WD Black HDD .... 7200 rpm & 5 yr warranty.
A little more speed and drain on the battery.
Or a SSD ...
The mixed scare me .... If one breaks why have to change both ???
 

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by mixed i meant hybrid drive the drive has 16 or 32gb ssd and the rest is hdd.
is it worth

I'd suggest (and have used) a WD Black HDD .... 7200 rpm & 5 yr warranty.
A little more speed and drain on the battery.
Or a SSD ...
The mixed scare me .... If one breaks why have to change both ???
 

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by mixed i meant hybrid drive the drive has 16 or 32gb ssd and the rest is hdd.
I know ... Do you really need all the extra space ... (more than 500 gig ??)
I doubt that 32gig is big enough for W7 or W10 OS (where the SSD speed is needed)
Samsung .... Western Digital

How do you intend to backup ???
I use Acronis imaging .... (Free with WD)
 
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What's the SSD ... TBW durability rating of the mixed drive you're looking at ???
 

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no.
500gb is enough for me.
i just want something that will improve my performance from my current 5400rpm hdd.
and how will i get the SSD ... TBW durability info?


What's the SSD ... TBW durability rating of the mixed drive you're looking at ???
 

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TBW is in the specs, if listed ... If not listed, Then it's probably not worth bragging about.

I'm using a newer Samsung and a Western Digital
A Samsung 250gb is in my Laptop ... and a mem card for extra data storage.

Samsung is probably the most popular around here at TSG.
 
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My Desktop(s) have a 250GB SSD for the OS and Western Digital (Black) series HDDs for data storage.
One Desktop is using a WD SSD the other is a new Samsung SSD
I've always been a Samsung SSD fan .. But I'm beginning to like the WD SSD
 

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Also .. I have made my own External Hard Drive ...
Using this Enclosure and a WD SSD.
It's Really Fast
 

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no that info is not listed in the specs.
but my real question is still unanswered.
i dont know is my laptop sata2 or sata3 so will going for a ssd really improve the performance or do i go with a 7200rpm hdd
Also .. I have made my own External Hard Drive ...
Using this Enclosure and a WD SSD.
It's Really Fast
 

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so will going for a ssd really improve the performance or do i go with a 7200rpm hdd
1: YES - YES .... The boot time and the time to load programs will be much faster (noticeably faster) And Laptop Battery life will be longer.
2: A little faster ... But the battery life will be shorter.
When I moved up to a 7200rpm, I really couldn't "feel" the difference.
3: It doesn't matter ... Sata3 is backwards compatible.

Go with the SSD .. You will "feel" the difference.
SSD capacity is going up, Cost is coming down, durability is going up ...
and Mixed drives are now obsolete.
I'm wondering how soon before HDDs become obsolete ?

Right now, It's a matter of cost/capacity
 
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thanks you solved my question.

1: YES - YES .... The boot time and the time to load programs will be much faster (noticeably faster) And Laptop Battery life will be longer.
2: A little faster ... But the battery life will be shorter.
When I moved up to a 7200rpm, I really couldn't "feel" the difference.
3: It doesn't matter ... Sata3 is backwards compatible.

Go with the SSD .. You will "feel" the difference.
SSD capacity is going up, Cost is coming down, durability is going up ...
and Mixed drives are now obsolete.
 
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