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A solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) uses NAND, a type of flash memory named after the NAND logic gate, to hold some important data in solid state storage on a hard disk drive device. Rather than employing two different drives and complementing a solid state drive with a hard disk drive for a complex device, the solid state hybrid drive incorporates these two elements into a single drive.
By keeping items like new data and important program data in a special solid state reserve, engineers can deliver higher performance than with a standard hard disk drive. Many of these devices use Serial ATA to connect to a host computer drive. Makers like Seagate and Samsung claim that these newer types of drives can help to conserve energy in IT systems and improve comprehensive performance. Experts also point out that one of these hybrid drives can allow buyers to get some solid state capacity without investing in a lot of expensive solid state hardware. However, the correct triage for data storage can be an issue with these types of drives. The more complex design may lead to more problems in managing a high number of data rights to the solid state hybrid drive.