Besides much higher capacity than an SSD & SSD-like performance compared to standard HDD, even 10K rpm desktop HDD's can't match the speed?
They're also approximately 30% cheaper than an 80GB SSD!
It's quick & easy to image an old HDD to the new hybrid ... it's a cheap upgrade that greatly enhances performance for old PC's. It's a bastard of a time transferring an ancient 120GB HDD to an 80GB SSD, not to mention that SSD's are not properly supported by WinXP.
In addition, it's a decent speed upgrade for NEW laptops that commonly come bundled with 5400 rpm HDDs, or even 7200rpm standard HDD's.
An 80GB SSD is NOT enough room for a decent windows7 install with a few movies, MP3's, Photo albums & etc, A 250/320/500GB HDD or Hybrid drive is.
I've noticed the issue with the hybrid drives ... commonly when the PC has gone into sleep mode .. and a user wakes the system, the hybrid HDD takes an inordinate amount of time to spin up & the system freezes for upto 5 minutes.
I've observed the freezing problem on 3 different PC's with hybrid drives, but not PC's without hybrid drives.
I've just flashed my Hybrid HDD with the new firmware a few minutes ago .. so hopefully it makes a difference
The Windows based flasher did NOT work - it installs itself to your HDD, reboots the PC & launches instead of the default OS ... but failed to flash.
The Boot CD iso worked fine.