By Cherry / Last Updated August 10, 2022

SSHD VS. SSD

In recent years, the solid-state drive (SSD) have nearly replace the HDD as the default storage device in laptops. Now, a new solid-state hybrid drive (SSHD) has emerged, which combines the best of SSD and HDD. So, what’s the difference of SSHD and SSD and which one is better?

SSD uses the NAND memory. The SSHD contains both a regular hard disk and NAND memory (generally 8GB) that serves as a big cache buffer. SSHD can be up to 14 TB and an 8GB SSD cache, whereas SSDs are usually capped at 2 TB. Besides,the SSHD appears as a single drive to operating system, and a controller chip decides which data is stored on the solid state storage and what’s left on the hard disk drive.Namely, you do most need any other software or configuration because it works without your decision about where to store files and programs.

The SSD portion of the SSHD is likely a “cache”, the files that you access frequently, for example, the operating system and the applications are stored on the SSD portion of the SSHD by firmware, which can increase the speed of startup progress.

Why migrate OS to hybrid SSHD?

Hybrid drives, as a storage device with both hard drive and a small amount of solid state storage about 8 GB, will be cheaper than an SSD. Like a 2 TB hybrid SSHD with 8 GB of solid state storage built in will be more expensive than s simple 2 TB HDD, but it is cheaper than a 256 GB SSD with even less storage space. Speaking of this point, you can use a lower price to get a SSD speed and more storage place.

What’s more, a hybrid SSHD has a big advantage for laptop users. Hybrid SSHD as a single physical drive, it can be used for laptop with a single drive bay so that you can get both SSD speeds and HDD storage capacity. Thus, buying a hybrid SSHD is cost effective. If you want to use an SSHD instead of an SSD without changing the operating system, you can migrate OS to hybrid SSHD, which save a lot of time in installing OS and applications.

Software: migrate 11/10/8/7 OS to hybrid SSHD

The hybrid SSHD can store the operating system on its SSD by firmware. So, the question is how to migrate your OS to solid state hybrid drive? Users may know it isn’t a simple thing, fortunately, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional allows you to migrate OS to the SSD portion of hybrid SSHD. A few steps can make it done.

Note: Make sure there is enough unallocated space on the SSHD to hold the OS-related partitions on the source disk.

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Step 1. First, plug in the hybrid SSHD into your PC. Download the demo version, install and launch it. Click “Migrate OS to SSD” at the left pane to launch this wizard.

Migrate OS to SSD

Step 2. It will remind you that this wizard will help you migrate your current OS to solid state drive. Click "Next".

Select Disk Space

Step 3. You can resize the partition here and give it a drive letter at the drop-down menu. Click "Next" to go on.

Resize Partition

Step 4. This page will tell you how to boot computer from SSD portion of hybrid SSHD. Read it, then, click "Finish" to back to the main interface.

Note

Step 5. Click "Apply" at the toolbar to execute the operations.

Apply

Thus, you have finished the job “Migrate OS to hybrid SSHD”, and you can run the computer from SSHD’s SSD with a faster speed, and have a large storage space to store other files with lower price. Using hybrid SSHD could be cost-effective than a HHD or an SSD.

Summary

So, AOMEI Partition Assistant Professional offers an easy way to migrate Windows 11, 10, 8, 7 operating system from HDD, SSD to SSHD rather than performing a clean installation. Besides, this software also allows you to resize partition, move partition, delete partition, merge partitions, clone partition, clone hard disk, etc. Meanwhile, to improve the performance of our PC, besides OS to SSD/SSHD migration, you can also schedule defrag your hard disk. If you want to migrate Windows Server OS to SSHD, you can use the AOMEI Partition Assistant Server edition.