I’m actually a fan of the Seagate SSHD hybrids. They’re not as fast as a complete SSD, but the 8G makes caching pretty damn fast, and things load lightning fast compared to standard spinning metal.
The only thing I don’t like is that it records passthrough (not in the 8G NAND storage) as what could be considered errors in bad monitoring software.
1 Raw_Read_Error_Rate 0x000f 110 099 006 Pre-fail Always - 28895280 3 Spin_Up_Time 0x0003 098 098 000 Pre-fail Always - 0 4 Start_Stop_Count 0x0032 100 100 020 Old_age Always - 81 5 Reallocated_Sector_Ct 0x0033 100 100 010 Pre-fail Always - 0 7 Seek_Error_Rate 0x000f 074 060 030 Pre-fail Always - 28809359 9 Power_On_Hours 0x0032 094 094 000 Old_age Always - 5708
They’re about $20-$30 as factory-refurbs, and I’ve been running this one for a good portion of a year to try to cheaply extend the life of my not-dead-yet decade old laptop laptop for awhile.
E: Pretty much all of my personal production laptops have been on these for a year plus, except spinnydisk warm archives and burned cold archives. I consider them trustworthy since I’ve been rocking them since 2016ish.