Now I'm going to buy me a new Laptop. So this Computer uses a 500 GB 7200rpm SATA Hybrid Hard Drive with 4 GB SSD, so my question is:
Is it possible to just use the SSD for /boot? Does it reduce the booting time significantly?
Thx for Answers!!
Hybrid Drives using conventinal platters combinded with a (small) SSD have the advantage of using the SSD as a rather large non-volatile and fast cache for improving data transfer rates. Access to this SSD part is done entirely by the hard-disk's firmware.
Neverthelesss there is some benefit as compared to a conventional drive. All disk access can be cached by the SSD. Other than a combination of a convential hard drive together with a separate SSD you will (in theory) then also have a better access to data that would not be stored on the SSD.