Seagate 500GB Momentus XT 2.5" Hybrid SSD/HDD SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM - £90.98 at Ebuyer (includes next day delivery) - HotUKDeals
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Key Specifications

* 500GB, 320GB and 250GB hard drive capacity options
* 4GB SLC NAND solid-state memory
* 7,200-RPM spindle speed
* 32MB of drive-level cache
* SATA 3-Gb/s interface with Native Command Queuing

Best-fit Applications

* High-end laptops and workstations
* High-performance gamer laptops
* Fast external enclosures: USB 3.0, eSATA
* Small form factor PCs


The Seagate® Momentus® XT drive is a solid-state hybrid with Adaptive Memory™ technology, enabling the drive to deliver SSD-like performance along with higher capacity. The Momentus XT drive is designed for all standard laptop PCs and is OS-, driver- and software-independent, making this drive easy to integrate and easy to use. Adaptive Memory technology enables the drive to tailor performance to the user. Whether you are gaming, editing digital media or crunching numbers, performance is optimised and ready for your next move.
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#1
Be sure to update to the latest firmware SD24 just recently released or you'll have a whole lotta fun with this drive !
#2
whats so special about this drive?
1 Like #3
yus786
whats so special about this drive?

Faster than a regular Hard Drive, not as fast as a SSD, but much cheaper per GB.
#4
#5
yus786
whats so special about this drive?
It's a 500GB laptop sized drive with a 4GB SSD built-in. It stores your most frequently used files in the 4GB SSD which makes most things that you do with the drive much faster.

So it makes a great upgrade for a laptop.
#6
Here's Seagates video of a test between 4 PC's. One with a 7200rpm drive, one with a 10,000rpm drive, one with their XT drive and on with a SSD drive, LINK.
1 Like #7
Yeah problem with that test is Seagate performed it. :p

It's like measuring your own wang.
#8
alasrati
Yeah problem with that test is Seagate performed it. :p

It's like measuring your own wang.
Leave my wang out of it, I'm quite happy with my 32in monster!! (_;) I always get mixed up with mm and inches.
#9
Been thinking about getting one of these for my macbook pro for a while, they've been around this price for as long as I've been looking, I reckon they'll probably fall in price soon.
1 Like #10
cheaper at scan and dabs
#11
Does anyone know when larger capacity ones will be out?
#12
Thanks OP, I didn't know about this hybrid drives... and the one I have on my computer is quite slow. I hope they start selling 3.5' drives like this (hopefully faster and thermally more efficient)
#13
eldaras
Thanks OP, I didn't know about this hybrid drives... and the one I have on my computer is quite slow. I hope they start selling 3.5' drives like this (hopefully faster and thermally more efficient)
surely if you have a spare bay you can just use a 'real' ssd as well as a mechanical drive for way better performance and total capacity for similar money with more flexibility?
though i am guessing you dont have a spare if you are commenting on speed and heat.
#14
The Seagate Momentus XT only scores 5.9 in the Windows 7 Experience Index. Personally I would go for a full blown SSD like OCZ Vertex II 60GB which scores 7.7 in WEI, and is faster than the Momentus XT in everything it does, booting, loading programs, loading games, etc. A 60GB sized SSD is fine for Windows 7 plus all updates, plus your essential programs, plus a couple of games. With the Momentus XT you gain in capacity but loose in speed, so it's down to your personal priorities.
#15
I wouldn't base any decisions on WEI as it's not really reliable, especially with this drive.

This is very specific drive. Only 2nd/3rd time you load the same data it will start using the SSD portion of the drive, it makes testing much different than any other HDD/SSD.

I'm thinking about pairing it with Vertex 2 SSD.
60GB SSD = OS
Momentus XT = other data, especially games

This way you're getting instant access to your OS/apps and hugely improved performance when gaming. Load times are really good even on first run and improve further on consecutive runs. Games most of the time use the same set of data over and over again which is ideal for Hybrid SSD.
#16
I've got an optibay in my MacBook Pro so I can run two hard drives, I have a 80gb SSD for the boot drive and want to buy a larger disk for the 2nd hard drive.

Would there be any advantage of using this drive over a normal HD as a non boot drive?
#17
No, if you boot off your SSD and mainly use the sata drive for storage, A scorpio black would be better as it is faster in general, the only reason the XT is faster is because the most commonly used files are are stored on the 4GB SSD partition, which will be made redundant due to your SSD.

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