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Seagate 500GB Momentus XT 2.5" Hybrid SSD/HDD SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM - £78.99 delivered at Ebuyer
Seagate 500GB Momentus XT 2.5" Hybrid SSD/HDD SATAII 7200rpm 32MB  Cache - OEM - £78.99 delivered at Ebuyer

Seagate 500GB Momentus XT 2.5" Hybrid SSD/HDD SATAII 7200rpm 32MB Cache - OEM - £78.99 delivered at Ebuyer

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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.

Designed with high-performance core components on an innovative platform, the Momentus XT solid-state hybrid drive consists of a 7,200-RPM hard drive with 32MB of cache, 4GB of solid-state SLC NAND flash storage and Adaptive Memory technology.
Adaptive Memory technology intelligently monitors your frequently used applications and data files, then places them into the solid-state portion of the drive so that they can be recalled quickly.

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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

I have one on my Dell laptop, and been running for a month or so with Windows 7. I was happy to try it as the Momentus (non-XT) was the original drive and so was fairly confident regarding compatibility. Having said that I have heard of several "non-Dell" users getting issues. As regards "is it good" ... yep, seems so ... from "sleep" mode through "resume" to be able to actually use it takes about 20 seconds. From cold boot, probably about 40 seconds. Roughly halving my previous times.

Have a look thru this forums.seagate.com/t5/…tus before buying, hopefully most issues are now resolved.

You get nowhere near real SSD performance with this, and there have been a lot of issues like jonntdi mentions.

Maybe just about worth trying in a laptop, but in a desktop get a small boot SSD instead for a similar price.

jonntdi

from "sleep" mode through "resume" to be able to actually use it takes … from "sleep" mode through "resume" to be able to actually use it takes about 20 seconds.


Wow, that's really slow compared to an SSD. I put a cheap Kingston SSD in my 4 year old Dell laptop and now it resumes from sleep immediately: push the button and the password box is almost instantly up, then straight through to normal use.

Maybe you're resuming from hibernation? But even then, that's slow by comparison.

I think comparing this to a full "SSD" is not a real comparison. Write only caching for one thing. But more importantly is "horses for courses". IF you are happy with full SSD 64 Gig for the same price, then fine, but as a straight swap from "non-SSD" to some SSD and not having to fart around splitting up what is on your SSD vs your non-SSD drives, then for 80 quid seems pretty good when comparing to the non-SSD model (50 quid).

And you are correct :P from hibernating to using the prompt takes about 20 seconds (which is fast by comparison to the non-XT Momentus

Waste of time, get a Western Digital Black Scorpio 500GB drive instead for far less money.

Flyaway

Waste of time, get a Western Digital Black Scorpio 500GB drive instead … Waste of time, get a Western Digital Black Scorpio 500GB drive instead for far less money.



Installed one of these in my Macbook Pro, really great drive, have had no issues and its a lot faster than a standard 7200 Drive, but you need to be aware its only faster on the stuff it caches which is the stuff you use the most.

I see a speed increase on boot time, opening apps like Office, Mail, Safari, Itunes and Photoshop.

As someone pointed out, don't expect SSD performance becuase it isn't one.
Edited by: "Celticsun" 20th Jun 2011

For a little more you can buy an actual SSD drive (albeit with far less capacity), the performance difference between this and the best 7200 drives isn't that great, certainly not enough to justify the 50%~ higher price tag.

Good drive for what it is but not much of a bargain. It's been floating around at this price for the last few months.

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Celticsun

Installed one of these in my Macbook Pro, really great drive, have had no … Installed one of these in my Macbook Pro, really great drive, have had no issues and its a lot faster than a standard 7200 Drive, but you need to be aware its only faster on the stuff it caches which is the stuff you use the most.I see a speed increase on boot time, opening apps like Office, Mail, Safari, Itunes and Photoshop.As someone pointed out, don't expect SSD performance becuase it isn't one.



Is it very noisy when spinning?

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