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The Seagate Momentus XT is an excellent notebook hard drive and under the right circumstances surpasses drives well out of its class. The 4GB of cache helps to significantly improve the access of common read/write patterns that a user might see in their daily routine. At its worst it still offers a significant boost in performance over its older 7200.4 brother, but at its best it outperforms even the 10,000RPM Western Digital Velociraptor desktop hard drive.
For the user who might load the same programs multiple times a day this drive might be a better choice than a low-capacity SSD. At $155 for a 500GB Momentus XT it is priced under even the 80GB Intel X25-M SSD which currently sells for about $200. Power users might still want to consider other options in their workhorse machines however, if speed is worthwhile at all costs and capacity is less of a concern.
Overall the Seagate Momentus XT makes the most sense for a anyone who just wants a noticeable increase in notebook performance, while still getting capacity without a huge jump in price. For its intended market this drive is very hard to pass up, especially considering the highest capacity model only costs $155 retail.
yes- we know, its a "Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive" as was made very clear
at least is more than newegg says: "...Solid State Hybrid Drive"
This is a unique type of hybrid drive that performs very well. Its in a class by itself and $105 is a very good price for the performance/capacity
if you knew more about it I dont think you would be knocking it
Thanks for posting OP, best deal yet on this drive.
I'm still debating tho--I can't decide if this is best of both worlds or worst of both worlds. In between hard disk and solid state in price and performance, large size of a hard disk, but still has the fragility of a hard drive.
I think I may bite tho. Should be a good stop-gap until SSD prices come down more.
I'm reading mixed reviews on this drive in the 13.3" macbook pro (2010), a few state that it had no effect on their battery life and a few state that it halved their battery. Anyone have any first hand experience i can base this off of? I would like to replace the drive this thing pretty soon.
i have this in a 2.4ghz white macbook (from around 2008) and it works PERFECT! huge performance increase on xbench and no difference in battery life that i have noticed. +1, $30 cheaper than what I got this for in August.
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