|Hard Drive||750 GB|
Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST750LX003
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- 750 GB 7200 RPM SSD Hybrid Drive
- Solid state hybrid drive delivers SSD-like performance with hard drive capacity options
- Adaptive Memory technology customizes performance by aligning to user needs for overall improved system response
- 80 percent faster performance than traditional 7200-RPM drives in PCMark Vantage benchmark scores
- Ships in Certified Frustration-Free Packaging
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The Seagate Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive combines SSD-like performance with affordable high-capacity hard drive storage for laptops, external backup and small form factor desktop PCs. This drive is designed for all standard laptop PCs and is OS-, driver-and software-independent, making it easy to integrate and easy to use.3-Year Limited Warranty.
From the Manufacturer
Seagate Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive
Speedy, Spacious, and Easy to Own
Get the Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive and supercharge your laptop. SSHD combines the blazing performance of a solid state drive and the huge capacity of a hard disk, all with a budget-friendly price-tag. The Seagate SSHD is compatible with virtually any laptop computer, any OS, and any application, so you get plug-and-play, revved-up performance from any system.
Performs Like a Solid State Drive
The Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive boots in seconds, not minutes. SSHD revs up your machine for peak performance (up to 4x faster than 5400 RPM hard drives). Plus, it gets faster as it gets to know you: NAND flash memory and Adaptive Memory technology work together to learn your specific use patterns and continually optimize your performance.
Store More, Without Compromise
Never sacrifice capacity for performance again. Have it all with a Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive, where killer performance meets massive storage. Whether you're into gaming, HD video, photography or music--SSHD lets you play, create, and store as much digital content as you want, up to 750GB. It all adds up to the storage you demand with the performance you crave in an easy-to-install package.
Best Bang for Your Buck
The smart money is on the Seagate Solid State Hard Drive. No other drive costs less while delivering as much. Seagate SSHD costs just slightly more than a traditional hard drive, yet delivers dramatically improved performance--without compromising on storage. It's simple to install, simple to run, and simple to save on your bottom line.
Why Choose the Seagate Solid State Hybrid Drive?
Seagate SSHD is the smart, affordable choice for high-end laptops and workstations, high-performance gamer laptops, fast external enclosures using USB 3.0 or eSATA, and small form factor PCs. Seagate SSHD provides 4x faster performance than traditional 5400-RPM drives in PCMark Vantage benchmark scores, thanks in part to Adaptive Memory technology that optimizes as it learns your use patterns. It's compatible with any SATA-standard laptop PC and offers quiet operation without compromising storage capacity or affordability.
Seagate Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive Technical Specifications
|Seagate Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Hard Drives||750GB1||500GB1||500GB1|
|Model Number||ST750LX003||ST95005620AS||STAN500100-Retail Kit|
|Interface Options||SATA 6Gb/s||SATA 6Gb/s||SATA 6Gb/s|
|Package Contents||Momentus XT SSHD||Momentus XT SSHD||Momentus XT SSHD |
|SATA Transfer Rate, Max Ext (MB/s)||600||300||300|
|Spindle Speed (RPM)||7200||7200||7200|
|Nonrecoverable Read Errors per Bits Read||1 in 1014||1 in 1014||1 in 1014|
|Annualized Failure Rate (AFR)||0.5%||0.5%||0.5%|
|How Much Will it Store?|
|Digital Music (Hours)||12,495||8,330||8,330|
| Digital Photos (Files) |
Average file size using cameras highest resolution JPEG mode
|Digital Videos (Hours)||750||500||500|
| DVD Quality (Movies) |
Based on standard 2 hour movie
| HD Video (Hours) |
Based on H.264 compression at a 6.75Mbs bitrate
|1One gigabyte, or GB, equals one billion bytes and one terabyte, or TB, equals one trillion bytes when referring to hard drive capacity.|
Top Customer Reviews
The 750GB version of this drive is awesome. (I've used the previous model, the 500GB Momentus XT, and it was "pretty good." There's more than just a capacity upgrade to this new version.) I installed the 750GB Momentus XT into my new HP Envy 15, and I have to admit that it's the perfect compromise drive. The Envy has only a single drive bay and the optical isn't removable, so an SSD / HDD combo (one for the OS and one for storage) isn't an option. I'm a wedding photographer who needs to get work done on the road, and I regularly need to carry 400+ GB of data around, so a pure SSD solution (at least for a reasonable price) also isn't an option.
The drive learns quickly to cache the most used data, and it really accelerates anything you use frequently. My laptop boots very fast. Almost as fast as my desktop. Same for Chrome, Adobe LightRoom, and all the other apps I use on a daily basis.
If you're looking for an affordable solution that hits the sweet spot between SSDs and HDDs in performance and capacity, this is it.
Note to Seagate: Make a 2+TB desktop version of this drive with 32GB of NAND, and I'd be all over it!
I hope the review with updates are helpful to potential seagate purchasers.
************** original review ***************
The seagate momentus XT 750 does a really nice job of providing SSD drive like performance and ample space for data for a fraction of the cost of a pure SSD. Caching when well used can get a large percentage of the perceived speed advantage of the much faster overall drive by saving the most frequently used data in high speed storage. It workd really well in most applications and this is something my clients have seen such as when they reboot their windows PC's.
When data is not in the cache it's pretty much just a 7200RPM laptop drive. Pretty quick, but not like a SSD. The 750GB has twice the flash cache of the smaller versions and appears to me to have better caching firmware. The firmware detects what's read frequently and tends to keep those parts of the hard drive data in the fast flash memory. The result is apparent after a few restarts and hours of use. Frequent tasks or programs - rebooting, word, outlook, etc. tend to start more quickly. If usage patterns change the drive cache catches up.
Because of it's innovative caching design this drive provides an excellent price-performance value point. Especially with large amounts of data. If you only need a small (128GB) hard drive, spring a little more for a pure SSD. If you want to have a lot of space, this is the drive.
Update: February 2013 the particular drive I reviewed here just died. No warning, passes SMART tests but the seagate tools say "It's dead". I've installed about 6 more of these for other clients so I'm a little concerned. More so than with a conventional drive which usually gives a little warning when they are dying. I'll update again when I try to recover data (looks unlikely) and process the warranty replacement. Stay tuned.
Update Later February 2013:
I just got off the phone with Seagate and they said the drive was an OEM component. They will NOT honor the 3 year warranty even through it's only 4 months old. They say it's up to Amazon. To say I'm disappointed is an understatement.
I contacted Amazon customer service (they usually don't do returns after 30 days) but they came through on this. Working with Seagate and then Amazon was like going to opposite ends of the customer service universe. Amazon was great and resolved my issues even though Seagate should have.
Seagate is permanently OFF my approved manufacturer list. I have worked with Western Digital before with drive problems. They were never a problem and honored their warranties.
Late May 2013 Update:
The idea behind the hybrid drive is brilliant. I wish they were more reliable and Seagate would stand behind their warrantly predictably:
Seagate has come out with a new model in 1TB and 500GB sizes. Seagate 1TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6Gbps 64MB Cache 2.5-Inch ST1000LM014 Note that the listing does NOT specify OEM or Retail. It also does not mention the warranty on the product detail page. Beware: check before buying.
Update June 20, 2013:
When I tried to get a warranty support for my Amazon bought Seagate hybrid drive Feb. 2013 the drive was rejected *both* on-line and via phone support. Seagate said they would not honor the warranty because the drive serial nunber was an OEM serial. The drive listing on Amazon and Seagate drive information on their web site both cited a 3 year warranty for the drive.
I am now happy to report that after reading a comment on this review I learned that Jack had validated the warranty on a Seagate OEM hybrid drive at the Seagate site. I retried the warranty check for my hybrid drive one more time. This time the warranty validated and the drive was accepted for warranty replacement.
I hope this review may have helped Seagate change and decide to stand behind their drive's warranty whether sold as bare (OEM style) or retail.
I'm changing my rating from 1 to 3 stars. Kudos to Seagate: they are now backing up their product.
Update August 20, 2013:
I was called today by Bryce Stoops of the Seagate Corporate Escalations Team. We had a good conversation and he clarified Seagate's OEM Policy and how it is supposed to work. He also explained why my Feb 2013 warranty claim was refused. Read on...
Bryce explained to me that OEM drives are only sold to systems integrators who have entered into an agreement to back the drive warranty themselves or through their channel. The intent is that when a pre-configured system is purchased from a vendor like Lenovo or Dell or other integrator the "system" is warrantied by the integrator along with all the components. He said Seagate does not sell OEM drives via Amazon. According to Bryce OEM drives turn up mostly on eBay or auction sites but rarely on Amazon.
From our conversation it seems that because a drive is sold as a "bare drive" that does not make it an OEM drive. So if a drive is sold by Amazon a purchaser can have high confidence it's NOT an OEM drive.
With respect to my experience where my purchased from Amazon drive was refused warranty replacement, he said there was a one character difference in the serial numbers from my February 2013 failed warranty attempt and the successful attempt in June. This is believable even though it was checked by two people at my business using seagate tools last February. This sort of thing can certainly happen quite honestly and understandably at either end of the phone.
I've removed the Aug. 6 update as the comment that triggered it stands on its own. The rest remains for continuity.
I see it as very positive that Seagate reached out to try to assure customer satisfaction. As a result of our extended conversation I'm upgrading my review to 3 stars.
Seagate had some problems with their 500GB hybrids, but seemed to get the issues worked out with new firmware (I never had a problem with mine). I haven't experienced any issues with the new 750GB either, but it will take time before I can comment on the reliability long term. I check my drives weekly for data corruption, and so far have found none, nor has there been stalling or other issues.
Did I mention this drive was fast?