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Awesome blend of speed & capacity
on February 7, 2012
I have a 256GB SSD in my desktop computer, so I'm writing this review as someone who is accustomed to that kind of performance.
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!