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Seagate Momentus XT 320 GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST93205620AS-Bare Drive
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- 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
- Low heat and vibration - quiet operation without giving up storage capacity and affordability
- OS- and application-independent - designed for any SATA standard laptop PC
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- Brand Name: Seagate
- Model Number: ST93205620AS
- Manufacturer Warranty Description: 5 Year
- Form Factor: 2.5 inch
- Hard Disk Rotational Speed: 7200.0 RPM
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From the Manufacturer
Powerful, Intelligent, Affordable—Solid State Hybrid Drive
Up to 50% faster boot-up over 5400-RPM drivesIsn't it time for a hard drive that combines SSD-like performance with affordable high-capacity storage?
The Seagate Momentus XT solid state hybrid drive is finally here—in capacities up to 500GB, designed specifically for:
Why choose the Momentus XT drive?
STX Hybrid = Performance AND Price
HDD = 7200rpm, 250GB 2.5 Momentus
Performance increment over a 2GB RAM 5400rpm drive
Momentus XT Benchmark Results
5400 & 7200 RPM drives
with capacities up to 750GB
Seagate® Momentus® XT
Solid State Hybrid drives
with Adaptive Memory Technology
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Top Customer Reviews
Here's what the drive does well: It's alignment- and OS-agnostic, so it does not care if you run it unaligned on older XP systems. It will, over about 5 cycles, learn what you do and optimize it. You will notice your system boots much faster. It excels on systems where you boot into your OS and do the same basic tasks, say, open MS office and Firefox and Outlook.
Here's what the drive does not do well: If you are constantly changing what you run on your computer, your drive will constantly be "learning" what you do. I have also found it does not do well with remote desktop apps that are constantly caching image data.
Here's what the drive does that makes it no better or worse than any other mechanical drive: If you are using the drive to store music or videos or such, they are going to go the the platters. Then it's just another very good, high performance 7200RPM notebook drive. Nothing wrong with that at all.
Here's the KILLER APP reason to buy this drive: I took a 32-bit Vista Home Premium laptop that was so congested and clogged with programs, leftovers of removed programs, fragmentation, you name it, and just cloned it to this drive. The mechanical drive it was on took literally 5 minutes to get to a useful state on the desktop. This drive, after about 5 boots, learned that our family needed Vista OS, Chrome for Farmville, and iTunes.Read more ›
- 4GB SLC SSD integrated into the hard drive for speedy access commonly used files
- Although not as fast as an SSD, but soooo much cheaper than 300GB+ of SSD space.
- More vibration and a little more noise than my WD 500GB, but not significantly so.
- Mac OS X doesn't support TRIM. I was concerned that a SSD drive would slow down significantly overtime without it.
- Toms Hardware highly recommended it over other 7200 rpm laptop hard drives. See their review for all the techy details.
Note that the integrated SSD is used only for reading, not for writing. It essentially clones your commonly used files on the 4GB SSD.
If you are looking for a sweet spot between speed and space this is it. The Momentus has a 4GB SLC SSD integrated into the hard drive which allows for very fast reads of commonly used data. This translates into really fast application loading like an SSD. It uses a learning algorithm to decide what to store on the SSD so it takes some time to get to optimal performance.
Most people have a lot of data that is accessed infrequently on their hard drive. Thus an SSD is overkill since there isn't much benefit to to storing infrequently accessed on a really fast drive. If you are accessing almost all of your data all the time (like in a server application) then maybe an SSD is for you. For the rest of us there is the Momentus XT.
I am very particular about the noise with my MacBook Pro. The stock 250GB Seagate hard drive my laptop shipped with was virtually undetectable.Read more ›
I use Apple's OS X Snow Leopard, and it definitely boots faster (1 minute 30 seconds prior to this disk, now 55 seconds from power on to ready + all my startup apps running), and commonly run applications also start up noticeably faster.
I upgraded from a bit slower drive, so I see some performance gain there, but nothing huge.
Overall I got the disk read speeds I was looking for -- faster boot, faster common app loading, and an overall boost in performance by upgrading from a slower drive altogether.
This drive won't change your life, unless you are booting several times a day or loading the same data repeatedly. It's a fine drive with the benefit of faster boot and common app loading times, nothing more.
This drive sounded just like what I was looking for, near SSD performance at a reasonable price. After installing the drive in my late 2008 MacBook Pro, it seemed a bit quicker and boot up time was noticeably faster. Unfortunately, a few days passed and the system started to hang for 5-10 seconds every 5 minutes or so. The system hangs then became longer and more frequent rendering the machine completely useless. A visit to the Seagate user forum quickly revealed that this problem is well known and very common.
I removed the Seagate Momentus XT drive and put the original Mac drive back in and all of the problems went away.
The drive was purchased and originally installed in October of 2010. After giving up on the drive and not returning it in time I went back to the Seagate site in December of 2010. To my pleasant surprise, Seagate had just released a firmware update to fix the problems. After installing the update, I installed the operating system from scratch. The system ran better than ever... I really thought this was a great drive. Then, the same problems came back, with a vengeance! The lock ups started after 4 days of use. This time there wasn't much of graceful decline. The system started to lock up as before and within 15 minutes, it was unusable. Another visit to the Seagate forums and I discovered others were experiencing the same issue.
While I like the premise of this drive, I would not purchase or recommend it.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
This Segate HHD/SSD or "Hybrid" drive is the biggest piece of junk I've ever bought, the performance degraded so fast in like 3 days to a point my old 5400 rpm Toshiba HDD... Read morePublished 4 months ago by Vector o' seven
I bought this as a alternative to my aging 500GB notebook drive. The item never worked. It arrived DOA. I returned it and got a SSD instead. I cannot say much more than that.Published 6 months ago by Duane G. Jacobs
It's been very reliable and provided a significant speed boost to my system. The spinning disk is 7200 RPM, which gives it an extra bit of oomph compared to the (sadly) more... Read morePublished 6 months ago by Abu Mahmoud
this item sucks.
took forever to install a functional os...about 30 tries
over time it failed completely with only a few hundred hours of use
this product has major... Read more