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Been having problems with my HD and accessing stuff seems to make it stutter. so looking at getting a new drive while i RMA my ssd. Found a seagate momentus XT ssd hybrid 500gb for cheap. what do you all think?
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I put one in my wife's laptop (my old laptop). Initially, it made little speed difference except for the obvious 5400rpm to 7200rpm. Given some time, it will become quicker as it places your most frequently accessed files on the 4gb ssd.

If you're going to use it to squeeze some life out of a tired old system until you get the money/motivation to build/buy a new one, then yes, it's a good choice. If you have a relatively new computer (< 1year) that you used a "recycled" hdd on, then no, it's not a good deal, go with a ssd or a high speed (10k rpm) SATA III hdd.

It's a good intermediate between hdd and ssd that came to the game a little to late to have much of a market impact beyond extending the life of older computers imo.

Just my opinion
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I put one in my wife's laptop (my old laptop). Initially, it made little speed difference except for the obvious 5400rpm to 7200rpm. Given some time, it will become quicker as it places your most frequently accessed files on the 4gb ssd.

If you're going to use it to squeeze some life out of a tired old system until you get the money/motivation to build/buy a new one, then yes, it's a good choice. If you have a relatively new computer (< 1year) that you used a "recycled" hdd on, then no, it's not a good deal, go with a ssd or a high speed (10k rpm) SATA III hdd.

It's a good intermediate between hdd and ssd that came to the game a little to late to have much of a market impact beyond extending the life of older computers imo.

Just my opinion
An articulate and knowledgeable response; rep+.

Frankly though, I wouldn't even mess with a hybrid - just pick up a 500GB Caviar Black ($49 on Newegg); sub 20-second boot times are yours with proper OS optimization.
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While my wife enjoys it, she didn't use the laptop before I put the hybrid in. IIRC, it shaved approximately 15sec off the boot times and it was around 75-90sec with the old hdd, though I'm straining to recall here.

I'm not sure where it sits now since I've moved on to my ASUS G74SX-A1 and I'm looking at a sata 3 ssd for it so I've kinda drifted away from keeping up with the latest on the Seagate hybrids.

I hope the information that we've put out here can help you make a decision on going with the Momentus XT or not. Good luck and good overclocking.
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Thanks to all. I can grab one for around $75 so I think ill take a chance. If not ill find a ps3 or something to throw it in.
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The Momentus XT's 4GB SSD decreases OS boot up, but it also stores apps you use frequently onto the SSD for faster load times. Plus the 500GB platter is very fast on it's too, faster than a WD Black.

If you do get the Momentus XT, make sure to update the firmware and secure erase it before use. My drive was very sluggish and benching poorly until I secure erased it.


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