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What's the deal with these Seagate drives? Are they any good or terrible?
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They are good, especially the new 1TB/platter ones. They just have shorter warranties in most cases. None of my Seagate drives have ever failed me.

The new Momentus XT drives are more reliable than previous versions as well.
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Sean! Thanks for answering my question. I know Seagate had issues several years back, and people moved toward Western Digital, then WD had problems, and people migrated towards Seagate again or the big SSD apocalypse. Any specific revisions to look for? Additionally, I'm reading company and general public claims of 85% speed (read/write) increase over a traditional 7,200 RPM drive, and a 70% increase over a 10,000 RPM drive. Any legitimacy to these claims or is it a marketing gimmick
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Never mind this thread. I didn't see that the XT is a laptop drive.
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Sean! Thanks for answering my question. I know Seagate had issues several years back, and people moved toward Western Digital, then WD had problems, and people migrated towards Seagate again or the big SSD apocalypse. Any specific revisions to look for?
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Additionally, I'm reading company and general public claims of 85% speed (read/write) increase over a traditional 7,200 RPM drive, and a 70% increase over a 10,000 RPM drive. Any legitimacy to these claims or is it a marketing gimmick
It has a SSD cache built in, thus that part is faster.

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Never mind this thread. I didn't see that the XT is a laptop drive.
So? You can use any drive in a desktop lol.

What kind of drive are you looking for? What purpose will it serve? I can recommend you some better one depending on use.
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I have the 250GB XT, 500GB XT and they run as fast as any of my 7.2k drives...BUT with "training" the momentusXT will be faster when it comes to boot times and ONLY boot times from my experience.

 

For the first month it takes my XT to boot around 55s +/- 5s

Second month cut down boot times to around 45s +/- 3s

 

When my XT was "trained" fully for about 4 months, boot times are faster than my 7.2k drives...it boots 35s +/- 5s.

 

No, it's not a marketing gimmick and the "training" works. Also I have been using my XTs as OS drives for 2 desktops for almost 2 years.

 

Also I don't see why you can't use laptop drives on a desktop as long as the interface supports it. :/

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For the first month it takes my XT to boot around 55s +/- 5s
Second month cut down boot times to around 45s +/- 3s

When my XT was "trained" fully for about 4 months, boot times are faster than my 7.2k drives...it boots 35s +/- 5s.
You need to update to the latest firmware if you haven't.

My experience:

First boot: ~50 seconds.
Second boot: ~35 seconds.
Third boot: ~35 seconds.

It fills the cache almost perfectly on the first boot.

I've noticed web browsers and a lot of other software start up way quicker on Momentus XTs. It's not quite SSD speeds, but it's noticeably faster than a regular hard drive for a lot of programs. Games... doesn't seem to make a huge difference.
     
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You need to update to the latest firmware if you haven't.
My experience:
First boot: ~50 seconds.
Second boot: ~35 seconds.
Third boot: ~35 seconds.
It fills the cache almost perfectly on the first boot.
I've noticed web browsers and a lot of other software start up way quicker on Momentus XTs. It's not quite SSD speeds, but it's noticeably faster than a regular hard drive for a lot of programs. Games... doesn't seem to make a huge difference.

 

Yeah did that already...constantly looking at the current firmwares and it's working fine. I moved to a Samsung 830 SSD and never looked back. But so far my HTPC and my sisters PC are on XT's and they're chugging along just fine on a desktop environment. biggrin.gif

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Sean, yeah I figured that out later that day when I posted since an SSD drive is the same size as a notebook drive, so why couldn't you? I had seen a great deal in the paper for the larger XT drives with 8 GB cache and thought I'd grab a few for non-boot use. I'm one of the few who don't really trust SSDs for boot useage.
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I was well the same boat as you...but I did bite on the SSD and so far...it's been treating me well.

 

But using the XT for non-boot...isn't really recommended and it will perform just like any 7.2k drive and you can't take advantage of the SSD part of the XTs if it isn't a boot drive...and that's from my experience with the XT line. :/

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