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post #1 of 8
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I'm thinking about getting a Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive for my girlfriend's new build and want to see if it's good or not.

I have read some reviews about them and looks pretty decent. However I really want to get some real user feedback, especially long term experiences with these drives.

Thanks
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i'm interested as well, asus's 3d laptop (G73JW-3DE) comes with 2, but xoticpc.com lets you change them to reg 2.5" for a $50 credit ea.
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I'm currently using one in the Macbook I am typing this from. As an OS drive this thing is amazing but as a storage drive I imagine that it would be pretty useless. It does exactly as claimed in reviews. All my applications loaded up much faster than normal HDD speeds but couldn't match the speed of an actual SSD. For the price and the space that you get from these things it is pretty amazing, no SSD will give you this much space for the price you pay and no HDD will give you the access times that the XT can get.

If your planning to use one in a desktop i'd consider other alternatives though, a decent 3.5 desktop harddrive can get close to the speeds that the XT offers for a much lower price. In a laptop gogogo!!

I'm using the 320GB one ~
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I'm currently using one in the Macbook I am typing this from. As an OS drive this thing is amazing but as a storage drive I imagine that it would be pretty useless. It does exactly as claimed in reviews. All my applications loaded up much faster than normal HDD speeds but couldn't match the speed of an actual SSD. For the price and the space that you get from these things it is pretty amazing, no SSD will give you this much space for the price you pay and no HDD will give you the access times that the XT can get.

If your planning to use one in a desktop i'd consider other alternatives though, a decent 3.5 desktop harddrive can get close to the speeds that the XT offers for a much lower price. In a laptop gogogo!!

I'm using the 320GB one ~
Thanks for the info man, maybe I will just get a SSD that's around $100 and use one of my spare HDDs for storage.
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Thanks for the info man, maybe I will just get a SSD that's around $100 and use one of my spare HDDs for storage.
Yeah that will probably work better in your case. Also you have to remember that with these hybrid drives if you use just about every application on your computer the 4GB SSD on the XT will get filled up pretty quickly even if it doesn't load the whole application onto the SSD.
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I bought one and took it back. Before I did I benchmarked it against a 250GB Western Digital drive which it greatly out performed in most tasks. I had the 500GB one but I bought an SSD instead.
    
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post #7 of 8
I have one in my laptop, 500 gb momentus XT.....Heres what I think of it....

Boot times are great, very similar to an ssd.... BUT overall computer performance is very similar to a regular HDD.

Essentially I see the only bennifit of it being boot time and launching a few most used apps faster.

DO NOT expect your computer to perform like an SSD or you will be horribly disappointed.
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They released SD 24 FW update. It's a success using AHCI. Update was not destructive btw.
Before FW update it used to stutter in games, and was not being detected in BIOS on soft boot.
Also, I'm using HDDScan cmd script to disable AAM and APM on boot.
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