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I just read today a few articles about seagate hybrid drives and also saw some bench marks indicating how close in performance they are with SDD.

I haven't seen anybody here mention them so i was wondering if you guys had any feedback on them. Most benchmarks articles I saw seemed that it was seagate advertisements.

I want to buy a SDD, but the price point on them is still high for me so I'm looking for alternatives right now.
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I have recommended those drives to everyone that wanted a quiet and fast system. They are really good drives for what they are - I mean if you fit a certain usage pattern you'll enjoy the performance of the onboard SLC; on the other hand if you don't you'll have just an overpriced HDD. More on this review.

Their disadvantage is mainly the higher power consumption - on a low power laptop you'll see a drop in battery life. Another issue some folks encountered is that if for a while you use only data from the SLC at some point the read/write heads will be parked; when wanting to read/write something there's like a 1 second lag between the command and when the disk actually executes - this is to save power, the HDD part is OFF. In December Seagate released a firmware that supposedly solved this issue, but I've seen no report if it works or not (usually no news good news).

If I didn't already have SSDs I would have certainly bought a Momentus XT, that's why I'm recommending it. I find the 1sec lag a deal breaker, but if it was fixed then there's no reason why you shouldn't buy one.
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I looks like I need to reformat my computer after installing different wireless cards and now not wanting to work with any of the ones I have, so I wanted to buy a HDD before I do it so I start fresh.

I was hoping that by this time SDDs would be very close to $1 per 1GB and I would get a 60/64GB, but I'm dreaming. Eventhough they've been some sales that are pretty close and I missed them.
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Comes to $91 AR for me, I pay taxes Thanks for pointing that out.
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I am running the 500 gig version and tested it through win 7 and well its not as fast as ssd and a little faster than plater drives
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