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so what is the general thought of ocn on the Seagate Momentus XT?

500Gb for about $100 bucks
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They were having some problems with them, but in initial test they do really well, much faster boot time ect. than conventional laptop drives, not as fast as a SSD, pretty much in between both as you would expect with a hybrid design
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I ordered on on Monday.


TigerDirect for $100 + $2 shipping - $10 Facebook code.


It is going into the wife's notebook. She needs around 100GB of local storage.... too big for a 60GB SSD but a 90-120GB is too expensive.

When SSD prices do go down this year, I plan to move the Hybrid Drive to a mITX HTPC. 4GB NAND is good enough for OS and WMC and 500GB is enough for recording.

Hybrid drives are only useful if you require a lot of storage for a relatively low price and you have physical space limitations. Otherwise, a 30-40GB SSD with a 500-1TB will be faster and bigger for about the same money.

BTW, Hybrid Drives are probably dead after Intel's Z68 chipset with SSD Cache. I can see Intel pushing 4-16GB SSD modules + HDD in laptops in the future.

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They were having some problems with them, but in initial test they do really well, much faster boot time ect. than conventional laptop drives, not as fast as a SSD, pretty much in between both as you would expect with a hybrid design
Not quite..... they are more like fast HDDs than a SSD. They only cache 4GB of the most commonly used blocks for reads. They do nothing for writes or anything outside those 4GB in reads.
Edited by DuckieHo - 3/16/11 at 10:47am
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Thanks guys

so i decided to pick up the HDD.

It arrived DOA.
plugged it in and booted it up.
Instant SMART failure notice.

about 5 seconds later the HDD keeps continuously clicking.

Going to request exchange...
Edited by this n00b again - 3/21/11 at 6:07pm
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Personally, I wouldn't buy it.

It's a Seagate, and I don't trust them after seeing the many Momentus and Barracuda failures.
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Thanks guys

so i decided to pick up the HDD.

It arrived DOA.
plugged it in and booted it up.
Instant SMART failure notice.

about 5 seconds later the HDD keeps continuously clicking.

Going to request exchange...
Are you trying to install it in a Mac? There is a known recent firmware bug but that has been fixed in the latest version.

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Personally, I wouldn't buy it.

It's a Seagate, and I don't trust them after seeing the many Momentus and Barracuda failures.
Eh, that's personal bias.... All HDD manufacturers RMA rates are about the same (excluding major problems like bad firmware). If the RMA rates of any company were that much higher than the rest of the market, they would be in trouble quickly.
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Seagate may have a slightly higher failure rate than wd and samsung (or not) but I still bought their es enterprise drives for my raid 6 downstairs.

Their rma support is based in the US and everytime I've called it has been new drive shipped no questions asked.
    
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