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Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Serial 2.5 inch 7200 RPM 32MB 6GB/S SATA Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive

Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Serial 2.5 inch 7200 RPM 32MB 6GB/S SATA Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive

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Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Serial 2.5 inch 7200 RPM 32MB 6GB/S SATA Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive

Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Serial 2.5 inch 7200 RPM 32MB 6GB/S SATA Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive

  • Form Factor:2.5″ x 1/8H
  • Weight:115 g
  • Features:Native Command Queuing (NCQ)
  • Buffer Size:32 MB
  • Depth:100 mm

Shock Tolerance:350 g @ 2ms (operating) / 1000 g @ 1ms (non-operating), Max Operating Temperature:60 °C, Min Operating Temperature:0 °C, Interfaces:1 x Serial ATA-600, Compatible Bays:1 x internal – 2.5″ x 1/8H, Service & Support Details:Limited warranty – 3 years, Service & Support:3 years warranty, Compatible with Windows 7:”Compatible with Windows 7″ software and devices carry Microsoft’s assurance that these products have passed tests for compatibility and reliability with 32-bit and 64-bi

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  1. azro says:
    39 of 39 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    A good investment over standard 5400 SATA2 HDDs, 21 April 2012
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    azro (UK) –
    This review is from: Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Serial 2.5 inch 7200 RPM 32MB 6GB/S SATA Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive (Accessory)

    THIS REVIEW IS FROM A MACBOOK PERSPECTIVE AND DEALS WITH LION INSTALLATION

    I have a (late 2011) Macbook Pro that shipped with a Toshiba SATA2 5400rpm standard hard disk drive and had Lion (OSX 10.7.3) preinstalled.

    The HDD was definitely the weak link after upgrading the memory to a healthy 8GB (2x4GB Crucial ram for £35). I’d bought the Mac as I wanted to get into video editing and decided that Final Cut Pro X was the best option for me, pricewise and because I was doing a course using FCP 7.

    I’d considered buying another Crucial M4 SSD, which is a good compromise in bang for buck (as far as SSDs tend to go of course). But I had misgivings reading about longevity and some of the problems relating to enabling TRIM support in OSX (Lion) and decided that, for most operations, this Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive would suffice.

    First off, the HDD’s SATA3 and 7200rpm and it was fully supported by my Macbook Pro. I was pretty apprhensive about how I was actually going to re-install Lion to a brand new hard drive but it turned out to be plain sailing. As my Macbook Pro shipped with Lion, there was no physical media supplied to reinstall it and I couldn’t use the redownload from the Mac App store trick to make a Lion backup disc. But I discovered the Lion Recovery Disk Assistant tool (downloadable from apple: [...]/link not allowed from Amazon so you’ll have to google it) and just used an SD card to install the hidden recovery disk on, so that, when I started the new Momentus drive up, I could then painlessly use the Lion installer over internet. No fuss at all. I wanted a clean install so there was no problem at all.

    As for the performance of the new hybrid drive, well, I couldn’t be happier. It’s exceeded my expectations. Boot ups to desktop now take (a timed) 20 seconds from cold start (I shut down regularly). And many regularly used applications like Lightroom 3 and FCP X start up a lot quicker and feel more responsive. I’ve got more than 200GBs of video to edit sat on the drive and so I felt my only option was to buy either a new 512GB SSD and faff about with enabling TRIM with the expectation that the drive wouldn’t exactly last forever (as even modern SSDs have a far higher failure rate than traditional HDD magnetic tech) or, save some money now, and go for the more moderate speed gains through having a proper 7200rpm SATA3 HDD with the added benefit of the 8GB of SLC NAND flash. Seems to be a very workable formula Seagate have for most uses.

    So, yeah, the Seagate is definitely a compromise in performance stakes. It doesn’t give you 500MB/s+ READ and WRITE speeds for regular heavy file lifting of current SSDs, but it does make using your laptop a much snappier (SSD like) experience with far less unresponsive waiting. Going by memory from previous bencmarking with Xbench and Blackmagic, my 5400rpm (SATA2) drive gave me around 70MB/s READ speed and WRITES a little lower than that. Now they’re both around 113MB/s so that’s a decent (but not out of this world) improvement. I’ll update this review with proper benchmark comparisons if appropriate (rather than my own subjective & hazy recollections). But I’m really pleased I got this drive and would highly recommend anyone in a similar situation to me to buy one (or 2 even!) I’m going to keep a keen eye on the development of hybrid drives and have thoughts for maybe upgrading my old Vista (Core2 Duo) laptop. My Windows 7 desktop uses a Crucial M4 SSD as system disk so I guess that doesn’t need one (though I had thought about it). I paid £126 inc just for reference. The prices of this drive are quite volatile and Amazon seem to currently be the best priced offering again. Oh, lastly, the firmware revision on my drive is SM12 (as shipped) and there are no firmware updates (as of time of writing 21.04.12) and I’ve had no issues anyway. The SD28 firmware update out there appears to relate to either a different, older, batch of the same model or the previous incarnation even. I don’t know but I thought maybe it’s worth reporting this fact just in case there’s a difference in batch issue or something. :)

    EDIT 1

    As promised, some benchmarking comparison stats from Xbench & Blackmagic (on Mac OSX Lion):

    Old drive 1) Toshiba 5400rpm SATA 2 (supplied with Macbook Pro late 2011)

    Xbench 1.3 (Mac) results:

    Drive Type TOSHIBA MK7559GSXF
    Disk Test 58.43
    Sequential 118.14

    Uncached Write 132.59 81.41 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 115.19 65.17 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 96.24 28.17 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 138.03 69.37 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 38.82
    Uncached Write 15.42 1.63 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 78.19 25.03 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 59.47 0.42 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 116.23 21.57 MB/sec [256K blocks]

    Blackmagic…

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  2. xpjhx says:
    35 of 36 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Seagate Momentus XT and 2010 15″ Macbook Pro, 15 April 2012
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    xpjhx
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    This review is from: Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Serial 2.5 inch 7200 RPM 32MB 6GB/S SATA Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive (Accessory)

    Hello. I’m writing this review on the assumption that you have done some research on the Momentus XT drive and know a bit about how it works.

    After upgrading my 2010 15″ Macbook Pro to Lion I was experiencing long boot times (compared to Snow Leopard previously) and without the funds to purchase a new Macbook Pro any time soon I was looking for something to speed up the general performance of my machine to prolong its life. My wife had recently bought a Macbook Air which put my Core i5 Macbook Pro to shame mainly because of the flash drive compared to my stock Hitachi 320gb 5400rpm drive. My choices were a full blown SSD which brings with it limited capacity (I already had an external 1TB firewire 800 drive that I was off loading a lot of files to) at a high cost per GB or the Seagate Momentus XT. After reading issues with the 1st gen XT and Macs (although I believe this was fixed in later firmwares SD26+) I started looking at the second gen XT 750gb ST750LX003 which has some new features (FAST factor) and has “apparently” been extensively tested on Macs (was the first one not?). The XT provided high capacity, lower price and some of the speed benefits of flash drives.

    Once I got the drive it was a simple case of popping it into the machine as with any drive. Remember you will need a torx screwdriver to unscrew the mounts from your stock drive and put it on the new one. As I’d read about issues with cloning software onto these drives (and issues with having to zap the PRAM) I decided I would install Lion from scratch using the network recovery feature of Lion which connects to Apple’s servers directly from the firmware of the Mac and downloads Lion onto your drive (you need your Mac App Store log in details). I was surprised how fast it installed but that was probably due to having a pretty quick internet connection and the 7200 RPM side of the XT drive. Once the OS was installed I started copying over files and basically got the drive ready with all the software I had on the stock drive previously. The drive worked fine straight out of the box with no problems with firmware or having to zap the PRAM of the Mac.

    My initial impressions of the drive were that it was louder than the stock drive. I was expecting this with it being 7200RPM however the drive is louder while sitting idle. There is the sound of a fan constantly running albeit at a very low volume. Its nowhere near as loud as the fans on the Mac under load but its definitely not whisper quiet like the stock drive. I wouldn’t say its anything that would annoy you but if you’re a perfectionist and want complete silence then it may be a problem and you should probably invest in a SSD. For anyone who was wondering (I couldn’t find any info on this anywhere on the internet) I believe the drive does support Apple’s Sudden Motion Sensor which I understand is built into the Mac not the stock hard drive. Its nowhere near as sensitive as the stock drive which parks the heads the second you lift the machine, but if you shake the Mac you get a sound that someone else said is like a lightsaber hitting another lightsaber. I hope to god it is the SMS and not the drive heads being damaged but I’m quietly confident Apple’s SMS is doing its job. For reference there is no motion protection built into the drive other than a high G tolerance.

    Now, getting onto performance. I have good and maybe not so good news on this front. The good news is that if you are using a single partition and just booting into Lion then the drive will learn (very quickly – 2 to 3 boots) which files /applications are being used most frequently and cache / store them on the flash side which results in very fast boot times and app opening times. For example the fastest boot I have experienced is 14 seconds to the Lion log in screen then once logged in Microsoft Office 2010 opened in say 2 seconds which anyone with experience with Office will tell you that is excellent. My stock drive would bounce Word’s dock icon for say 15 times before loading following a boot, which in itself would take 90+ seconds. Other non-frequent files open faster than the stock drive which will be due to the 7200RPM over the 5400RPM speed.

    Now the not so good news. If, like me, you have a Bootcamp partition loading up Windows 7 (for gaming for example) then the speed improvements get a bit disappointing. It’s not so much that there isn’t a speed improvement as there is, I think its more of an issue with the drive getting confused over which files to cache. For example if I boot into Lion 4 times, the drive will learn very fast and everything speeds up very quickly. If I boot into Windows 7 4 times then again the drive learns and everything speeds up. If however I boot into Lion, then on the next restart I go into Windows, then the next restart back into Lion its as if the drive isn’t learning the boot files / most used apps of each…

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  3. DGBKS says:
    23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Simply Stunning, 16 Feb 2012
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    This review is from: Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Serial 2.5 inch 7200 RPM 32MB 6GB/S SATA Solid State Hybrid Hard Drive (Accessory)

    This product is brilliant. I installed it on a Dell Studio 1558 – Core i5 with 4gb RAM. It was replacing a Samsung 500gb SATA. The computer is fully loaded with full Office and Adobe Suites. I cloned the drive using Acronis. The increase in speeds are far beyond what I was expecting.

    Boot Time Comparison

    Old Samsung Sata:

    Login Screen: 1:45
    Full Boot: 5:48

    Samsung Momentus XT 750gb

    1st Boot

    Login Screen: 1:25
    Full Boot: 4.17

    2nd Boot

    Login Screen: 1:15
    Full Boot: 3:44

    3rd boot

    Login Screen: 0.50
    Full Boot: 2.10

    4th boot

    Login Screen: 0.37
    Full Boot: 1:32

    5th boot

    Login Screen: 0.31
    Full Boot: 1:27

    Furthermore as it learns which applications you use they too open far quicker and work at greater speeds.

    Bravo Seagate.

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