Hybrids have both spinning platters for large amounts of cheap storage, and a chunk of solid state memory for speedy access and a performance boost. Specific examples of where this comes in to play include things like FAST Boot, where Seagate has portioned off a portion of the NAND, just to handle files needed for booting a computer. Adaptive Memory then moves the most frequently accessed information to flash memory for faster recall than what is possible from the platter part of the drive. For this reason we turned to our 4K-optimized StorageMark traces, which include HTPC and Gaming to help readers find out how a drive might rank under their conditions. What happens is users end up tuning the drive to suit their needs. Both drives with the circuit boards removed are identical down to the machining of the drive surface. In the next test we record the average power consumed over a small range of synthetic benchmarks.

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The Seagate Momentus XT manages to crank out more performance than any other notebook hard drive on the market, while keeping prices reasonable and capacities high. This is an excellent HDD, easy to install and you immediately see the difference once you boot up.

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In this trace we momentys 4,MB being written to the drive and 2,MB being read. It is like your machine is learning how to use the HDD. We are including the Velociraptor in these benchmarks since Seagate made claims directly comparing the performance of the Momentus XT to 10,RPM drives. Similar but smarter than the system used on the first Momentus XT, it identifies usage patterns to keep the most frequently accessed data at the Mmomentus level in the NAND cache for faster access.

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Momejtus each test includes normal system activity that has some repeating patterns, this lets the SSD module inside the XT actually do what it was designed to do. Seagate is perhaps most enthusiastic though about what they’re calling FAST Factor technology; a series of on-board software enhancements that give the new Momentus XT an extra performance kick. With chipsets becoming momentuz and more efficient, key sources of power draw get narrowed down to either the bright screen or the storage device used.


The trace captures the heavy read activity momsntus each game loading from the start, as well as textures as the game progresses. Read full review Verified purchase: Write activity and random read activity were actually less, with 3. It gets even better for the generation two XT when you look at some of the synthetic tests like the IOMeter server profiles.

This item doesn’t belong on this page. To the naked eye nothing about this drive indicates that it is unlike any other notebook drive on the market.

In this trace we recorded 2,MB being written to the drive and 1,MB being read. See details for additional description. When comparing drives used in a mobile platform one of the biggest selling points mokentus low power consumption. Max momnetus was also cut in half compared to the I am using Windows 7 and it gives you a choice of disks to boot from. My laptop takes two drives and I had, a very short time earlier, already upgraded one of them the primary windows drive to a Seagate GB SLC has a useful life of aroundwrite cycles with Zt reaching its limit atwrite cycles.

Seagate offers the same 5-year warranty on the Momentus XT as they do on all their other spindle hard drives.

The big question buyers will need to consider is price per GB. With this increase it still falls behind the latency of the Western Digital Scorpio Black and well under the Velociraptor. The drive has the standard Seagate drive appearance with a simple all-white label on top of a minimalistic silver cover and black metal body. Mkmentus you’re looking for more speed in your regular computing activities, there’s no faster hard drive on the market.

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In the second column are the general specs for the reference platforms this SATA II hard drive is to be compared against. Power users might still want to consider other options in their workhorse machines however, if speed is worthwhile at all costs and capacity is less of a concern. Our next set of synthetic benchmarks look at the inner and outer edge performance of the GB Seagate Momentus XT, with the outer edge being fastest and the inner edge being slowest.

The hybrid hard drive concept takes a standard spindle hard drive and adds flash and pattern recognizing software to boost drive performance with repetitive tasks. Adaptive Memory then moves the most frequently accessed information to flash memory for faster recall than what is possible from the platter part of the drive. With the circuit board removed we finally get to see what makes this drive so special.

Compared to the When this qualified data is called the next time, Adaptive Memory kicks in and instead of waiting for the data to be read off relatively slow hard drive platters, it’s retrieved instantly from the NAND flash. Seagate rates the operating shock at G, meaning this drive can survive a pretty good impact like what you might experience if you drop your notebook.

Big improvement in my macbook’s startup time for a good price.