Reviews and Problems with Seagate Momentus Thin (ST250LT012 / ST320LT007 / ST500LT012 / ST500LT025)
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You CAN use TCG OPAL without Motherboard support
6 days ago
Summary: This is just a copy / paste of my notes. Please understand that these are from my SSD install. The outputs that you see from the commands would be different. Replace <password> with your actual password. Please take backup first so you do not lose data because of a mistake, setup errors or bugs etc.
Pros: I don't own this HDD. But I have implemented OPAL on SSD without motherboard support. What follows is directions to install & configure a software that takes care of OPAL locking / unlocking and chain loads your actual OS. I use it with windows 8 and it works fantastic.
Cons: Please note that you must power down your machine / HDD for the system to ask you for the password. No password is asked on reboots. The HDD must lose power for it to ask OPAL password again. Not a con, just the way it is.
Summary: I received 2 of these hard drives in pink bubble wrap. Both drives were pre-formatted with a DELL windows 8.1 installation, why? Did i miss something in the description? Will not order again, not worth the risk.
I finished replacing my old hard drive with this one ...
Jaquan Long, Amazon
18 February 2016
Summary: I finished replacing my old hard drive with this one. Before when I ran the system diagnostics test, the hard drive would always fail, but now its passed. Haha now I just need to go find an operating system to put on it
Summary: Swapped it into my laptop 3 months ago and has worked flawlessly from day 1. Great, noticeable speed improvement over your typical 5400 rpm hard drives that typically come in laptops, all for a very low/reasonable cost!