Conclusion: You are getting 2 years warranty period in this drive. If you are looking something as a replacement for your 5400RPM drive on your notebook and want more than 500Gigs of storage space with some advantage on the load times? Provided it uses SATA 6Gb/s, this is a good drive to shortlist.
Summary: The Momentus XT is for gamers that don’t have room for an SSD and a regular drive or can’t afford a large capacity SSD. At about $180 at time of writing, it’s not much more expensive than a regular 2.5″ 7200 RPM drive of the same size.
Conclusion: The Momentus XT is a hybrid in the best possible sense. You get the capacity of a traditional disk, along with (some of) the speed of an SSD, without breaking the bank.
Pros: Flash memory means faster speeds. Drive adapts to your usage.
Cons: Moving parts means it’s still susceptible to damage, just like your regular drive. Speeds up boot times, but transferring files is pretty much the same as traditional drives. Higher cost-per-gigabyte.
Conclusion: If you have the extra money to spend, this drive is definitely one of the fastest mechanical disks that we’ve ever tested. It would be a significant upgrade to a laptop that has a 7200rpm HDD in it, and a mind-blowing upgrade for a laptop that is saddled with a 5400rpm HDD.
Hybrid Storage Roundup: Seagate Momentus XT vs. OCZ RevoDrive Hybrid vs. Intel Z68
5 December 2011
Excerpt: Back in 2006, storage tech talk was intermittently buzzy with a few different innovations. One was wrapped around the pending release of Windows Vista, particularly two bullets on its feature list: ReadyBoost and ReadyDrive.
Summary: The Momentus XT 750GB is a more refined hybrid solution than its 500GB predecessor. The flash memory still only works as a read cache, but it's bigger, faster, and being used to greater effect.
Conclusion: The first generation Momentus XT impressed us with its ability to improve system performance without sacrificing storage space. Naturally, we had high hopes with the 750GB Momentus XT. The result–the 750GB Momentus XT delivers.
Pros: 8GB of onboard NAND for caching, Excellent performance gain over last generatin drive, Good price/GB ratio, 4K sector, 750GB of storage space, 5 year warranty
Cons: Slightly higher power consumption, $100 more than the 500GB Momentus XT and other 750GB drives
Summary: It’s been interesting to see Seagate refine its hybrid SSD drives and improve upon the software aspect of things. The Seagate momentus XT is the perfect answer to the speed vs capacity problem that a huge computing population has, namely “they want it all”: capacity, small form factor (2.5” for...