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: IMPORTANT: Although the rating and final score mentioned in this conclusion are made to be as objective as possible, please be advised that every author perceives these factors differently at various points in time. While we each do our best to ensure that all aspects of the product are considered, there are often times unforeseen market conditions and manufacturer changes which occur after publication that could render our rating obsolete.
Pros: All-in-one Hybrid storage solution does not require software, Outperforms PCI-Express hybrid solutions in boot and file transfers, Seagate Adaptive Memory tech buffers data for SSD responsiveness, 5-Year full Seagate product warranty, Large 750GB hybrid storage capacity, Extremely high HDD operational shock durability, Supports Native Command Queuing and SMART, SSD Failure does not effect preserved HDD data, 3rd-Generation SATA 6Gb/s compliant
Cons: Lacks comparable IOPS operational performance to SSDs, Expensive hybrid storage solution (post-facility flooding), Hard disk would benefit from 64MB DRAM buffer
Seagate’s newest hybrid hard drive is a legitimate alternative to an SSD at a much lower cost
Good Gear Guide.au
29 July 2011
Summary: Seagate’s latest iteraton of its hybrid hard drive combines 8GB of super-fast flash memory with a traditional spinning hard drive, allowing excellent read speeds for commonly accessed hard drive data like boot files. It’s only a small amount more expensive than a normal laptop hard drive with no disadvantages.
Pros: Good speeds, especially cached data, Low price per gigabyte versus SSDs
Cons: Advantage tapers off with large amounts of random reads, More expensive than previous Momentus XT generation, High price