Summary: It's a hard drive and 30 days later it hasn't failed. That's good, but nothing to write home about. As for the performance of the drive, most of the time it is identical to a regular 7200 RPM HDD with no SSD component. I believe this is probably due to the fact that the SSD component is sized too small to provide a more significant - and more persistent - performance boost.
Summary: Warning!!!! If you use Adobe or any other Graphic design program do not use this type of Hard Drive. You need to read Adobes forums on HDs and what they have found with even SSDs. This was one of the worst HDs I have ever used and wont be using a Seagate again, I am actually liking the longevity of my WD caviar blacks.
Summary: Noy as expensive as an SSD and having almost 85% of its speed, as long as they dont get cheaper, Hybrid disks are the perfect balance on speed and space. IF you have the money go for an SSD, if you need lots of space go for HDD. One tip: start making less space and moving your documents to the cloud as the future looks small in space in exchange of speed.
Summary: When I compare this SSHD rated at 7200 rpm with my other SSHD rated at 5400 rpm I could not detect any difference. Just my observation and not a scientific or lab-based comparison.
Pros: Somewhat leery about buying a refurb drive because I've been burnt before. So far, not on this one. I bought this at Newegg when there was add'l discount and free-shipping. Installed it on a Dell Latitude E4300 and loaded Windows 8.1 64-bit. I was able to configure AHCI on setup and Windows recognized it as a new drive. The old drive was an older SATA 7200 rpm and configured as IDE. The speed gained and overall performance was impressive. And with 500GB the increased ...
Cons: It's a refurb product and makes me uneasy about it. But more of a peace of mind factor that anything else.
Summary: The warranty is listed as being 90 days on the NewEgg site. However, when I keyed in the serial number at the Seagate site it listed the warranty as being valid until April 23, 2014 which is more like 6 months warranty.
Pros: Drive contains 4 GB of flash memory along with 32 MB of cache memory. As the drive operates it stores the most frequently used applications in the flash memory making some things super fast. The most frequently used files would include those things that are used each time the machine boots up so eventually the machine will boot up very quickly. The regular cache is used with the conventional drive making it respond much like any other 7200 RPM drive.