Summary: I don't write reviews but I feel forced to do it this time because users should be warned. I bought this as a replacement drive for my Macbook White (Late 2009) and I must admit that after two weeks you really notice the overall performance improvement in your computer (much less beach ball...
Summary: I have a Dell XPS-17 with 14GB of RAM and the 3GB video card - With dual 750 Momentus XT drives spinning at 7200rpm, my system rated at 7.2 under Win7, but that dropped to 5.9 after adding dual ST1000LM014's as these are spinning at 5200rpm.
The drive does come with the latest firmware (SM30) which is known to be pretty stable.
Amazon Customer, Amazon
27 May 2015
Summary: Drive is a 5400RPM drive that claims to be 5 times faster than a standard 7200RPM drive due to its 8GB flash component and 64MB cache. This doesn't seem to be the case for me. My boot up seems quite a bit slower than the 7200RPM Stock drive I took out of the laptop. Applications seem to load slower.
Summary: Used as the main drive in my Gaming rig but doesn't have the power to keep games running. I have decent specs but games freeze after an hour or two - likely because this drive can't take the stress.
Summary: This drive will certainly increase the boot time of your laptop. MIne went from two minutes to well under 30 seconds booting into Windows 7. And yes, other programs may well boot quicker also. However, don't expect it to speed up your PC other than starting programs quicker because it won't.
Summary: I bought this thinking that the 64mb cache was something other than the solid state portion. In my research I read that Seagate Hybrid drives typically have 8gb solid state portion, this hard drive has only 64mb.
Summary: Drive was ordered for replacement of a drive in a defective Apple Laptop. Not my equipment so I will not have day to day experience of the product. It arrived on time, was as advertised, and worked when installed. Seems fast and quiet but with an item like this only time and experience will tell.