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Topic # 68351 20-Sep-2010 09:53
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Has anyone had a play with Seagate's Momentus XT?

I'm contemplating whether I should replace a 2 years old laptop's Samsung HM320JI 320GB SATA hard drive with something like that...

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  Reply # 382156 20-Sep-2010 10:50
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Yeah I have, but I think it's worth just spending the money on a actual SSD.
Less Power use, faster etc.

Have a external drive as your "data" drive.




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  Reply # 382322 20-Sep-2010 15:52
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Haven't tried one personally but it looks perfect for when you want >128GB of space when you are limited to 1x 2.5" drive like in work laptop.

Externals are fairly slow and can be annoying to lug around (although esata and usb3 are decent speed wise).

 
 
 
 


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  Reply # 382903 21-Sep-2010 21:47
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Take a look at Jeff Attwood's blog (Coding Horror) on the subject Revisiting Solid State Hard Drives where he mentions the Momentus XT at the bottom as a cheaper alternative to SSD.

http://www.codinghorror.com/blog/2010/09/revisiting-solid-state-hard-drives.html

Not sure if the cheaper 320GB Momentus XT is available here at the moment though.

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  Reply # 383015 22-Sep-2010 08:53
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On3 reviewed one not so long ago.

http://forums.on3network.co.nz/index.php/topic,75130.0.html





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  Reply # 391601 13-Oct-2010 23:30
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The WD Vraptor is another alternative you might want to consider

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  Reply # 391604 14-Oct-2010 00:04
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The vraptor isn't usually an option as it's really a 3.5 inch drive as it requires the large heatsink around it.  So it is not suitable for laptops at all. 

I have a momentus xt 500gb in my macbook pro and it seems a decent step up from a HDD, I was upgrading from a 5400rpm drive and although I wouldn't say the XT is near to an SSD (I haven't used a SSD).  After it has learned things,  boot time from pressing the power button to desktop in 20 seconds, safari opens almost instantly, photoshop loads in 1/3rd the time of the old HDD.  

You have to remember though that it's 4gb SSD part is a limited resource and it needs to learn what you do commonly to populate it.  So in a lot of benchmarks like random read etc, it will act like a standard 7200rpm disk.

I also don't know how much you have to do to thrash out your data from the SSD part, but I gather dual booting would negatively effect the caching ability.

There was no way I was going to carry an extra drive around everywhere and a SSD large enough was not in my budget.  I needed a bigger HDD and the XT has the space and the price was reasonable.
 

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  Reply # 392057 15-Oct-2010 06:41
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mikerussellnz: The vraptor isn't usually an option as it's really a 3.5 inch drive as it requires the large heatsink around it.  So it is not suitable for laptops at all. 

I have a momentus xt 500gb in my macbook pro and it seems a decent step up from a HDD, I was upgrading from a 5400rpm drive and although I wouldn't say the XT is near to an SSD (I haven't used a SSD).  After it has learned things,  boot time from pressing the power button to desktop in 20 seconds, safari opens almost instantly, photoshop loads in 1/3rd the time of the old HDD.  

You have to remember though that it's 4gb SSD part is a limited resource and it needs to learn what you do commonly to populate it.  So in a lot of benchmarks like random read etc, it will act like a standard 7200rpm disk.

I also don't know how much you have to do to thrash out your data from the SSD part, but I gather dual booting would negatively effect the caching ability.

There was no way I was going to carry an extra drive around everywhere and a SSD large enough was not in my budget.  I needed a bigger HDD and the XT has the space and the price was reasonable.
 


Pardon me. Missed out the part about using it for a laptop.

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