|Seagate Momentus-XT Solid State Hybrid Drive|
|Reviews - Featured Reviews: Storage|
|Written by Olin Coles|
|Monday, 24 May 2010|
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SSD Hybrid Features
Today's high-performance SSDs for mobile computing cost several hundred dollars more than standard laptop hard disk drives of the same capacity, with the price of a 250GB SSD outstripping even the cost of some mainstream laptop PCs. Many organizations and consumers are unwilling or unable to pay the high price for the greater speed and quiet operations of SSDs. Raising the barrier even higher, SSDs offer fewer capacity options than hard disk drives and no advantage in extending the battery life of a laptop.
The new Seagate Momentus XT hard drive combines a 7200RPM spin speed, 4 Gigabytes of solid state flash and Seagate's Adaptive Memory - a groundbreaking Seagate technology that moves frequently used information into flash memory for faster access. Momentus XT - a 2.5-inch, 9mm drive with a top capacity of 500GB - boots up to 40 percent faster than traditional 7200RPM notebook drives and sets new performance benchmarks for gaming, multi-media enhanced and high-end laptops and workstations as well as high performance external backup enclosures.
The Seagate Adaptive Memory algorithm works by identifying patterns in how often certain digital data is used. It then moves the most frequently retrieved information to flash memory for faster access than from the spinning disks - effectively tailoring hard drive performance to the user and applications. Momentus XT installs as easily as a traditional 9.5mm-high notebook drive for new systems or laptop upgrades and, unlike early hybrid drives, operates independently of the operating system and the motherboard chipset.
Key Features and Benefits
Seagate Adaptive Memory Technology
Customizes system performance to the user. Usage patterns are constantly monitored and updated for dynamically improved response times.
Momentus XT MSRP