is constantly looking for ways to improve their storage solutions, with a keen focus on higher capacities and increased transfer speeds. While solid state drives are the king for speed, if you need a large amount of storage, they are very expensive. An example of this would be that it would presently cost you about $900 for a 600GB SSD. Seagate has a solution to this issue... a hybrid drive integrating SSD technology with a traditional hard drive. Seagate states that this integration, along with their Adaptive Memory technology, provides the speed of an SSD with the capacity of a typical hard drive.
Before we take a look at what the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid drive can do, let's take a look at what Seagate tells us on their official product page
Momentus XT solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) fuse the blazing speed of SSD with the high capacity of a hard drive. Powered by Seagate Adaptive Memory technology, SSHD dramatically improves boot times and application speed, unleashing your system's performance.
» Boots and performs like an SSD
» Up to 3× faster than a traditional HDD
» Installs like a typical hard drive, and works with any standard laptop and major OS
» SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ for interface speed
» Size: 750GB
» Form Factor: 2.5"
» Interface Options: SATA 6Gb/s
Spindle Speed (RPM): 7200
Cache (MB): 32
Transfer Rate, Max Ext (MB/s): 600
Sustained Data Rate OD: 1.23Gb/s
Average Latency (ms): 4.20
» Reliability/Data Integrity:
Nonrecoverable Read Errors per Bits Read: 1 in 10^14
Annualized Failure Rate (AFR): 0.5%
» Power Management:
Seek, Typical Operating (W): 1.3, 3.3
Idle, Typical Operating (W): 1.1
Operating: 0° to 60°C
Non-operating: -40° to 70°C
Operating: Gs (ms) 350 (2ms)
Non-operating: Gs (ms) 1000 (1ms)
» Acoustics (bels - sound power):
Height (in/mm): 0.378/9.7, 0.370/9.5
Width (in/mm): 2.76/70.10, 2.750/69.85
Length (in/mm): 3.959/100.55, 3.949/100.30
Weight (lb/g): 0.253/115
While Bigbruin.com is taking a look at the 750GB model, there is also a 500GB model with slightly different specifications. The 500GB model offers a SATA II (3Gbps) interface instead of SATA III (6Gbps), and the SLC NAND cache size is 4GB instead of 8GB.