Seagate launches new Momentus XT hybrid drive

By on November 29, 2011, 10:30 AM

Seagate has begun shipping the next generation of its Momentus XT solid-state hybrid drives, improving upon its predecessor with faster speeds and increased capacity. Whereas the original drive featured a 500GB HDD paired to 4GB of SLC NAND flash and a SATA 3.0 interface, today's update brings a maximum storage capacity of 750GB, with 8GB of SLC NAND flash, and a faster SATA 6.0Gbps interface.

Much of the underlying technology is similar, but Seagate has tweaked its hybrid data management tools and adaptive memory algorithms to boost performance. The latter monitors what applications and data are first loaded into a system and then "learns" to place that data on the SSD for faster read speeds.

Besides these enhancements, Seagate has added what it calls FAST Boot, which cuts a computer's boot time in half compared to the previous generation Momentus XT. The feature basically sets aside a small portion of the solid-state cache for data used during the boot process, where it will remain for the life of the drive, so that your system always boots from flash and not the Momentus XT's spinning disk.

All in all Seagate says the new Momentus XT drive should be around 70% faster than the first iteration, and up to three times faster than traditional HDDs. The 750GB drive is now shipping worldwide with a MSRP of $245.

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Burty117 Burty117, TechSpot Chancellor, said:

The drive is now shipping at $245, for what size drive? sounds like they have improved these quite a bit, will wait to see some reviews though.

herpaderp said:

Uh yeah nvm. Hope that price is for the 750GB and not a smaller drive.

Jos Jos said:

Yep, it's $245 for the 750GB version. The original price was supposed to be set at $189, but apparently was raised in light of the HDD shortages.

Chazz said:

Are you guys gonna review this drive? I'm very interested in the results.

Gars Gars said:

same here - interested and waiting for review

Ubwarcher07 said:

Just recently bought the first gen 500gb too >.< But definitely interested in the benchmarks for these.

VitalyT VitalyT said:

Hasn't it been review enough yet?





Chazz said:

I prefer techspot reviews!

Placeholder Placeholder said:

Wow, I like this. This is something I would have done if I would have thought of it first.

How about making a magic cable that hybridizes my SSD with my existing hardrive? It would probably cost $246.00 tho...

captainawesome captainawesome said:

It sounds good ! Review asap pls TS. I prefer ur reviews too

Per Hansson Per Hansson, TS Server Guru, said:

Placeholder; There already are such devices, none fit in a laptop though of course...

Guest said:

we used a lot of the 320GB XT drives this year to upgrade all our Lenovo laptops from their original 5,400rpm models. Massive difference in boot times with XP and actual day to day use in the office and travelling/hibernating. Win 7 systems were slightly better with the hybrid drives. Good solution if you can't stretch the budget for SSD's.

Will get one of the new ones when the prices stabilise, sounds very promising, my Win 7 laptop would like these.

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