deals500gb seagate momentus xt hybrid drive 2.5" for…


Well, it does have 4GB solid state memory so it contains some SSD in it but not much.


@cengland0: Yeah, but I misread newegg's title last time and thought it was an SSD . . . I missed the word "hybrid" when I posted, and some helpful Wooters corrected me. So I re-posted (it was past the point that I could edit) and made it clear that it's not an pure SSD. :)


I bought this drive for my 13" macbook pro, and it works great! the 4 gb of flash memory definitely makes a difference with startup times and the launching of applications. What the drive does is it uses special algorithms to determine the most used files on the system, and it caches copies of those files so that they are available to use almost instantly, thereby negating the need of the drive heads to "seek" out the files.


Was going to get this because my HDD/ HDD cable kept dying. But then I convinced Apple to exchange my MBP for an MBA, after 5 repairs 5 months into the warranty. Win! :D


FYI > This is SATA 2.0

Second generation SATA interfaces running at 3.0 Gbit/s shipped in high volume by 2010, and were prevalent in all SATA disk drives and most PC and server chipsets. With a native transfer rate of 3.0 Gbit/s, and taking 8b/10b encoding into account, the maximum uncoded transfer rate is 2.4 Gbit/s (300 MB/s). The theoretical burst throughput of SATA 3.0 Gbit/s is roughly double that of SATA revision 1.

I have a SATA 2.0 and SATA 3.0 and will NEVER go back to SATA 2.0.


You can get a SATA III, that is double the speed, and 750GB for the same price...

Sure it doesn't have the SSD, but you're making up for it since you're trading SATA II to SATA III speed.


@pbsoko, SATA III devices have a theoretical maximum throughput of 6 Gb/s, SATA II has a theoretical maximum throughput of 3 Gb/s.

This does not mean a SATA III drive is twice as fast as SATA II, it mean it can be at maximum output.

Usually only SSD's can max out SATA II's bandwidth. An average 7200 RPM drive usually maxes out at 80 MB/s, which is nearly 1 Gb/s, or about a third of SATA II's total bandwidth. This means you can usually have 3 hard drives running max bandwidth on SATA II before it gets maxed out.

This hybrid drive will be way faster than a non-hybrid, even if the non-hybrid uses SATA III.

Also, unless you have a motherboard that supports SATA III (which is rather new), SATA III will behave like SATA II devices.

Additionally, the drive you recommend is a 3.5" drive, and this one is 2.5". This one will fit in laptops, your recommendation will not.


Good price. 30 less than amazon.

Looking for a PS3 drive upgrade, and I hear these work well. Was in the market for a 500-750 gb...Sold.


@breaddrink: The PS3 doesn't benefit from an SSD or a hybrid drive, as counter-intuitive as that might be. A cheap 5400 RPM drive does the job as well as anything else.


I Heard conflicting things about this.
Some claimed it did (the solid state aspect not the rpms) and also ran cooler.

At this price I'm going to check it out :D


@malfist: I love SSD technology; typical HD's have mechanical limitations. All I'm saying is that the bottleneck will be the SATA II connectors. I wouldn't buy one of these for SATA III capable motherboard. If you have an older machine then sure, otherwise hold out for SATA III and for the price to drop.


I have this drive in my 15" MBP and I love it. It definitely makes a difference. You do have to give it a little time to "learn" your system and figure out which files/apps to keep on the flash partition.

I never noticed any increase in drive noise or heat either.

I also paid considerably more than this for mine (which is also a 500GB). I think I paid closer to $150.


Anyone have any idea what this bumps the windows experience index number up to?
This drive in general, not the 2.5" necessarily.

I'm stuck on 5.9 because of my regular sata, and everything else is in the 7's.


@breaddrink: Mine was 5.9. I tried it on a desktop. I saw no real benefit so I returned it.


Without a TRUE SSD, you're not really going to get above 5.9. Windows caps the limit at 5.9 for any hard matter the performance. WEI isn't really very useful. Plus, you can just hack it and give yourself 7.9's across the board :D

pbsoko: Sata II vs Sata III is 3GB/s vs 6GB/s of MAX throughput. HDD's struggle to hit 5% of Sata II's max speed. Also, malfist's math is wrong. 80MB/s is typical HDD speed, but it's only 2.6% of SATA II max speed. Even this Momentus XT is only 3.6% of the maximum throughput


I have two 15" 2010 Macbook Pros, each with one of these drives and they've been excellent. I've definitely noticed boosts in performance and battery life over the stock 5400RPM Apple drives.

There's also a 750GB version now, but looks like there's no promo code for that one.


The 4gb flash storage is used as a cache/buffer for faster boot and load times. Most home users wouldnt be able to take advantage of SATA III anyway unless its going to be in a server or some sort of networked storage. This is a good deal for most people.


@vzamora: You are wrong, @pbsoko was correct. You are getting confused with bits & bytes, in the same way people do with internet connection speeds. 3 Gbits/s (or taking into account 8b & 10b encoding which actually makes the max uncoded transfer rate 2.4 Gbits/s)is actually 300MB/s (Megabytes) for Sata II and around 600MB/s for Sata III (6 Gbits/s). Note: a 'bit' is different to a 'byte'. Now re-do your math with these figures.

Think about what you said, if that was the case they would be absolutely no need for Sata III. Sata II would be a heck of lot more than anyone needs right now. 5 times faster than what Sata III 'actually' is.

So to keep it simple, max speeds (in Megabytes (MB) - you were working in MB) are as follows:

Sata II - 300MB/s
Sata III - 600MB/s


"pbsoko: Sata II vs Sata III is 3GB/s vs 6GB/s of MAX throughput. HDD's struggle to hit 5% of Sata II's max speed. Also, malfist's math is wrong. 80MB/s is typical HDD speed, but it's only 2.6% of SATA II max speed. Even this Momentus XT is only 3.6% of the maximum throughput"

@vzamora: Also, @malfist's math is bang on. Like i showed you above, it is your math that is wrong.

You really shouldn't post comments like that when you don't know the correct facts. If you are going to talk about something you don't truly understand, at least make the effort to research it a little, so you don't look dumb.

I do agree with you on one thing, the WEI is not the best way to rate your systems. The hack bit however is just pointless, unless you just want to 'fake' it for your friends. All front and no substance, kind of like your post ;-)

Ohh, am i in a bad mood today :-P


Got one last week +$30 :-(.

If you don't want the $30 discount, check out the bundles:

I got Parallels with mine.


I have a Momentus XT installed in this laptop right now. It GREATLY speeds up my load times in League of Legends (the game I play the most right now) and on Minecraft when I play it locally.

Here's the skinny of the situation: If you own a laptop that only has space for one internal drive, want a good amount of storage, and want to also have fast load times on your most common applications this is the drive for you.

If you have space for two internal hard drives, then I suggest getting an SSD and a storage drive. This is a fantastic solution for single HDD laptops.


Awesome. I've been waiting for a deal on one of these.


Just bought one. There is an instant rebate of $20, then you use the code to get the $30 additional rebate. SWEET.


Swear I'm not trying to start a fight, but does anyone know of any info where someone is claiming this doesn't improve speeds significantly on a PS3?

I can only find information from amateur sources whom all say it does speed things up significantly.

Itching to find out. Particularly with Skyrim. The masses of loading times are painful. I'm thinking if it's going to show on anything, it'll be that as I use it constantly at the moment.