Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Hybrid Hard Drive bridges the SSD gap

by Rafael Hernandez on May 24, 2010 · 0 comments

While solid state drives offer up crowd pleasing performance there’s a big issue with their price versus storage capacity aspect which is quite jarring once you start looking at the price tags.

The Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Hybrid Hard Drive comes in sporting the familiar platter design with a healthy dosage of solid state storage tacked on and tries to bridge that performance and storage gap. Legit Reviews has a look:

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. By doing this the Momentus XT feels like an SSD or 10,000RPM desktop hard drive as the data you are accessing is being accessed from the 4GB SLC NAND Flash chip and not from the platter.  The data is, of course, still on the platters, so even if the SLC NAND Flash ever fails or wears out you should still be able to access the data from the hard drive itself, which is really nice.

A nifty choice if you’re running a few applications on a daily basis which is usually the case for notebook computers.

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