Tuesday, November 29th 2011

Seagate Announces Momentus XT Solid-State Hybrid Hard Drive for Notebooks

Seagate is now shipping the second generation of Momentus XT, its groundbreaking solid state hybrid drive for consumer and commercial laptops and the company’s fastest drive ever for personal computers. With a simple drive upgrade, users can boost boot-up speed and overall performance to turbo-charge their laptop PC. Seven original equipment manufacturers are gearing up to ship laptops powered by the Momentus XT drive. The drive is now available at online retailers Amazon, Canada Computers, CDW, Memory Express, NCIX, Newegg, and TigerDirect.

Powering the Momentus XT drive are Seagate’s Adaptive Memory and FAST Factor technologies. Adaptive Memory technology works by identifying data usage patterns, and then moving the most frequently retrieved information to solid state memory for faster access. Adaptive Memory effectively tailors hard drive performance to each user and the applications they use. FAST Factor technology blends the strengths of SSDs and hard disk drives for faster access to applications, quicker bootup and higher overall system speed.

“Laptop users want faster access to all of their content, from gaming, music and video to spreadsheets and documents, creating strong demand for the highest performance,” said Scott Horn, vice president of Worldwide Marketing at Seagate. “Seagate is excited to answer this need with a second-generation Momentus XT drive that delivers solid state drive (SSD) speed, greater storage capacity and easy installation at an affordable price.”

“High-speed storage devices make a difference when it comes to improving overall PC performance,” said John Rydning, research vice president at IDC. “Seagate’s newest Momentus XT drive gives notebook PC users an economical option for boosting PC performance while at the same time providing spacious storage capacity all in one device.”

Momentus XT – Meeting the need for speed
The Momentus XT drive is nearly 70 percent faster than the prior Momentus drive version and up to three times faster than a traditional hard disk drive while providing 750GB of storage capacity. The Momentus XT hard drive’s Serial ATA 6Gb/second interface and 8 gigabytes of Single Level Cell NAND flash double the interface and NAND read-write speed of the previous generation. The all-in-one design of Momentus XT drive makes installation and upgrading simple and easy for any laptop or desktop computer and with any operating system.

The Momentus XT drive is now shipping in volume worldwide. Manufacturer’s Suggesting Retail Pricing (MSRP) for Momentus XT 750GB is $245.

Join a Seagate webinar for a chance to win a laptop powered by Momentus XT
Learn more about solid state hybrid drive technology and Seagate’s new Momentus XT drive by joining a live webcast on Tuesday, December 6, at 11 a.m. PST. Sign up for a chance to win a high-performance laptop powered by Momentus XT here.

Tuning Momentus XT for Optimal Performance
The hard drive industry is transitioning from the current 512-byte sector standard to a newer Advanced Format 4K (4096-byte) sector size that helps maintain data integrity at higher storage densities and capacities. Momentus XT takes advantage of this newer Advanced Format 4K standard and is already tuned for optimal performance on the latest PC operating systems.

Momentus XT customers can easily optimize Momentus XT to work with Windows XP and older versions of Microsoft Windows with a few simple steps. Please visit this page on the Seagate web site to determine if Momentus XT is already tuned for your operating system version and how to do so if needed.
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9 Comments on Seagate Announces Momentus XT Solid-State Hybrid Hard Drive for Notebooks

#1
hhumas
that's cheap ordinary WD SATA Black 1TB 64 MB cache is 135$ in PK
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#2
RejZoR
Does defragmenting this drive messes its FLASH cache like it did on older Momentus XT models?
Because if it still does, i see little sense in this. I'm thinking of replacing my ordinary Momentus 7200.4 for the latest XT model but if it still has this problem it's a no go.

Also how noisy are these XT drives? My current Momentus is dreadfully noisy with its clicking noise compared to stock WD Scorpio Blue.
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#3
Sinzia
I have the 500 GB old versions of these in 2 drive raid 0, and they're damn fast... I wonder how much faster these are?
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#5
Gjohnst4
Is it still just 4gb of flash? I was hoping the second generation would increase the amount. My 500gb does run very well, I was pleased with the performance for $89.99
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robertc
by: btarunr
The Momentus XT hard drive’s Serial ATA 6Gb/second interface and 8 gigabytes of Single Level Cell NAND flash double the interface and NAND read-write speed of the previous generation.
by: Gjohnst4
Is it still just 4gb of flash? I was hoping the second generation would increase the amount. My 500gb does run very well, I was pleased with the performance for $89.99
To answer your question, no. It's 8GB.
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Gjohnst4
by: robertc
To answer your question, no. It's 8GB.
That's what i get for reading on my phone; missing the obvious :banghead:
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