"Total unreliable PC-killing garbage - by design!"0.5 starson by Mordanti
Pros: When it DID work, it cut boot times by about half and general day-to-day( non-video )use was very snappy. The laptop woke from sleep almost instantly and was a joy to use. Probably what it would have been like with the SSD I SHOULD have bought...
Cons: - won't wake from sleep mode due to defective APM firmware; updates don't fix this
- for twice the price I could have had a low-end SSD without all these problems!
Summary: ---> as admin.dns mentions here, just Google 'Momentus XT problems' and get an eyeful of them all !
Bought drive in Nov 2010, started having issues with my Gateway 6864 FX not waking from sleep mode in Win7-64bit after 2 weeks. As it was past the 30 day NCIX return limit, I finally dealt with Seagate for a warranty exchange. Replacement drive worked fine for a week, then did EXACT same thing... only NOW my laptop refuses to boot or save my BIOS settings. CMOS clearing, different SATA drives and tech support visits to no effect; I now have a dead drive AND a dead laptop. Thanks for nothing, Seagate... not to mention the 60+ hours I've spent scouring forums, calling tech support and swapping drives to no effect.
Bottom line: DO NOT BUY this hybrid drive unless you are prepared for the consequences. Cutting-edge tech sometimes means you bleed, as is my case. I'm out $$ for the drive, and $$ for my was-perfectly-fine laptop that's now a brick.