Pros It is power efficient, quiet and performs very well
Cons Not as fast as a full blown SSD and speed is not consistent. It depends on whether the data you want is on the 4GB NAND flash or not.
Summary Here is the official Seagate Momentus XT SD26 firmware update. SD26 is the latest version of the drive's firmware as of the end of August, 2011.
Windows version (easiest):
Bootable iso version:
Pros Loads a few programs about 10% faster than normal, boots up faster than normal (with the caveat below.)
Cons Everything else takes twice as long to load since the HDD spins at a medium-slow rate.
It will randomly stop accepting input as it shuffles data between the HDD and SSD. It does this for about 20 seconds, about two minutes after booting up, *every single
Summary *Peak* performance might be measurably higher than a pure-HDD, but the combined overall performance is the same as a high-speed HDD, for a significantly higher price. I wouldn't recommend it for anyone who does more than one or two things on their computer... basically, anyone who'll need more than 4GB worth of OS and programs (not including data storage.)
Pros I am not qualified to give any other than saying, it works, i have it installed on my MBP for two months. I also have install in a Mac Mini and it boots in 10 seconds.
Cons None I can find
Pros Fast, very fast.
Cons Upgrading to SD24 isn't for the faint of heart nor for those without a backup.
Summary My platform is a Dell D630, A17 Firmware, with Windows 7 x64. It out-performs the newer E6400's my company is buying. It's not as fast as the 128G SSD, but I'm not going to run out of space, either.
I've proposed a life extension plan to my IT group that consists of D630's, these drives and Windows 7 x64. I think they can do it for less than $250.
Pros Faster boot times.
Cons Laptop frequently goes to sleep since hard drive installed.No boot device detected intermittently also.
Summary Would not recommend and Seagate technical support blames my PC and BIOS, even though it worked fine with my previous 5400 RPM HDD. I did a clean install of WIN7 64bit Home Premium in case it was corrupted but still same issue.Upgraded firmware and worked better for a few days then same problem.
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