Seagate Momentus XT

The Good The Seagate Momentus XT offers excellent performance at a price that's significantly lower than solid state drives (SSDs). It offers a larger capacity than SSDs and comes with a generous five-year warranty.

The Bad When compared with traditional hard drives, the Momentus XT is more expensive and currently caps at 500GB. The drive doesn't support the new SATA 6Gbps data transfer rate.

The Bottom Line The Momentus XT is an excellent replacement for traditional laptop hard drives. It offers large capacities and SSD-like performance at a fraction of the cost.

Editors' Rating
8.8 Overall

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Review

Seagate Momentus XT

May 2010

The Seagate Momentus XT is the ideal choice for those who have been searching for a hard drive that offers the performance of a solid state drive without the premium price. With a street price of around at $135 for the 500GB version, the Momentus XT is just a fraction of the cost of an SSD, and delivers more capacity for your dollar.

Compared with conventional hard drives, the Momentus offers a significant boost in performance by incorporating 4GB of flash memory. The new hybrid hard drive has a built-in algorithm that automatically relocates frequently accessed data on the flash memory area, therefore boosting the device's overall performance over time.

Though about 50 percent more expensive than traditional high-speed 2.5-inch hard drives of the same standard and capacity, we found that the Seagate Momentus XT is worth the investment for its added performance.

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Specs / Prices

  • MSRP $135
  • Brand Seagate Technology
  • Capacity 500 GB
  • Hard Drive Type internal hard drive
  • Interface Type Serial ATA-300
  • Form Factor 2.5" x 1/8H
  • Buffer Size 32 MB
  • Average Seek Time 11 ms
  • Spindle Speed 7200 rpm
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