Seagate Momentus XT 500GB Hybrid Hard Drive Review

Author: AkG
Date: January 12, 2011
Product Name: Seagate Momentus XT 500GB
Part Number: ST95005620AS
Warranty: 5 Years
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Vista Start Up

When it comes to hard drive performance there is one area that even the most oblivious user notices: how long it takes to load the Operating System. While all the other tests were run with a Windows 7 operating system, this particular test uses another older test bed's “day to day” OS (copied over to our new testbed) which has accumulated a lot of crud over the months from installs and removals. We chose the Anti-Virus splash screen as our finish line as it is the last program to be loaded on start up.

As you can see, the Seagate Momentus XT really is a beast of a drive when it comes to real world performance. That 4GB of NAND started kicking in on about the third reboot and by the time we had gotten to about six reboots, the time had stabilized at fifty seven seconds. While it still trails even entry level (and older generation) Solid State Drives it does come awfully darn close AND you get a boat load more storage capacity.

Adobe CS5 Load Time

Photoshop is a notoriously slow loading program under the best of circumstances, and while the latest version is actually pretty decent, when you add in a bunch of extra brushes and the such you get a really great torture test which can bring even the best of the best to their knees. Let’s see how our review unit faired in the Adobe crucible.

Once again the Seagate Momentus is able to come within spitting distance of similarly priced SSDs. Sure it can't tie even the smallest SandForce Solid State drive, but the fact that ANY spindle based drive can come this close is impressive.

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