Seagate Momentus XT 500GB  is the fastest hard drive

Seagate introduced a technology that finally bridges the gap between the fast SSD and the huge space of HDD. This is ideal for those notebook users’ enthusiasts who don’t have an extra drive bay for additional drive.

There are two options to attain the speed limit that you want, first get a super fast and expensive SSD but suffer from low disk space. Second, get a high rotational speed mechanical hard drive but suffers from being noisy, overheat and draw much power. This often leads to hard drive failure and hard drive recovery needs.

Seagate solve these problems by creating a hybrid drive by getting the speed of the SSD at the same time having a huge storage. This is good news to anyone who doesn’t like the idea of having two hard drives at the same time. With buying both SSD as your boot drive and mechanical drive as your storage will cost you too much penny.

The Momentus XT is a 2.5 inch drive that uses both the Nand memory from SSD and a mechanical drive. The mechanical drive spins the disk at regular speed of 7200rpm with a capacity of 500GB in a 3GB/s SATA interface. This perfectly fits all notebooks and can also be used for desktop PC.

What Makes It Fast

The Seagate Momentus uses a 4GB SSD that serves as a huge cache memory aside from its 32MB buffer. The 4GB SSD memory are used to store your most frequently accessed programs such as games, Adobe Photoshop and MS office. This also includes the operating system you’re using.

Seagate called this special algorithm technique as the Adaptive Memory Technology. With this kind of technology, this makes it a lot faster to load those programs because it is merely stored on the SSD memory without the needs to pull out from the hard drive disk. As a result, it gains up to 40 to 50 percent in speed, windows loading time will boost twice faster than regular mechanical drive.

The only problem arises here is that, if the user is frequently changes his data access. The 4GB memory acts only as a read only, you can never write on it. In short, there’s no way you can choose what you like to put in it. The drive does only analyze your access pattern and writes it on the SSD for the most frequently used data.

Seagate Momentus XT In Action

In PC mark vantage test, we can expect a performance in between the real SSD and HDD. This means that, the SSD still on leads speed but close enough and by far shows vast improvements compare with the HDD.

Everybody wants a fast windows boot up, admittedly we don’t have the patience to wait for long a time to load the OS so that we can start using it immediately. We can notice it clearly in the windows startup test a tremendous gains of 40 percent. It means that, a typical 60 seconds booting time will take you only 36 minutes.

In a sequential read/write operation, the 4GB NAND memory seems to be useless in this case. This fairly operates only as a regular 7200rpm hard drive. Even though without the NAND memory, the Momentus XT still shows a faster speed compare with other conventional 2.5 inch drive.


The Seagate Momentus XT shows a solid performance and very dependable drive. The hybrid technology it offers results in a vast improvement in speed but, some of its minor disadvantages are also clearly seen. Seagate’s main purpose is to create the fastest drive with large capacity, and I should say that they become successful in this area by beating all traditional hard drive with 500GB of storage capacity.

The inclusion of 4GB SLC NAND memory on the drive is a brilliant idea, although it’s only a small amount this alone makes a huge difference in speed. Compare with the high-speed rpm VelociRaptor, the Momentus has taken all the advantage with low power, quieter and cooler.

This drives are for those who wants speed and large disk space combined in a single drive as well as for notebook users. The boot up process and running your daily program applications are absolutely fast, this makes everybody happy.

Computer parts are currently being sold in almost any online store. With this in mind, you will have to be careful when you are planning on purchasing the same. For starters, you will need to know the source you are buying your parts from before you make a decision. In the present day, unscrupulous dealers have penetrated several online stores including those that have a good reputation good example of such a store is eBay. Despite it being one of the most trustworthy suppliers, there are scammers and conmen who have infiltrated the same.


How to be careful when buying from eBay

If you wish to purchase computer parts from a reputed online store such as eBay, there are some factors you should take into consideration. As a high ranking store, eBay has put into place some protocols that will assist any prospective buyer when they want to purchase anything from their store.


One of these protocols is the seller review / rating you can view on each seller’s profile. The ratings / reviews are done according to the satisfaction that the buyer received when they were sold goods by the said seller. For this protocol to work, every buyer has to leave a review, whether positive or negative, regarding the experience they had with a particular seller. They have to rate things such as the cost of the goods, the service delivery and the authenticity of the goods they received.


For example, if a seller was selling a computer memory card and sated that it was 1GB, an interested buyer will pay for the same. Once they have paid, the seller will be required to ship the good(s) to him / her within a stipulated time frame. Once the buyer has received what they paid for, they will need to go back to the site and rate the seller using a number of criteria. Basically, they will rate the seller according to the condition(s) of the product, its efficiency and the time it took for the product to be delivered.


This system is effective as it will allow the buyer recommend or discourage the buyer to other sellers. The system is effective as it will help any future buyers to know if the seller they want to buy from is actually trustworthy or not. For instance, if you buy a computer part that was faulty or was not what you had initially ordered, you can use the review and rating platform to state the same. A future buyer interested in buying the same from the said seller will refrain from doing so because of the information and poor review you gave the buyer who sold you what you did not want.


The last reason why you should be careful when buying computer parts from eBay is the fact that there has been an influx of generic products (imitations) from the said site. Even legitimate sellers are opting to buy generic parts and selling them because they are cheaper than their original counterparts. If you are not careful, you may end up purchasing a memory stick that has a similar name to that which you use, but it is actually from a different company. Always be on the lookout and take into consideration the reviews of sellers before purchasing any computer part on eBay.