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Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

  • Boots and performs like an SSD, PC& Mac Compatible
  • Up to 5× faster than a traditional 5400-RPM HDD
  • Height:7.0mm
  • 3-year limited warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • Anonymous
  • 7/23/2015 10:23:47 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsOk I guess...could be MUCH better with some small changes

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: Small and thin...will fit in any laptop. Does appear to be a bit faster (see other thoughts) than a standard 2.5" 7200rpm drive depending on the usage.
Price/performance is good.

Cons: Misleading performance figures. Very small MLC SSD 'cache', small memory cache, slow rotational speed.

Other Thoughts: While the drive does perform admirably for what it is...I honestly had higher expectations based on the marketing and various reviews. While it does speed up boot time, it didn't speed up that much. Nowhere near what even an average to lower end SSD will do.

If they increased the SSD portion from 8GB (that's just pidly) to say, 32GB, and increased the rotational speed to 7200rpm this drive would FLY.
As it is now, the only thing that's faster is what's stored in the 8GB SSD cache...everything else is actually SLOWER than the 7200rpm drive it replaced.

So yeah...the system boots faster...but that's about it...any other performance gains are marginal at best if not worse than before.

Price/performance is good though, and I suppose that's the reason for the small SSD cache and slow rotational speed. This drive would get a nice boost from just an increase in the rotational speed. 7200rpm is pretty mainstream these days....why go with something slower and try to make it marginally faster that what's already out there????

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  • Sean G.
  • 7/8/2015 8:38:59 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsAwesome Hybrid Drive

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: all the pros of an SSD, price of an HDD.

Cons: SSD section could be larger.

Other Thoughts: I have this in a old laptop. Under a normal boot up with old HDD 5400rpm, it too 43 seconds to boot into windows 7 and now with the new SSHDD, I boot up in 18 seconds. On contrast to this using a pure SSD take 4 sec to boot up and that's with a low end SSD worth twice as much and half the space.

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  • Matthew A.
  • 6/20/2015 3:50:25 PM
  • Tech Level: Average
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

4 out of 5 eggsNot thunderous speeds

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: boot speeds are fair after several reboots

good value

Cons: none so far

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  • Bob W.
  • 6/3/2015 2:41:40 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSimple Upgrade

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: Small, light weight with fast boot times

Cons: None yet

Other Thoughts: When I started getting a test failure from an OEM drive, it was time to look for a replacement. While this drive has a lower rotational speed than the OEM 7200 rpm drive, it makes up for it by booting about as fast as my wife's SSD drive laptop. Since the hybrid drive is a bit thinner than older drives, installation was a breeze.

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  • Ariel H.
  • 4/29/2015 8:45:06 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

2 out of 5 eggsHDD already failing

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: good price

Cons: After installing the HDD less than 6 mos ago, it has already crashed. When my PC tries to boot it will ask me to choose where I want to boot from and just keeps cycling through it.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Ariel,

We apologize for the problems experienced with your Laptop Hybrid SSHD drive. We would like to talk with you by phone to determine the root cause and available resolution to the problem. A support case (#04832794) has been created that will reference your review and our response. If from the US or Canada, our contact number for support is 800-732-4283. If outside of this region, or for additional support options, please try us here under Product Support (choose your region):

http://www.seagate.com/contacts/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • Tristan B.
  • 4/24/2015 10:04:17 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: more than 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsUsing for 2+ years - Great Quality & Value

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: Excellent speed, typically 3x faster in 'real life application' to that of a "traditional" 7200 rpm HDD.

After trying several 'pure' SSDs (different brands) over the years and having many of them fail numerous times; I will no longer use a SSD as the sole hard drive for a system. But of the 30+ drives purchased and put into customer and my own systems over a 2 year period of time; I have NOT HAD A SINGLE FAILURE YET!

I am completely sold on the dependability, speed, and value of these drives. Do yourself a favor and upgrade your laptop with a SSHD.

Cons: The only problem I have ever encountered, is not really a con but a design complication created by PC manufacturers:

These drives are on many occasions thinner (they are standard width and length, just shorter in height) than older style drives; so if the computer manufacturer designed their laptop for a thicker drive, it can cause a complication of padding the thinner drive to fit in the larger space.

Again, this is the PC manufacturer's design flaw, and not Seagate's for making larger capacity drives that are thinner and lighter.

Other Thoughts: I own an I.T. company and we have been using the solid state hybrid technology drives since they were first created and marketed by

Seagate in early 2013 and so far, they are still the best in the market.

Manufacturer Response:

Hello Tristan,

Thank you for taking the time to post a review of the 500GB Laptop SSHD drive. We are glad to read that you are enjoying the drive.

We did want to note that we make laptop SSHD drives in a variety of different heights (9.5, 7.0, 5.0 mm) to accommodate the various laptop dimensions. Here is a link to the drives:

http://goo.gl/bCVeRP

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our support staff and we will be happy to assist further:

http://www.seagate.com/contacts/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • John W.
  • 4/9/2015 8:13:04 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

3 out of 5 eggsOverrated - not anywhere near SSD speeds

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: Faster than IDE (that's not saying much). Good GB/$ ratio.

Cons: Far slower than SSD (advertised to be "as fast" as SSD when booting). Data transfer caps around 100MB/sec. This is comparable (or slower) than a standard SATA drive.

Other Thoughts: Pretty disappointed in the performance of this drive. Yes, it will be faster than your typical slow 5400RPM laptop drive - but the SSD-hybrid aspect of this is a gimmick that does not translate into better performance than a good quality 7200RPM sata drive; and no where even close to an SSD drive.

I would not normally compare it against SSD, but Seagate's marketing does - so this is on them. I own 7 SSD drives of various makes/models and this only has at best, 30% of the performance (my slowest SSD is 300MB/sec, fastest breaks 500MB/sec)

If you use this, the larger performance impact would be going from IDE to AHCI mode (be sure to read precautions before making the change in the BIOS & registry).

Manufacturer Response:

Dear John,

We would like to note that it may take a number of reboots to notice the full performance benefit of your Laptop Hybrid SSHD drive. This will allow the adaptive memory feature to determine the data that is accessed most frequently and put this data on the high performing SSD portion of the drive.

If you have additional questions or concerns, please contact our support staff and we will be happy to assist further:

http://seagate.com/support/contact-support/

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • William J.
  • 3/24/2015 11:46:05 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSeagate 2.5" SSHD

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: My old MX6912 Gateway laptop boots significantly faster.
The 5X larger HD capacity is much appreciated.
Installed in less than 20 minutes. (It took me longer researching how to properly open this notebook and to watch a 'How To' video.')

Cons: {{Not sure this is related, but after doing a clean install of Windows 7 I found that the DVD would not read some software (like PS-5) disks and trying to do it with a USB drive ended with Check Disk opening. I was able to re-install other software (like MS-Office).}}
I have noted occasional instantaneous screen flashes I had not been previously aware of.

Other Thoughts: After the SSHD install I opened Device Manager & saw Disk Drives listed the new drive as "ATA ST500M00-1EJ16" BUT also saw that Mass Storage Controller now has a yellow tag (Code 28). Tried to update driver, but none found online.

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  • John D.
  • 3/14/2015 1:37:47 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year

5 out of 5 eggsSuperb drive performance!

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: Just got a new Dell Latitude E6440 at work. Over time, it learns what programs and data you access most frequently and tries to keep that in the SSD cache. Boot times are very quick, program loads are super fast. Opening Documents and other local files are a snap!

Cons: None, very solid performer.

Other Thoughts: Dell thought highly enough of this drive to make it a standard equipment on a flagship product. That says a lot right there. Lots of storage capacity and superfast performance. It gets you most of the performance of a full SSD without anywhere near the cost of a full SSD. Sometimes compromise is good!!

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  • william k.
  • 3/13/2015 6:56:45 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsVery Nice HDD

This review is from: Seagate Hybrid Drives ST500LM000 500GB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Bare Drive

Pros: This is a very nice and quiet drive. It's small and has enough space for all of my apps.

Cons: None

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