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Seagate Hybrid Drives STBD1000400 1TB MLC/8GB 64MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s NCQ 2.5" Laptop SSHD -Retail Kit

  • Boots and performs like an SSD, PC& Mac Compatible
  • Up to 5× faster than a traditional 5400-RPM HDD
  • Height:9.5 mm
  • 3-year limited warranty
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  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 3 years
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  • craig s.
  • 8/8/2014 1:28:42 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat ps3 upgrade

Pros: works great in my ps3 and with cache on dust 514, or COD ghosts it loads the maps so quick in comparison, I'm often in the game long before anyone else, maybe an unfair advantage but I like it.

Cons: not a single one, GET THIS DRIVE

Other Thoughts: why didn't the new gen consoles all come with SSD's? they should have at least shipped with hybrids because the difference is beyond noticeable, and I don't mean like a 5400rpm drive to a 7200.

This was worth every penny

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  • Jason P.
  • 11/6/2013 4:28:35 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

1 out of 5 eggsDrive failure

Pros: none

Cons: Constant errors then became unbootable. Tried wiping drive and reinstalling OS. All information lost and does not speed computer up if there is not a lot of items on the desktop. Or maybe that was because it was a faulty device.

Other Thoughts: Needs more onboard SSD in order to be more effective. not a fan, seems better to just use external hard drive and SSD for main os. If you need a lot of space and can not carry around an external then this may be an option.

Manufacturer Response:

Dear Dj1000,

We apologize for the problems experienced with your Laptop Solid State Hybrid drive.

To determine the health of your Hybrid drive, please run our self booting Seatools diagnostics listed below:

http://www.seagate.com/support/downloads/item/seatools-dos-master/

If there is an error reported with the drive, we would like to talk with you by phone to resolve the problem. Support case #03772968 has been created that will show your review and our response. If from the US or Canada, our contact number for technical support is 800-732-4283. If outside of the US or Canada, please try us here under Technical Support (choose your region):

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

Best Regards,
Seagate Support

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  • Steven S.
  • 10/25/2013 3:21:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsworks very good

Pros: works very good

Cons: n/a

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  • Robert T.
  • 8/21/2013 10:39:14 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 day to 1 week

5 out of 5 eggsBought it, tested it, like it, kept it.

Pros: Fast, Quiet, Plenty of room.

Cons: It did not come with cloning software in the box. Other than that, it met or exceeded my expectations. You would think that since this is a hard drive with tons of "available" space, they would include at least the software necessary to clone the drive. If I were running Seagate I would send the drives out with useful data on them... manuals, software, brochures, movie trailers, music...

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a 250GB 5400rpm HD in my HP DV7 Laptop. Before installing it, I decided to clone my Momentus XT 500GB 7200rpm Hybrid drive in my Alienware M15X and do a side by side comparison. I thought this new SuperSpeed drive might be a bit slower than the Momentus, but it was not. Before timing these events, I "conditioned" the drives by booting up to the desktop then opening IE, Chrome, Visual Studio, Word, Excel, Microsoft Imaging, Notepad++, Gimp and E-Sword. After repeating this process a dozen times I began timing the events. Since most programs loaded to quickly to time accurately with my stopwatch, I only included the three applications with the longest load times.
Power button to Desktop time:
Momentus = 73 seconds
SuperSpeed = 53 seconds
Loading Visual Studio 2010:
Momentus = 10 seconds
SuperSpeed = 5 seconds
Loading Gimp:
Momentus = 13 seconds
SuperSpeed = 7 seconds
Loading E-Sword:
Momentus = 9 seconds
SuperSpeed = 6 seconds

All of the applications the hard drive was "conditioned" for loaded faster from the SuperSpeed drive. I expected the Momentus XT to be as fast or faster, but it was not. So, instead of putting the SuperSpeed drive in my old HP DV7, it is going in my Alienware M15X. I still love the Momentus XT, but it is going to have move to my backup laptop.

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  • David H.
  • 8/16/2013 5:58:05 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsSuper HDD Replacement for my laptop

Pros: HDD Capacity and speed all in one

Cons: none

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4 out of 5 eggsDon't look at it as an SSD because it isn't

Pros: This is a great drive for everyday use. It has a large 1TB capacity and comparing it to other SATA drives, the performance is comparable.

Speed tests aside, using this drive as an HTPC works well because the large capacity gives you space for movies, music, pictures, etc. and I didn't notice any lagging when playing movies.

Cons: A 5400RPM drive is a bit slow for my taste. This is a hybrid drive, not an SSD so you have to keep in mind it will not perform like an SSD. If you're looking for SSD speeds, I would not recommend this drive. See the benchmark tests below.

Other Thoughts: I don't know much about hybrid drives, so the 8GB in "1TB + 8GB SSD" really threw me off. I tried to look for a manual online. Unfortunately, you will never find it under "STBD1000400". When mounted, it is actually recognized as "ST1000LM014-1EJ164". The drive looks just like any SATA laptop drive and the connections are also the same.

The speeds are nowhere near an SSD. I compared the test results to a Kingston SSD. Here are the results of the tests (keep in mind the tests were run using all the same hardware and software for both drives):

ATTO Disk Benchmark:
Read = 103MB/s (237MB/s Kingston)
Write = 110MB/s (128MB/s Kingston)

AS SSD Benchmark:
Seq Read = 88.49 MB/s (224 MB/s Kingston)
Seq Write = 103.93 MB/s (114.44 MB/s Kingston)
Read Score = 10 (45 Kingston)
Write Score = 12 (38 Kingston)
Total Score = 28 (105 Kingston)

HD Tune Pro:
Seq Read = 86.4 MB/s (191.8 MB/s Kingston)
Seq Write = 95.8 MB/s (67.2 MB/s Kingston)

The Kingston isn't that fast of an SSD, so with results like these, I was not that impressed with the SSD performance of the Seagate.

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4 out of 5 eggsGreat for the right usage scenario

Pros: Does provide a meaningful, noticeable decrease in boot times and some application loads. As other reviewers have posted, it does help out your most-used apps.

More capacity than anyone should ever really need in a laptop.

Per Seagate, data writes are handled primarily by HDD portion – this will increase longevity by minimizing flash storage writes.

Cons: Small SSD capacity, though it is difficult to say what improvements would be realized with more flash storage.

Other Thoughts: Don’t expect a night-and-day difference when upgrading a newer laptop HDD. An older (3-4+) year old laptop drive would be a great candidate to upgrade to this drive, if you need more than around 200GB of storage space (never plan for a SSD to be more than 85%-90% full). Otherwise, SSDs are still a nicer option for the money, provided you can get by with a 256GB, and don’t have a massive amount of writes.

I installed this drive in one of my work laptops, which carries around scores of disc (and disk) image files, putting it out-of-reach to afford a SSD upgrade, so yes, this drive does provide some of the “best of both worlds”. It’s not as fast as my SSD systems, but it is a nice upgrade for a workhorse computer. If your usage fits, this is a very nice device.

Intel introduced this hybrid-storage idea (they call their version ‘Smart Response’) with the Z68 chipset, supposedly giving the “best of both worlds” with speed and capacity. Generally, the small SSDs incorporated into those systems were 32GB or more; I’m curious to see if having more than 8GB would help this drive more.

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4 out of 5 eggsGood for the casual user.

Pros: It's about as fast as a 7200RPM drive (maybe a little faster) after it has intelligently analyzed the programs you use the most and put them into its NAND flash.

Cold-booting the system with this drive was fast. Other regular operations like opening my regular web-browser and other often use programs (iTunes, Photoshop, Visual Studio) were much faster as well.

The drive is thin (physically the size of a standard laptop hard drive) and runs cooler and more quietly than a standard desktop hard drive.

The price is good for what you're getting.

Cons: It's still not as fast as a pure SSD. Also, the caching only happens for frequently used *.exe files. If you write files to the drive frequently, you will notice the 5400RPM spindle speed.

The caching feature works well, but with only 8GB of NAND flash, it really won't cache that much all at once.

Other Thoughts: This drive is great for the average user. The average user is someone that uses the same programs daily. In this usage scenario, their daily used programs would be cached in the drive's 8GB of NAND flash and so launching them and running them is much faster than it would be on a standard platter only hard drive.

If you're someone that often writes alot of data to your drive, you will feel that this drive is slow, you will notice the 5400RPM spindle speed since the date you're writing is probably something you don't frequently access / use on the drive (this data won't be cached on the NAND flash).

It's a nice upgrade though from the often slow (5400RPM drives) you would find on most laptops sold these days.

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4 out of 5 eggsNot for enthusiasts.

Pros: As an everyday user: Cool product! Made my old computer fast at turning on and the programs I use all day are really fast now, too!

As an enthusiast:The drive is fairly quick in applications (after using that application a couple times), Windows boots much quicker than I ever imagined it could in my old Dell laptop. Not only does it sort of feel like a solid state drive, but I have so much space to store things on. A terabyte worth of moderately quick storage, that acts like a solid state drive as best it can? I like it. I definitely wouldn't think of going with this drive over a real SSD, but the performance increase is definitely noticable. Data transfers...not bad considering the access times. I'm not sure if i'm being a pessimist here, or if this drive really fails to excite me, but see below. Sure, it's quick. Sure it's made my older laptop feel new while booting and using a few common applications, but it seems like some sort of bad joke when it finally hits the mechanical section of the drive.

Cons: I did run benchmarks on this drive, and they were not that terribly impressive, even on the SSD portion. This drive could definitely use faster NAND, and more of it.

For a hard drive that's meant to go in a laptop (which generally don't have that great of cooling for the drives), and being 5400rpm, the drive gets pretty warm. In my laptop, the old 5400rpm drive would stay around 40c, while this SSDHDD thing hovers around 47c. This is a bit warmer than I'd like a drive getting, but it doesn't seem to mind the heat.

The mechanical portion of this drive is not very impressive. Sure, it's fairly quick with sequential reads, and slightly better with writes, but the access times are absolutely miserable when focusing on only the mechanical portion. 19ms random access time? I have green drives that best that by a good margin. I've even seen better in 5400rpm drives from 5-10 years ago. It isn't AAM affecting performance...I checked. I should also note that I had a fan on it so it wasn't running as warm as I just mentioned. In my desktop...

So basically, it feels really really fast, then it's suddenly far from it. That should be alright, as the drive should try to "get smart" and move your most used data to the ABSOLUTELY MASSIVE (sarcasm) 8gb of MLC NAND that is in this thing. It would be a lot better if Seagate offered 16 or maybe even 32gb of storage in a hybrid drive.

Other Thoughts: Since Newegg hasn't had the greatest reputation for shipping hard drives safely, the retail box might offer a little extra protection, so that's always a good thing. The retail box also comes with some warranty information. That's all you get inside the retail box. I expected them to not include anything extra, and I was right. I'm not so sure about the reliability, but the drive does have a 3 year warranty, so that's definitely a nice touch. Just be sure to pick up an external and back your documents up to it.

I may not have given this drive that great of a review, but I would definitely recommend it for your average user. It's really nice to have your laptop boot up quickly, and have roughly the same performance it did before the drive upgrade in a worst-case scenario. I'm more of a power user/enthusiast, and it definitely isn't for me. I'm sure my sister will absolutely love it though...

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3 out of 5 eggsInteresting concept, but still not a SSD

Pros: This drive can potentially save you a few seconds here and there when opening programs and files, and is undoubtably faster than a standard laptop drive for the average user. The drive learns over time what programs and files you access the most frequently and stores them on its 8 GBs of solid state - so that when you need to access them again you can load them quickly. Commonly used programs stored on the SSHD will open a bit faster after you open them a few times.

Cons: I tried out some real-world testing... My conclusion is that there wasn't really wasn't a noticeable difference in loading screens for gaming for me. I set up two computers with comparable hardware (slightly higher clock speed on the CPU in the computer WITH this drive), one with this drive and one with a standard 7200 rpm drive. I loaded levels at the same time (which had been visited before), and the loading screens were more or less the same duration, with the SSHD even lagging behind a few times. While this test was far from perfect, don't expect it to be like gaming with a real SSD where your loading screens will be an order of magnitude faster.

This could be a result of the relatively small 8 GB of solid state, many modern games nowadays at least double this amount.

Other Thoughts: This is an early generation of this hardware, and most people fit into either the power user or mainstream user category. Power users who are willing to spend the extra money should probably get themselves a SSD, while mainstream users who are not should stick with regular hard drives for the better cost/storage ratio. The one real use I can see for this drive is if you have a laptop with just one drive bay and you need more storage than a SSD can provide - this is still a 1 TB drive after all and you will likely get better performance out of the SSHD than a regular drive.

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