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Seagate ST500LM021 500GB 7200 RPM 32MB Cache SATA 6.0Gb/s 2.5" Laptop Thin Hard Drive

  • 7.00mm height, 2.5", SATA 6Gb/s
  • Seagate SmartAlign technology provides easy transition to 4K sectors
  • Compatible with SATA 3Gb/s designs
  • Backed by a 2-year limited warranty
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ST500LM021

Slim, Light Hard Drive with Loads of Features


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ST500LM021 Seagate® Laptop Thin HDD (Formerly Momentus® Thin) Offers Feature-Rich, Slim, Lightweight Style at Price and Capacity Points that Enable No-Compromise Designs for Thin Computing

  • World's first 7mm z-height, 2.5-inch form factor drive
  • Seagate SmartAlign™ technology provides easy transition to 4K sectors
  • Available as a Self-Encrypting Drive (SED) and FIPS 140-2 SED2
  • Compatible with SATA 3Gbps designs
  • Backed by a 2-year limited warranty

ST500LM021

Opens New Frontiers for System Designers

Seagate has purpose-built the Laptop Thin HDD to meet our customers' demand for affordable, slimmer, fully functional computing solutions. Meet your needs with 500GB, 320GB, 250GB and 160GB capacity options.

While traditional laptop hard drives offer a z-height of 9.5mm, the Laptop Thin HDD stands apart with a z-height of just 7mm.


ST500LM021

Smooth Migration to Advanced Format 4K

Laptop Thin HDDs include Seagate SmartAlign technology. This innovation helps you easily get all the benefits of the new Advanced Format 4K sector standard - no utilities, no extra steps. AF drive migration happens automatically in the background. The drive's performance is not affected, and there is no need for time-consuming utilities required by other AF-enabled drives.


Secure Self-Encrypting Drive Options

Seagate Laptop Thin Self-Encrypting Drives deliver government-grade encryption without performance degradation - protecting your data where it lives. You get all the benefits of secure data encryption without the headaches.
  • Ships with the Trusted Computing Group (TCG) Opal protocol
  • The world's first 7mm SED to ship with FIPS 140-2 validation
  • Instant on-the-fly encryption without performance degradation
  • Instant Secure Erase™ technology that can instantly erase the security key data on your hard drive, enabling secure disposal or repurposing of the SED

ST500LM021

Enter Seagate Ingenuity

Until recently, system integrators and OEMs had no choice but to limit their thinner, fully functional computing designs to high-end devices. The available hard drive options were either too costly, too slow performing or both.

Seagate Laptop Thin HDD drives leverage current laptop drives in both material and product design to provide the world's first 7mm 2.5-inch form factor drive. The result is affordable, thin storage for entry-level to mainstream laptops, high-end netbooks, thin ultraportables and slim-computing devices.


ST500LM021 Thin Hard Drive Perfect For:

  • Building entry-level to high-performance ultraportables laptops
  • Creating thin, light netbooks without compromising storage or affordability
  • Designing slim consumer electronics devices
  • Protecting your sensitive data

ST500LM021 Momentus® Thin 5400.9 SATA 500GB Hard Drive ST500LT025 Laptop Thin HDD 500GB Hard Drive ST500LM021 Momentus® Thin 5400.9 SATA 500GB Hard Drive ST500LT015 Momentus® Thin 5400.9 SATA 500GB Hard Drive ST500LT012 Momentus® Thin 5400.9 SATA 320GB Hard Drive ST320LT012 Laptop Thin HDD 320GB Hard Drive ST320LM010 Momentus® Thin 5400.9 SATA 250GB Hard Drive ST250LT012
Capacity 500GB 500GB 500GB 500GB 320GB 320GB 250GB
Interface SATA 3Gbps SATA 3Gbps SATA 3Gbps SATA 3Gbps SATA 3Gbps SATA 3Gbps SATA 3Gbps
Spin Speed 5400RPM 7200RPM 5400RPM 5400RPM 5400RPM 7200RPM 5400RPM
Cache 16MB 32MB 16MB 16MB 16MB 32MB 16MB
Areal Density 705 670 705 705 705 670 705
Encryption Yes   Yes        
Maximum Operating Shock 400Gs 400Gs 400Gs 400Gs 400Gs 400Gs 400Gs
Length 100.55mm 100.55mm 100.55mm 100.55mm 100.55mm 100.55mm 100.55mm
Width 70.10mm 70.10mm 70.10mm 70.10mm 70.10mm 70.10mm 70.10mm
Height 7.0mm 7.0mm 7.0mm 7.0mm 7.0mm 7.0mm 7.0mm
Operating Temperature 140°F (60°C) 140°F (60°C) 140°F (60°C) 140°F (60°C) 140°F (60°C) 140°F (60°C) 140°F (60°C)
Average Operating Power 1.2W 1.5W 1.2W 1.2W 1.2W 1.5W 1.2W

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Warranty

  • Limited Warranty period (parts): 2 years
  • Limited Warranty period (labor): 2 years


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  • Wesley M.
  • 12/23/2014 1:08:58 AM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsgreat hdd for price

Pros: works flawlessly, easy fit inside my laptop since it's a bit thinner than other drivers of the same 2.5" form factor.

Cons: none so far.

Other Thoughts: used this hdd to replace the factory 5400rpm one in my old macbook.

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  • Peter C.
  • 12/2/2014 7:07:16 PM
  • Tech Level: High
  • Ownership: 1 month to 1 year
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggs1 bad drive out of 3 purchased

Pros: Thin, quiet, reasonably cool. Price is good when on sale. A very practical choice for the average laptop when you're not going to spend the money for an SSD and don't need huge capacity for storing lots of video.

I didn't measure the speed, but it seems good.

Cons: Bought 3 of these in the past few months. One showed problems right away. I couldn't clone my laptop onto it. Casper gave errors or hung. Testing revealed bad clusters.

Newegg authorized the RMA with no hassle, and the replacement tested out fine.

Other Thoughts: In the last few years, I can't find any hard drive maker or model that is completely reliable. Have had a bad drive here and there from WD, Seagate, Hitachi, Toshiba. I've learned to just expect that drives fail once in a while, and you need a strategy for dealing with that.

Also: it's standard practice that you pay for shipping a defective drive back. I guess we're splitting the cost of this problem with Newegg -- they ship the replacement. It seems like the manufacturer should pay for the shipping, but I guess that's how they keep prices lower.

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  • Lino C.
  • 11/11/2014 11:04:41 PM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: less than 1 day
  • Verified Owner

5 out of 5 eggsExcellent PS3 Replacement HDD

Pros: *500GB
*Very thin profile
*7200RPM
*Good build quality

Cons: *None to report

Other Thoughts: I bought this to replace a fat 60GB PS3 HDD. I kept getting error messages from the PS3 about no more disk space. I would have to delete certain games and game content in order to get an update for Borderlands 2 or some other game.

Now, I'm downloading all my games.

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  • Anonymous
  • 9/18/2014 7:33:09 AM
  • Tech Level: Somewhat High
  • Ownership: 1 week to 1 month
  • Verified Owner

3 out of 5 eggsNo difference to 5400 RPM HDD

Pros: Cheap, 7200 RPM, 32 MB cache

Cons: No significant difference with 5400 RPM HDD my notebook came with.
Both 5400 and 7200 RPM deliver 5.9 score in Windows 7 performance test and there is almost no difference in booting Windows or program time.

Other Thoughts: Buy a smaller size $100-140 SSD to feel a real speed (7.9 score)

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5 out of 5 eggsSuper Fast Mechanical Hard Drive

Pros: *Ultra thin form factor (7mm)
*Faster than your average hard drive
*Outperforms SSD's in large quantity small file transfers

I decided to do a real world performance test between 3 different hard drives in order to gain a speed perspective. I put this slim drive up again a Force GT 120GB SSD & 1 TB 7200 RPM Constellation Enterprise HDD. The test consists of 3 different types of files: Large Bulk Compressed Software Image, 3 Movie Files, and a Folder with 1000+ Pictures/Files of various sizes.

Results are below

1000+ Pics/Files (2.84 gb):
Seagate Thin - 430 mb/s
1 TB Constellation = 84 mb/s
Force GT SSD - 96 mb/s

Large Compressed File (10 GB):
Seagate Thin - 128mb/s
1 TB Constellation = 150 mb/s
Force GT SSD - 130 mb/s

3 Movie Files (3 GB ea.):
Seagate Thin - 120 mb/s
1 TB Constellation = 125 mb/s
Force GT SSD - 140 mb/s

I can't explain why the thin drive does so well on large numbers of small files but it was almost instantaneous and 100% reproducible every time with no info loss.

Cons: *Capacity restraint (splitting hairs here)
*Fragile feeling construction

Other Thoughts: It's a top tier hard drive just as everyone else is saying. I would definitely recommend this drive to anyone who does not have access to a SSD. I do wish the warranty was longer though as the construction does seem a bit fragile due to the thinness.

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5 out of 5 eggsFast and Compact

Pros: It is a little bit thinner than the standard, not really noticeable but definitely measurable. It's also a bit lighter.

It's fast for a laptop hard drive being 7200 RPM whereas the standard for 2.5" drives is 5400 RPM. You will notice the difference in transfer speeds. It has a 32MB cache which is double what most drives at a similar price point offer.

Seagate makes good quality drives lately so no worries there.

Cons: If all you care about is storage you can get a higher capacity drive at a similar price point, but you'd likely have to give up some speed.

Other Thoughts: On the speed vs. capacity spectrum this drive is definitely more towards the speed side. Ideal for laptop gaming if you're not going to spring for a SSD.

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5 out of 5 eggsExceptionally Fast, Exceptionally Thin

Pros: Thinner than a standard 2.5" drive but without any sacrifices. Speed, storage and no discernible noise.

Drive was tested in an Alienware M17X R3 and a M11X R1 and easy enough to install in both drives. In each system, the drive was rock solid with an average transfer rate of 115 read, 91 write MB/s transfers (average of both systems together). Speedy overall, with constant data transfers.

No complaints for speed and performance, and 500GB is more than enough for most mobile users.

Cons: There are larger drives for the same price or cheaper. It's pricy for the storage space space, but if you have an ultrabook or system that requires a drive with a reduced profile this more than fits the bill. The ultrabook crowd seems to be this drive's target market (which is fine).

Other Thoughts: All in all, the drive was swift and a great performer for a laptop HDD with a reduced profile. Seagate managed to shave off several mm with no sacrifices. It offers a good mix of storage and speed, and while it's no SSD, it's a solid performer for a traditional mobile HDD.

The drive ran a bit warm. Not sure if the extra loss size reduces the drive's heat dissipation, but it never got to worrying temperatures.

Drive was shipped in a thick bubble sleeve that protected it in shipment. Great packaging across the board.

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5 out of 5 eggsPretty Fast

Pros: Pretty fast. Very thin. Does what it suppose to do.

Cons: Very thin. Yes I know I put very thin as a pro. But this can be a con for some applications without some type of modification. Perhaps a little pricey. Also I think 2 year warranty is a little short. 3 years would be better.

Other Thoughts: I did several tests with this drive and compared it to some 3.5" drives. To my surprise this drive performed as well or better. Than a Seagate 2TB drive and a WD 750GB black drive. In seq read/write. In random read/write this drive was not as fast as 3.5" drives.
I would recommend this drive to anyone looking for a 2.5" HDD.
Of course a SSD would blow this drive out of the water. But that's like apples to oranges.
Newegg/Seagate should not list the "SECURE SELF-ENCRYPTING DRIVE OPTIONS" under features of this drive because this drive does not have this feature.

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4 out of 5 eggsShould be standard laptop hard drive...

Pros: As it relates to other laptop hard drives, this one is fast. Most hard drives that come with laptops are 5400RPM and slow. This hard drive ups that to 7200RPM and it comes with 32MB cache. All things you normally don't get with a laptop nor do you get to choose. This hard drive was tested in a newer Dell laptop to upgrade the existing 500GB hard drive that was 5400RPM. I was pleasantly surprised it worked right out of the box and I could noticeably tell the speed difference with transfers.

I also tested this laptop as an auxiliary backup hard drive on my desktop. I mounted it next to my SSD. It again performed flawlessly and had nearly identical transfer speeds as the other Seagate drives in my computer.

Cons: The price is a bit high, but if your laptop has a 5400RPM drive or is smaller than 500GB, then why not? It is only $79. While the sizing is a cool feature, it isn't really necessary and it probably is factoring into the costs.

Alternatively, if you don't care about RPM speed and are using a slow laptop, then obviously you can buy a 5400RPM hard drive with more capacity and probably for cheaper...but why would you?

Other Thoughts: Again as previously stated, if you need a new hard drive, or a faster hard drive, or a more reliable hard drive for your laptop, then get this drive. Seagate is a solid name in the hard drive business and are consistently innovating new and functional solutions for storage.

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5 out of 5 eggs

Pros: Very fast speeds as far as regular hard drives go, reading and writing was smooth going both ways.

Easy installation as with all hard drives, just one power cable and a SATA cable to insert.

Plenty of space for any average user. If your idea of fun is downloading thousands of movies and video games, then you'll need a bigger hard drive. However, if your the average user that uses a computer for typing for school, email, social networking and the like, then this is perfect.

A great upgrade to any 320gb laptop hd. This one is faster than most and even comes with a little extra oomph to attempt to set itself apart from other hard drives.

Thinner than usual, though not by all that much, and it's not like you see it once its in the computer.

Cons: The price tag is the only con. I see where the money is going, but the matter comes down to the fact that once the hard drive is in the computer, a 2mm smaller design isn't going to make a difference, especially with upgrades. Because the casing the hd is inserted in to is already made for a larger hard drive, so obviously a smaller one can fit. Im sure other drives, cheaper ones, can complete the job nearly as well.

Other Thoughts: Ive tested this hard drive on two systems, my main desktop, as well as a 2 year old samsung laptop. As far as normal hard drives go, this is probably the best you can ever hope for. If you want the absolute best out of your computer, to squeeze every teeny bit of performance from it, this is the drive for you.

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