- 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
You know what thy sayabout a Jack of all Trades... 06/22/2013
It is very important to understand that this hybrid drive has to learn what programs you run often. It only uses its SSD portion for loading executable programs that have been opened before. After learning how, this SSHD definitely boots Windows faster than my 10k Raptor. It also opens AutoCAD and Google Earth faster. Resuming from sleep is almost instantaneous -that's the only thing it does that is comparable to an SSD. It is a decent performer when it comes to regular file transfers, but it doesn't come close to the Raptor when moving large files. Mine stays cool since it's right behind a case intake fan, but It would probably heat up a laptop just like any other hard drive because it definitely gets warmer than an SSD.
It's more expensive than any other 1TB hard drive, and the benefits while noticeable don't really justify the cost in my opinion. Although it opens the program faster, AutoCAD drawings take longer to open than from a 10k drive and nowhere close to an SSD. My boot sequence changed in an odd way: POST takes at least three times as long to recognize this and other hard drives after installing it. It completely negates the speed improvement booting to Windows since I wait just as long if not longer for a cold boot to desktop... This could be because I am using an older 680i Motherboard, but I have had several other 1 and 2 TB storage drives on it without any POST slowdowns.
I got around 110MBs file transfer speeds on average so it's not what you'd call slow, but Seagate's claims about the performance of an SSD at the cost of an HD are ga-bage since it's a lot more expensive than an HD and only does one thing as good as an SSD (resume from sleep.) It's performance boost opening common programs is noticeable but if you already have a 7k+ HD and work with any large files at all you will be disappointed. Seagate gets props for deliberately calling this a "laptop" drive because considering the cost, this drive has one perfect niche and that is a laptop with only one HD bay that needs more storage. In that case it would definitely be an upgrade from a standard, smaller HD. I wouldn't buy it as a regular storage drive OR a desktop boot drive since it just doesn't perform any differently from a normal HD for random file transfers or program installatoins.
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