Seagate is not a company to let something like a massive shortage of motors for mechanical hard drives slow them down. Instead of holding back plans or waiting to see the full weight of repercussion, they moved forward with the second generation of their hybrid drive line with the new Seagate Momentus XT.

The Momentus XT was a simple and brilliant idea. Replace a standard mechanical HDD’s cache with SSD grade memory chips. Instead of a 64 MB cache being used as a buffer, you get a 4GB SSD acting as first level access so your most used files so they load blazing fast. The second generation of the Momentus XT drives is just as simple but they made everything bigger. Increase HDD space to 750 GB, Single Level NAND flash memory increases from 4 GB to 8 GB, and an update to SATA 6 Gb/s for $245.

While this all sounds great, except for the price reflecting the parts shortage issue, the most attractive feature is the all-in-one design. Simply install this drive in your laptop or buy a laptop with one already installed to benefit from the 70% improvement over previous Momentus XT design. You can expect to see this drive on the market very soon as shipping has already begun. More details below.

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Seagate Soups Up Laptop PC Performance With Fast, Second-Generation Solid State Hybrid Drive

Seagate (NASDAQ:STX) is now shipping the second generation of Momentus® XT, its groundbreaking solid state hybrid drive for consumer and commercial laptops and the company’s fastest drive ever for personal computers. With a simple drive upgrade, users can boost boot-up speed and overall performance to turbo-charge their laptop PC. Seven original equipment manufacturers are gearing up to ship laptops powered by the Momentus XT drive. The drive is now available at online retailers Amazon, Canada Computers, CDW, Memory Express, NCIX, Newegg, and TigerDirect.

Powering the Momentus XT drive are Seagate’s Adaptive Memory™ and FAST Factor™ technologies. Adaptive Memory technology works by identifying data usage patterns, and then moving the most frequently retrieved information to solid state memory for faster access. Adaptive Memory effectively tailors hard drive performance to each user and the applications they use. FAST Factor technology blends the strengths of SSDs and hard disk drives for faster access to applications, quicker bootup and higher overall system speed.

“Laptop users want faster access to all of their content, from gaming, music and video to spreadsheets and documents, creating strong demand for the highest performance,” said Scott Horn, vice president of Worldwide Marketing at Seagate. “Seagate is excited to answer this need with a second-generation Momentus® XT drive that delivers solid state drive (SSD) speed, greater storage capacity and easy installation at an affordable price.”

“High-speed storage devices make a difference when it comes to improving overall PC performance,” said John Rydning, research vice president at IDC. “Seagate’s newest Momentus® XT drive gives notebook PC users an economical option for boosting PC performance while at the same time providing spacious storage capacity all in one device.”

Momentus XT – Meeting the need for speed

The Momentus XT drive is nearly 70 percent faster than the prior Momentus drive version and up to three times faster than a traditional hard disk drive while providing 750GB of storage capacity. The Momentus XT hard drive’s Serial ATA 6Gb/second interface and 8 gigabytes of Single Level Cell NAND flash double the interface and NAND read-write speed of the previous generation. The all-in-one design of Momentus XT drive makes installation and upgrading simple and easy for any laptop or desktop computer and with any operating system.

The Momentus XT drive is now shipping in volume worldwide. Manufacturer’s Suggesting Retail Pricing (MSRP) for Momentus XT 750GB is $245.

Join a Seagate webinar for a chance to win a laptop powered by Momentus XT

Learn more about solid state hybrid drive technology and Seagate’s new Momentus XT drive by joining a live webcast on Tuesday, December 6, at 11 a.m. PST. Sign up for a chance to win a high-performance laptop powered by Momentus XT:

Tuning Momentus XT for Optimal Performance

The hard drive industry is transitioning from the current 512-byte sector standard to a newer Advanced Format 4K (4096-byte) sector size that helps maintain data integrity at higher storage densities and capacities. Momentus XT takes advantage of this newer Advanced Format 4K standard and is already tuned for optimal performance on the latest PC operating systems.

Momentus XT customers can easily optimize Momentus XT to work with Windows XP and older versions of Microsoft Windows with a few simple steps. Please visit this page on the Seagate web site to determine if Momentus XT is already tuned for your operating system version and how to do so if needed:


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