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    500GB Seagate Hybrid SSD/HDD for Mac? Does anyone have?
    Looking for a good Hard Drive for my mac, but as in a previous topic I had, the price of SSD is sky high right now, and Im wondering if this hybrid product by Seagate is any good?

    500GB Seagate Momentus XT 2.5" SATA 7200RPM/SSD Hybrid Drive

    Does anyone currently use it?
    Has anyone used it before?

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    Do some forum searching, I think you'll find more negative about hybrid drives than positive. I would stay away from buying one. Get a nice large standard 7200 RPM drive for now. Later on as SSD and flash prices come down you can get one as a second drive or even use it as the primary boot drive.

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    Some liked it. I am not one of them.

    If you decide you want one, I'll sell the one I have for 25% below Amazon's or Newegg's current price. It spent 4 weeks in my Mac - purchased in Jan.
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    As I have stated in similar threads...I have it in my 13" 2.66 c2D MBP & have not had a single issue or problem.

    After doing reasearch myself it seems a common thread with people who have had problems is that they almost all seem to have "cloned" their current drive to the XT which it appears that it does not like....

    I used migration assistant and again, have not had a single issue.

    With that all said, I see really no performance difference over a standard 7200rpm drive..

    I have just purchased a Crucial 512GB "true" ssd for my 15" 2011 MBP and am eager to see the difference over the 7200rpm drive currently installed....
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    I have the SSD hybrid 500gb in my machine right now.

    a 500gb 7200rpm sata is about 60-70$ so for an extra 30$ you get 4gb of auto SSD.

    My macbook pro right now is running it and i have no issues, its noticeably quicker. The firmware ends up putting (i think) whatever you use most in the SSD portion of the drive.

    I would love an SSD however I cant justify dropping $500 on the size I need....

    im not sure what the issues other people have run into are, but im 100% happy with it in my machine. I have seen a lot of people say they prefer the raptor @ 10k but even that drive is $249.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cjj14u View Post
    I have just purchased a Crucial 512GB "true" ssd for my 15" 2011 MBP and am eager to see the difference over the 7200rpm drive currently installed....
    When you try it out, let me know how it is!

    Im very curious. thanks!

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    AnandTech - Seagate's Momentus XT Reviewed, Finally a Good Hybrid HDD

    this review compares the Hyrbrid, to the SSD, to the raptor, to the typical 5400.


    check it out and assign your monies as you feel necessary..

    benchmarks are a few pages in..

    BTW the 500gb hybrid is $99 free shipping at newegg right now..
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    My two cents - have just installed seagate hybrid 500GB no compatibility probs. no noticable speed difference so far but I have not yet demanded much of the new HD

    My only complaint is that it is slightly hotter than the stock one.

    my machine:
    MacBook 5,1
    10.5.8 (I know it's old ... waiting for lion) :p
    2.4 Ghz core 2 duo

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    meh, just buy a real SSD already.
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    I have this drive installed in both my MacBook Pro and a Lenovo laptop. In both cases I cloned the original HDD to the new hybrid. I have had no issues at all with either machine since upgrading the drives. In the case of the Lenovo, boot time dropped from 1:50 to :53 after running the boot a couple of times to get the SSD cache working. I haven't noticed an increase or decrease in boot times for the Mac (it boots so fast anyways), but i have noticed that applications like Photoshop and iMovie open faster, and in the case of iMovie, loading video files is also noticeably faster.
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    And I still have one that I'll sell, shipped, for 25% under newegg or amazon price.
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    Cool Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid SSD
    Hey guys, I have had a MacBook 13" White for years...

    Then decided to sell every computer I own for the beast I now possess... well worth it!

    Very Very Happy with my Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid SSD (8GB SSD - 750GB HDD)

    As an IT Professional, I can definitely vouch that if you don't have the cash for the SSD outright, get one of these!

    Mac OS X Snow Leopard 10.6.8
    ( I REFUSE TO RUN LION IN LIEU OF NO SUPPORT FOR OLDER APPS, EG. Freehand etc)

    Boot Apple OS = around 3 seconds
    Boot Windows 7 Pro x64 = around 8 seconds

    Opening Apps:
    Mail = immediate (approx 3500 mails x 2 mailboxes)
    Adobe Photoshop CS5.5 x64 = around 1 second
    MS Office 2011:
    Outlook = less than 1 second
    Excel = less than 1 second
    Word = less than 1 second
    PowerPoint = less than 1 second
    Disk Utility = immediate
    Safari = immediate
    Firefox 7 = immediate
    Firefox 9.0.1 = immediate
    Firefox Nightly 12.0a1 (2011-12-22) = immediate (x64 threading / support)
    Firefox Nightly 12.0a1 (2012-01-17) = immediate
    iTunes 10.5.2 ~ 3481 Songs ~ 25.17 GB = less than 1 second
    VMWare Fusion 4 = around 1 second
    Launching Windows XP x86 in VMWare F4 = around 4 seconds
    Launching Windows 8 Developer Preview x86 = around 4 seconds
    Linotype FontExplorer X Pro (3.0) {39535 fonts} = 3 - 4 seconds

    More than this would go on for a while, but the proof is there!

    And gaming in Windows 7 x64 is outstanding with the new drive compared to the old standard 750 GB 5400 rpm Toshiba

    The new drive is : Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid 8 GB SSD 750 GB 7200rpm 32 MB cache
    (i don't know what the cache is on the Toshiba that ships with most MacBook Pro Laptops)

    That is my rant...
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    hey Kitsune Akki,
    i have a macbook white 5,2 with core2duo 2.13ghz. 2gb ram.
    what is ur advice for me to fasten up my mac?
    is it upgrading to 6gb ram ddr2 with 500 gb 7200rpm sata?

    or

    4 gb ddr2 with 500 gb hybrid xt?

    thanks

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    Quote Originally Posted by amirfahmi22 View Post
    hey Kitsune Akki,
    i have a macbook white 5,2 with core2duo 2.13ghz. 2gb ram.
    what is ur advice for me to fasten up my mac?
    is it upgrading to 6gb ram ddr2 with 500 gb 7200rpm sata?

    or

    4 gb ddr2 with 500 gb hybrid xt?

    thanks
    I'd go for the 6 Gb Ram, and the 500GB 7200 rpm
    (note temperatures will increase dramatically because of the speed of the drive)
    Way to avoid this is to get a 500GB Hybrid SSD or 750GB Hybrid SSD
    or a drive with a high cache, 32mb is normally good enough.
    Also a clean install and restore from time machine onto a new drive rather than clone is better because you copy junk that the system accumulated over its life span. Or clean install...

    There is an official thing from Apple that allows you to "crack open" the ram limit, on the Macbook 5.2 therefore allowing 8GB ram (not sure where or how - google)

    Regards
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    2.4Ghz, 4gigs RAM white macbook, Seagate Hybrid Drive =)
    hi, i have it installed in my 08 white MacBook and its worked great very big diference on boot up takes about 20secs and apps do load faster very happy with the drive. I bought it in august and no problems
    i have opened up my eyes to a new world that new world is Mac

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