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Recommended hybrid 7200 rpm 500 gb HDD?

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Current drive: Seagate Momentus 7200.4 500 GB 7200RPM SATA 16 MB Cache 2.5-Inch Bare Drive - ST9500420ASG

I am considering upgrading to a 7200 rpm hybrid drive, as I am hoping that this will make my computer faster. I found the Seagate Momentus XT 500 gb 7200 rpm hybrid drive, but the reviews seem poor (see, e.g., Is there another 7200 rpm ~500 gb hybrid hard drive that you would recommend?

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#1. the price difference between the 1TB & 500 GIG is usually under $20.

#2. User reviews are like a*s holes, everyones got one.

#3. I've installed over two dozen of the Seagate SSHD drives with no problems and no failures.

#4. Replace the hard drive/IR cable as they are know to be faulty and destroy drives.

#5. put pads on the top level of the place where the cable goes over the top to prevent damage from the bottom cover hitting the cable.

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Thank you so much for your comments. A few questions:

#1 As far as I can tell, many of the 1 TB hybrid drives are actually 5400 rpm and not 7200 rpm (see, e.g., Would a hybrid 5400 rpm be faster than my current non-hybrid 7200 rpm drive?

#3 Do you mean that you have installed dozens of the Momentus XT drives with no problems and no failures? Thank you!!!


The 8GB of SSD Ram on the 1 TB is where your speed comes from. I believe the 500 drive only has half of that. Anyway the most used programs and the operating system will end up on the SSD after a couple days of use. Thus negating the need for a higher RPM drive. I used to use the XT drives before the SSHD drives came out.


Thank you so much for the clarification and for your rapid reply!


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