The Seagate Momentus XT takes a different approach to data storage and one that is quite welcome from anyone who uses PC intensive programs on their computers. By using efficient technology to emulate the speed of a solid state drive, this drive manages to combine size and speed into one reliable and fast hard drive. This is why it has gotten a lot of attention; it is one of the first hard drives to attempt to deliver SSD speed with the desired storage space of a normal hard drive.
While perfecting this dreamy combination of solid state and a standard hard drive, Seagate has had some challenges. The 500 gigabyte version was significantly faster than the standard hard drive but still no where near an SSD. Luckily, the 750 gigabyte version and the 1 terabyte version have both been greatly improved and no longer stall like the older versions. It's nearly 4 times faster than the standard hard drive, and it achieved this increase by combining adaptive memory technology and NAND Flash memory. This means this hybrid drive is able to last longer than most solid state drives as well.
While initially Seagate struggled to create the perfect hybrid hard drive and at first there were issues with reliability, today it is clear that the 750 gig and 1 terabyte models have become very reliable and effective drives. Even better, it even works on different operating systems! You can have a high speed and reliable hybrid hard drive running on any standard PC or Mac computer. They even work on the small profile desktops, laptops and as external hard drives for back up or primary usage. Whatever type of situation you need a hard drive for; if you want it to go fast and not compromise on space then the hybrid Seagate Momentus XT is a great choice for you.
The great thing about the market for solid state drives expanding is that now a warranty. The warranties are SSD's are becoming common place because most solid state drives you'll buy have flash technology, and as you continue to move programs on and off of the drive they can wear out and eventually you can end up losing your drive completely. Depending on how frequently you change the data on your SSD you might find this to be an issue but with a 3 year warranty you can rest assured that it'll keep working for you or be replaced. Of course, you'll still want to make sure you have a backup copy of anything that you keep on your solid state drive so that you don't have to go through the hassle of data recovery. Backing up the things on any drive will be an extra bit of security and is highly encouraged.
If you need a lot of space, have a lot programs that you frequently use and would like to run faster, a hybrid is the best choice for you. The Seagate Momentus XT is the most reliable and large capacity hybrid drive around and while they can get quite expensive you'll have a warranty, and the ability to run programs and access data more than 4 times faster than you used to on a standard HDD.