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Seagate Claims Momentus XT Is Fastest Notebook Hard Drive Ever

As expected, storage specialist Seagate has released its Momentus XT Hybrid hard disk drive, one that brings together the best of solid state and traditional magnetic storage technology.

The drive is currently available in 250GB, 320GB and 500GB hard disk drive for as little as $113 and a maximum SRP of only $156 for the 500GB model. Seagate claimed last week that the drive would be at least 80 percent faster than mainstream hard disks and a whopping 20 percent faster than its own top of the range drives.

Early tests carried out by Anandtech (opens in new tab), Cnet (opens in new tab) and Storagemojo (opens in new tab) show that the drive falls just short of being an exceptional one.

Performance seems to be more than adequate with Storagemojo registering a 4x speed improvement compared to his own hard disk set up. Sure, the drive goes to 500GB, half the capacity of the biggest 2.5-inch hard disk drive on the market and it does not support SATA 6Gbps but it could have been worse.

Seagate appears to have struck the best balance possible between the various variables on the table. The technology is proven, it is cheap enough and offers some decent capacity with performance to boot from.

Now, I'it will be interesting to find out what performance two of these would yield.

Désiré Athow

Désiré has been musing and writing about technology during a career spanning four decades. He dabbled in website building and web hosting when DHTML and frames were en vogue and started writing about the impact of technology on society just before the start of the Y2K hysteria at the turn of the last millennium. Following an eight-year stint at where he discovered the joys of global tech-fests, Désiré now heads up TechRadar Pro. Previously he was a freelance technology journalist at Incisive Media, Breakthrough Publishing and Vnunet, and Business Magazine. He also launched and hosted the first Tech Radio Show on Radio Plus.