notebook hdd

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    Sep 28, 2011 5:15 AM GMT
    i want to add in another hdd on my laptop.
    Was looking at Seagate momentus xt - the hybrid SS and 7200rpm.
    and $100 is about what i'd like to invest.

    would appreciate any feedback .
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    Sep 28, 2011 8:32 AM GMT
    I don't have one. But the reviews on Newegg seem to be good overall.

    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16822148591

    I'm not familiar with the technology on this drive, but with a 4GB SSD, I'm assuming that it's essentially a 4GB cache. Overall, price isn't too bad for what you get. Personally, I'd get a Western Digital Scorpio Black, if capacity and performance is a concern. The 750GB version is around $50. I just installed a Samsung 128GB SSD on my laptop. Since my laptop isn't my primary computer, I opted for performance over capacity. So far, so good. Much faster than the hard drive it came with. icon_cool.gif
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    Sep 28, 2011 6:57 PM GMT
    yeah the WD looks interesting also for the added storage .
    That said, i already have a 500gb , so adding another 500 as in the ss hybrid drive would be ok and the added speed is enticing. My laptop is my one and only comp. so i can use the space, but i figure 1tb total should do.
    I also got external ones at home, but they're just annoying .
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    Oct 01, 2011 5:30 PM GMT
    I have the Momentus XT in my Macbook Pro and I love it. It's quick, snappy and 1/4 of the price of a full SSD which isn't worth the speed for me right now. I've installed it in my friend's Macbook Black which is a few years old but it still boots the newest operating system in less than 20 seconds. My friend's Windows notebook boots relatively quick compared to before too in just over half a minute. My only wish is that they doubled or tripled the amount of SSD since operating systems are so big for a minor price increase. That would be great! icon_biggrin.gif
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    Oct 01, 2011 5:47 PM GMT
    It may be too late to comment on this because you may have already made your purchase.

    I think a solid state drive is best used for files that don't change very often, such as your operating system. They aren't ideal for files such as pictures, videos, or documents that may change a lot over time.

    Are you thinking about replacing a drive, or just adding an additional drive for added capacity? Replacing a drive can be a pain, depending on which operating system you are using.
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    Oct 01, 2011 6:00 PM GMT
    Cloud Storage, FTW.
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    Oct 01, 2011 6:19 PM GMT
    Inostrankan saidCloud Storage, FTW.


    Until it gets hacked...

    ...or until the company who hosts your data decides to raise its rates...

    ...or until you lose your Internet connection...

    ...or...

    Needless to say, I don't trust cloud storage one bit.
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    Oct 01, 2011 6:26 PM GMT
    The XT is the way to go if you can't afford an SSD, or just don't want to spend the cash on one.

    Just make sure to apply the newest firmware update to the drive.

    Other than that, performance between a 5400 and a 7200 drive are so small that it's not worth the hit to the battery and extra cooling.
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    Oct 01, 2011 6:28 PM GMT
    GwgTrunks saidOther than that, performance between a 5400 and a 7200 drive are so small that it's not worth the hit to the battery and extra cooling.


    Depends on what you're doing. I run databases off of mine, so it makes a huge difference to me.