Seagate has tried to merge a SSD and a traditional hard disk into one with the Seagate Momentus XT. The Seagate Momentus XT has a 2.5-inch form factor, and will feature 32Mb of DRAM cache. Seagate calls the Momentus XT a Solid State Hybrid Drive. The hybrid hard disk will be available in storage capacities of 250GB, 320GB and 500GB, along with 4 GB of NAND storage. The spindle speed of the drive is 7200RPM. Sadly, the hybrid hard disk uses the older SATA I interface.
For notebook PC users looking forward to faster PC performance without sacrificing storage capacity or affordability, now there’s an option. Seagate’s new Momentus ® XT drive is the first storage device for notebook PCs that raises the bar for affordable capacity and performance,said John Rydning, IDC’s research director for hard disk drives.
The Momentus XT uses the new Adaptive Memory technology from Seagate, to improve the hard disk performance. According to Seagate, the Adaptive Memory technology will move the frequently accessed file to the faster NAND storage. Asus will use the Seagate Momentus XT hybrid hard disk in their Republic Of Gamers G73JH laptop.
This hybrid hard drive from Seagate will hit the retail market within the next two weeks.