Seagate Momentus XT 500GB ST95005620AS Reviewajmatson - May 23, 2010
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In the world of computing, everyone likes a computer that can start up and shut down quickly. The ability to boot into your system as fast as possible allows you to start the tasks you set out to do that much faster. The sweet spot is about 30 seconds or less. With conventional hard drives it is possible, but very hard to get. With the speed of SSDs it should be easier but there is only one way to tell and that is test it out. To run these tests, I used a stop watch to calculate the number of seconds it took from pressing the power button on the case, to having a fully functioning desktop. For the shut down test, I timed from the click of the shut down button in the start menu, until power was off to the system.
While still above the 30 second sweet spot, the Momentus XT was able to pull off a boot 13 seconds faster than a traditional hard drive. The Momentus XT even had the fastest shut down time of all the drives, including the SSD's.