Seagate Momentus XT ST750LX003 Hybrid 750GB Reviewccokeman - November 29, 2011
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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 quicker. Not to mention that the older you get, the greater the chance you'll forget what you wanted to use the computer for in the first place! The sweet spot is about 30 seconds or less. It is possible with conventional hard drives, though very difficult to attain this "golden" 30-second time. This should be easier with the speed of an SSD, but the only way to tell is to test it out. To run the startup test, I used a stopwatch to calculate the number of seconds it took from pressing the power button on the case, to having a fully-functioning desktop. For the shutdown test, I began timing from the click of the shutdown button in the start menu, and stopped when the system power was off.
This test illustrates the capabilities of the Seagate Momentus XT and its FAST technology in a way that is repeatable. Rather than having to learn what files are needed through continued boot cycles the technologies and algorithms used by Seagate allow the OS boot files to be captured and stored on the NAND flash during the OS install. This helps to bring the boot performance in line with that of an SSD from boot one. As seen by the boot up results the Momentus XT is within a couple seconds of most of the Solid State Drives tested.