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Seagate Momentus XT 320 GB 7200RPM SATA 3Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST93205620AS-Bare...
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 749 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.1
Returned or considering to return: 5.2%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.7   average
Cost4.5   above average
Speed4.3   average
Boot4.1   average
Installation3.9   below average
Battery3.8   below average
Capacity3.8   average
Power3.6   average
Warranty3.5   below average
Windows3.2   below average
Read3.1   below average
Firmware2.7   average
Case2.5   mediocre


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Battery

Battery:
"The only downside is that it is a bit hotter and the battery life is not quite as good as with my stock drive."
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"Even so, most people running the SD23 firmware, myself included, are still experiencing the freezing problem in addition to much lower battery life."
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"In any event, with smartmontools removed I still experienced issues with occasional freezing and degraded battery life - about 2 hours."
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"With a 9 cell battery upgrade, laptop is really nice to use away from the plug."
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"Power draw if good - I can get 3 hours out of this laptop on battery depending on what I am working on, so there is arguably a bit better battery life than I had prior."
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"In addition, I do not perceive a degradation in the battery time on my MacBook Pro."
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"The drive worked well all flight and I did not see a reduction in battery life."
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"altho i can't verify that yet, still too new i suppose... i can say that this HDD is running VERY hot, burning a hole in my leg & it has easily HALVED my battery life, with standard average use."
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Boot

Boot:
"You get more space and faster boot up and this is a great compromise in between."
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"I check out this drive, and liked the reviews, and the price was to good to pass up, even though I had a 500GB HDD in my laptop at the time, well just loved the drive, and how quick it worked, the only problem was it only lasted a few weeks and died,just would not boot up,."
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"I notice some boot up problems, some apps will sometimes freeze, and back to normal."
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"My daughter's laptop took almost 2 minutes to cold boot (she's got a lot of junk installed on her computer) but after cloning her hard drive and installing this one, the boot time was reduced by about 50 seconds, definitely a significant improvement."
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"So, the past couple of weeks, many random on and off again errors have happened: - BSOD on boot, restart, sometimes BSOD again, restart again, and finally Windows would eventually load."
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"Firmware update to SD28 was easy to install (boot from CD if Windows script fails) and it seems to address many issues people experienced in the past."
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"Boot and email are a great improvement."
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"I was able to lower the boot time from 84 to 26 seconds."
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"After installing this I was under 30 seconds, not to mention the apps that I start up right after boot now load more quickly as well (chrome, visual studio 2012, excel, zune)"
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"I have had no problems with the hard drive and my laptop boots up extremelly fast."
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"All in all it is well worth the purchase, applications and system boot up are by far quicker."
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Capacity

Capacity:
"For the same price, I could double the storage capacity, but it would eventually be filled with downloaded junk, or just plain unused."
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"When I first bought and tried this Hybrid Drive, I thought the noise coming out during system boot was kind of loud and scary (only during boot, it'll become silent in few seconds), but other then that everything else was more then I expected, it's 1 4 the cost compare to SSD's(fast but expensive)on price wise but still getting almost fast as SSD's performance and yet it's got the capacity (500Gb) of ordinary HDD(slow but cheap), I'm highly stisfied with this product and I'll recommend it to everyone whom currently looking for main drive (boot drive) for Laptop."
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"A combination of flash memory and conventional HDD provides and excellent compromise between drive speed, capacity and price."
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"I love the sshd it has all the benefits of the ssd with the capacity of the hard drive sexy"
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"The second drive purchased and installed in a high performance laptop, I find these drives to be reliable and with good capacity for the price and will purchase another when needed."
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"It might be marginally faster than a good, high speed, large capacity magnetic drive, but don't believe the hype about comparing this to a solid state drive."
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"The price was great and I'm happy with having 500 GB of capacity now."
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"If you wish to doubleand more the power of many same heart pieces modelsof all other manufactures - and not only that model made by ASUS, do the same...and enjoy your new high capacity PC."
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Case

Case:
"My MPB fell 3 times (yes I know, a lot, sorry), once half a meter, once one meter, and once form the hand-baggage compartment in a plane (in that case inside a protection), and no fail at all in the disk (nor the MPB except drive), astonishing."
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"I thought I had effed something up terribly and permanently but that was not the case."
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"All I can say is it could be that there isn't enough airflow or cooling in the laptop which generally mess up drives if they get too hot, and or that Apple OS doesn't work well with this drive, but then there are cases that some apple laptop and desktop users don't experiences any problems with this drive at all."
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"Upon inserting in to external case I was unable to format it and kept getting cyclic redundancy errors."
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"I don't normally write reviews, but in this case, I feel it's important to add to the negative voice on this hard drive so that the same mistake isn't made again and again."
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"In any case, I have had drives from every manufacturer fail me over the years."
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"D in this case, did not mean 'dead', rather it means 'DEFECTIVE'."
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"case is great & cheap."
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"Should you decide to purchase this drive, I recommend you also puchase an external USB case for it, if you wish to copy clone your existing operating system and data."
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"this hybrid will definitely revive your PC or desktop (if you have a conversion kit to mount) - not as fast as a tru SSD but definitely faster than any mechanical HDD except your 10k whiners (which I simply can't listen to in any PC case) - priced right under $90 this 500gb is a quick buy and reliable as can be"
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"It fit very nicely in my miniITX case and gives me the performance I wanted and in a 2.5 inch form factor! "
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Cost

Cost:
"Looked at SSDs for a while and wasn't happy with the cost per Gig even though the speeds were amazing vs what I was used to."
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"Used this drive for a friends laptop who's drive burnt out, great replacement at a reasonable cost, faster and better drive, then OEM."
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"Good concept to cut down on cost but crap results."
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"The small additional cost of the hybrid drive turned out to be one of the best things I could do."
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"But I was surprised to discover that my replacement, a Samsung Spinpoint M4, performs almost as well as the Momentus XT, without the glitches and the added cost inherent in this hybrid model."
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"If cost is not an issue a solid state drive is the way to go, but from a cost perspective this is an excellent alternative."
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Firmware

Firmware:
"There are so many problems with this drive, they were supposed to be fixed in the firmware updates, but the updates don't help."
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"For those who are having problems, try the firmware upgrade."
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"Do you want to be told there's nothing wrong with it, then told it's the firmware only to have that make it much worse?"
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"Either I could have gotten lucky these last 4 times that I have tried it, or the drive came with some bad sectors, or the firmware fixed the problems."
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"Some reviews last year reported problems with locking up, Seagate says firmware updates since have fixed it."
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"Currently, SD 28 is the most recent firmware, and addresses many of the problems people have had with the drive."
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"This was due to the firmware updates on the drive itself, which are a bit easier to implement on Windows rather than Mac."
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"They came with the current firmware (at the time) so it was all good."
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"Came with firmware 28 -- no problems after 3weeks -- slight hum noticed at times, but no vibrations."
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"Its a great drive Firmware version S28 works well Good Luck if you can still get em."
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"Firmware update to SD28 was easy to install (boot from CD if Windows script fails) and it seems to address many issues people experienced in the past."
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Installation

Installation:
"Sadly the installation failed..."
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"On the negative side, installing the drive was much more difficult than I thought it would be."
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"I have not had any freezes or anything, no faulty issues with the drive, and had an easy installation of it into my laptop (as easy as it can get on a tiny laptop anyways...)."
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"The latest firmware release, SD24, was supposed to fix the problem, but after installing it I was (along with many others) still experiencing the glitch."
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"After 10 minutes, the installation problem froze and after 90 minutes the installation failed."
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"I had no problems installing."
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"The installation was easy and once in, this thing was QUIET."
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"Physical installation was a breeze, OS install was as easy as Windows ever is, and it's taken to dual booting to Mint just fine."
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"Pleased with its performance and ease of installation."
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"I finally got around to installing it (easy peasy to replace the HDD on a PS3, btw)."
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Power

Power:
"Since doing these two things, I've been able to restart, power on, and shut down with no hiccups."
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"If your desktop laptop does this AND it is not able to supply the required power that the drive needs when it starts or wakes up, then you get this chirp every time, and it can get annoying."
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"I WAS WORRIED ABOUT THE NOISE AND THE POWER CONSUMPTION BUT IN FACT IT JUST WORKS GREAT ON MY MACBOOK PRO(IT'S QUIET BUT JUST A LITTLE BIT OF BATTERY HUNGRY)."
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"And NO, I did not get a single, rare drive with these amazing powers."
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"Since doing these two things, I've been able to restart, power on, and shut down with no hiccups."
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"So seagate customer support will not even respond without an error code which a hard drive that loses power will not give."
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"Power draw if good - I can get 3 hours out of this laptop on battery depending on what I am working on, so there is arguably a bit better battery life than I had prior."
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"(~170+ MB s)Great in the laptop form factor (2.5)Low power consumption and heatCons:Not 1TB or GreaterNot an SSDExpensive for 500GB"
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Price

Price:
"This is not designed to be the best out there but it's pretty good for its price."
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"However, the price wasn't ridiculous, it's a decent size for laptop drive, and it hasn't died yet; so it gets a standard it's okay rating."
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"Heard a lot about this new hybrid technology Hdd, saw good reviews and thought to be a good option near the high price charged for SSDs, but it was disappointing to see that the Momentus XT is not faster than a normal HDD notebook, in scores of windows managed 4.9 points, which is a shame."
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")And for the price of $89.99, how can you go wrong with these tangible gains in performance?"
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"Glad I spent the extra money, the lack of frustration is worth it."
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"If you are considering this drive based on reviews from professional reviewers, save yourself a lot of time, money and frustration by avoiding the Momentus XT drive."
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"For such a fantastic hard drive, this thing is pretty cheap."
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"Good product, Fair price."
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"Good product for the money."
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"Great price and fast shipping, item is exactly as described."
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"I am extremely impressed and I highly recommend hybrid drives as alternatives to ssd's until the prices of ssd's drop."
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Read

Read:
"I read a lot about this because the deal alert and the mac problems with this."
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"About a month ago, the drive stared to get read errors."
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"My friend with an OEM HDD can at least be guaranteed a ceiling of 100ms for the worst reads."
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"I read a number of negative reviews about this drive before I took the risk and bought one."
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"I was worried about this purchase, especially after having read every forum on the 'net about spinning beach balls, drastically reduced battery life, and crashes."
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"******UPDATE TO EARLIER REVIEW*******When tested in HD Tune Pro v4.60,...-in the Health tab,(B8) End to End Error Detection showed FAILED,...-in Benchmark Read Momentus XT 7200 500Gb 32MB cache:Min."
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"Good price, no problems here, although I have read about some people having freeze ups, I have had absolutely no problems at all"
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"I read and reread the reviews of the various drives and how well they work with the PS3."
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"Here is the low down on this product:1) Shipped in a Plain Cardboard Box, Well packed but low price since no fancy designs.2) Easy to install in your laptop.3) Make sure to read operating system instructions on how to properly install the drive, this unit does not come with instructions.4) Buy a good transfer program: like available from Acronis - this way you won't need to reinstall operating system and program software.5# Easier and quicker to install if your laptop has two drive bays, however an external SATA Wire or SATA Enclosure will also work for moving your files."
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"Using Dtrace on my MacBook, I was able to see that it took 2 seconds to read 512KB in spikes every once in a while."
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"Ill keep this short and sweet:Pros:The read speed is phenomenal on larger files, almost the same speed as a 10k RPM drive."
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Speed

Speed:
"After more than three years of good services, the Toshiba was showing signs of wear and the performance was degrading."
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"If you're looking for top of line, high speed, huge memory filled hard drive this isn't for you, but if you are looking for a good performance all around average hard drive for a decent price this is the one to get."
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"Compared to the painfully slow 5400rpm drive that came with the computer, the Seagate Momentus XT is much faster."
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"The computer i broke was only a month old and so it was not slow."
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"I am very pleased with the speed of this drive, however I am disappointed that I believe I received a defective unit that has a chirping noise and runs very warm at times and loud."
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"I've owned Seagate hard drives for the last 20+ years and never had one fail or cause problems ... from ATA ... SATA ... SCSI ... you name it ... they all performed flawlessly."
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"I don't personally know how well it performs on a computer but if you're in the market for upgrading your PS3's hard drive , this is the way to go."
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"and right away I was able to gauge how well this thing performs."
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"It was very fast in response time when it worked -- it worked well."
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"Fast and reliable."
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"Great performance, fast but is noisy."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"You should expect more than 2 years out of a hdd and if it fails before, you should expect the manufacturer to honor their warranty."
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"Regardless of whether the SSD fails out of warranty, you can still use it as a 500GB 7200RPM HD."
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"RMA took 2 weeks from their receipt of drive and identification as failed and under warranty to mail me a new (technically, refurbished) drive."
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"It takes Seagate quite a while to process your return once they receive it; my tracking number showed that the returned drive was delivered to them on Monday Jun 24, but Seagate didn't process and show it as received until Wed Jul 3.Rating the warranty service, I appreciate the Advanced replacement option, but they are still quite slow."
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"SeaTools diagnostic interfaces nicely with website to verify warranty status."
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"The drives have only been installed for a couple of weeks, but I've had excellent history with Seagate and their 3 year warranty has rarely been used."
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"You add a 5-year warranty to the mix and you've got a decision which is easier than pie."
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"These are the enterprise class drives of the notebook world, and the 5 year warranty speaks nicely to this."
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Windows

Windows:
"I had a problem getting Windows to recognize it for what it is."
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"Problems arose when I tried to use the Windows 'diskpart' command to partition it.> select disk 1> clean> create partition primary> select partition 1> active> format fs=ntfs quick> assignWindows immediately popped up in saying it had found problems with the hard drive and the drive needed to be checked for errors."
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"FINAL UPDATE: Turns out my problem this whole time was a Windows problem."
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"Outside of the Windows has encountered a serious error and Launch startup repair prompts that come with the territory of hard resets, the drive performs like a champ and boots my computer in less than 30 seconds, with all my favorite programs loading almost instantaneously."
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"Firmware update to SD28 was easy to install (boot from CD if Windows script fails) and it seems to address many issues people experienced in the past."
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"I think for someone that doesnt do allot of multi tasking maybe it is ok and the programing that manages the small SSD doesnt get confused, but that still doesnt explain all the failures to even initialize in bios or crash just as windows begins to boot."
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"This was due to the firmware updates on the drive itself, which are a bit easier to implement on Windows rather than Mac."
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"My first one started failing after 5 months...end to end errors showed in smartmontools, then my computer had 2 devastating crashes from which I was barely able to recover with my Windows 7 recovery disc."
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"Physical installation was a breeze, OS install was as easy as Windows ever is, and it's taken to dual booting to Mint just fine."
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"The Hybrid drive is much faster and gave great scores in the Windows profiling tool."
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"Tossed my Windows 7 setup dvd into my dvd drive and started up the laptop and did a nice, fresh, clean install of Windows 7 before upgrading to Windows 8."
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