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Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb-s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST750LX003 by Review Summary ,  Oct 7, 2015

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Seagate Momentus XT 750 GB 7200RPM SATA 6Gb/s 32 MB Cache 2.5 Inch Solid State Hybrid Drive ST750LX003
Report Date: 10/10/2015
Based on 1003 customer reviews
Overall satisfaction: 4.4
Returned or considering to return: 3.4%

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Individual Feature Rating
Price4.6   average
Quality4.4   average
Installation4.3   average
Speed4.3   average
Battery4.2   above average
Capacity4.0   average
Packaging4.0   average
Write4.0   average
Boot3.9   average
Cost3.8   below average
Windows3.3   average
Case3.2   average
Read2.9   average
Warranty2.9   average


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Battery

Battery:
"So just to be clear, the drive is EXCELLENT with MacOS and Macbook Pro's including latest update 10.8.2 - no sleep issues, no battery drain problems, and no read write problems."
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"I have not had any of the battery issues others have seen with problems of the drive not spinning down."
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"And i run my laptop pc long and hard every day, sometimes over 24 hours, and it runs perfectly fine, and i get better battery life as well, despite it being an 7200rpm drive."
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"Honestly this product runs pretty hot and will drain your battery life."
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"I have noticed little to no difference in battery life as well, although my battery doesn't last very long these days regardless (about 2 hours), and I am plugged in most of the time."
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"I feel that my battery has slightly improved as well."
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Boot

Boot:
"It finally failed altogether about 2 weeks ago and will not boot."
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"However, for the past few months I started getting errors where my laptop would freeze or refuse to boot into the OS."
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"used this drive on a laptop with XP, no noticeable speed change until the third power recycle, then it was exceptionally fast, however updating to windows 8 cause many glitches with normal programs, after a windows 8 upgrade the drive failed to boot."
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"I had to trade for a new one, which solved the boot up problem."
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"There was a problem in some of the solid state circuitry chips, which caused boot up failures."
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"(I'd still rather have the extra security than save a couple few minutes, and whenever I feel frustrated at how long my laptop is taking to boot, I boot an old XP desktop on which I also installed Avast."
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"It's built well and really does speed up the boot time."
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"They seem to work well in USB enclosures and internally (as the primary boot drive) in my ThinkPad T60 and Z61t both still running WinXP SP3.However, when installed in the UltraBay (hot-swappable drive caddy) Windows cannot find them if they are plugged inwhile the PC is running."
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"Though haven't speed up my system boot as well as expected."
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"I replaced an 5200rpm HDD in my laptop with this and it's made a very noticeable difference, I have a HP Core i5 Laptop with this as the main and only HDD and windows 8 boots up to the desktop in around 20 seconds on a cold boot, I am very impressed the quality and speed of this HDD, it was nice to find a decent sized 7200RPM HDD with the benefits of using an SSD for a really good price"
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"Boot time is great, although I dont frequently power off my machine."
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Capacity

Capacity:
"It's a great compromise in terms of speed vs capacity."
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"I was worried about installing large capacity drives from the reviews I read."
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"They seemed to suggest that there was an inherent problem with large capacity drives in a small form factor for laptops."
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"My current laptop doesn't support mSATA drives, so until I get my next laptop, the Seagate Momentus XT will have been an excellent compromise blend of speed and capacity."
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"It is an excellent balance between hard disk capacity and speed disk, no complaints so far, I recommend!"
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"Hard to beat the combination of speed and capacity."
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"Performance is excellent and you can't beat that storage capacity."
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"Good capacity and performance."
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"Fast as all get out and has the capacity need for a decent steam library."
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"This is a great upgrade for laptops, excellent quality, lot of storage capacity and fast."
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"It's a great compromise in terms of speed vs capacity."
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Case

Case:
"I tried to replace the second HD in my Toshiba laptop with this drive but ran into many problems so I just put it in an external drive case for backup."
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"The problem may be in the HP drivers in which case I'm out of luck giving the status of HP support."
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"So also purchased Alua-tek External SATA Hard Drive duplicator, that takes the (problem some in this case) computer out of the equation."
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"Also, don't clone - that seems to cause problems in some cases."
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"Well, since this hasn't been the case it's possible that the Momentus drains less battery than my previous standar drive, and the added memory makes up for the difference such that I don't notice any change in the whole."
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"It's easy enough to open up the case, and to remove and replace the drive."
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"The SSD cache on this device is beneficial for the best case scenario above."
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"Well, I'm using this drive in a desktop case instead of a standard 3.5 hard drive."
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"No problem if you're using a newer OS (Win7 in this case) as you can choose tweak windows settings to extend the partition to include the new space!"
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Cost

Cost:
"I would have gone for full fledged solid state if they made them in high enough capacity and they didn't cost a fortune, but this hybrid drive was a great compromise."
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"So if you don't want to spend the extra hundreds it cost's for an ssd and a little performance this is a very nice compromise."
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"I bought this drive to accomodate the expanding iMovie Projects folder on the internal disk of my MacBook Pro, and it seemed a reasonable compromise between a standard drive and the prohibitive cost of a true SSD product."
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"I have been thinking about upgrading my hard drive for a while now, I looked at SSDs and 7200 RPM drives and I was worried about the lack of capacity for the SSD's per cost, and I was worried about the 7200 not being a big enough improvement."
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"Having read numerous online reviews, this drive seemed a sensible compromise between the current high cost and lower capacity of a SSD and slower speed of a traditional HDD."
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"Some reviews of this type of product complain about the higher cost, forgetting that when you buy a drive, you get two capabilities."
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"this is my third one....great drive for cost benefit HHDvsSSD"
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"For a tiny additional cost, I get some nice snappy responses and then some usual HDD activity."
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"I think if you keep that in mind, you'll find this a pleasant and cost effective upgrade."
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"I would have gone for full fledged solid state if they made them in high enough capacity and they didn't cost a fortune, but this hybrid drive was a great compromise."
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"Without question, one of the best low cost investments I've made in a long time."
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Installation

Installation:
"However, post installation, there was enough niggling minor problems, especially with indexing and search, that I went with a different search engine, then ultimately re-installed Windows 7."
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"I was worried about installing large capacity drives from the reviews I read."
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"Took me a bit to install as got the no drive error while installing Windows."
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"I am not sure if I got a faulty drive but after installing the Momentus XT 750gb into my Macbook Pro 2011, although I noticed a significan't increase in boot time and application opening, I couldn't help but notice the drives spinning issue."
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"The XT 750 was a no hassle installation, drivers found in Win 7."
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"After a tricky DIY installation the result is very good for the money."
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"Backup your files, definitely, but the installation went quite well."
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"My third Seagate Momentus, and the best installation experience yet!"
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"my recommendation after installing the OS restart a few times."
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"An easy way to check whether your Windows installation is functioning is to run Windows Update."
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Packaging

Packaging:
"It arrived exactly when promised, and I doubt anything could have gone wrong with the packaging."
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"*BTW - Online sales of this drive will typically ship in generic frustration free packaging as opposed to retail packaging."
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"I opened the package and inside of the really well packaged envelope was a block of foam holding the hybrid SSHD in an unopened static envelope as from the factory."
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"Nice job on the packaging which arrived in a few thick layers of bubble wrap in a labelled cardboard box twice its size which seemed a little overkill for such a small item."
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"While it's not a deal breaker since I was able to get this at a value of 13 cents per GB, the package will be shipped with Seagate packaging."
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"Packaging was well done."
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Price

Price:
"..even the regular performance is huge difference...best $90 I have spent my whole life...perfect compromise for SSD like performance and price."
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"I had reservations about going fully SSD (primarily because of price), so I thought this would be a good compromise."
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"The only downside is the price - could be cheaper"
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"I must admit, I am happy with this purchase because it is a great compromise between speed, price affordability and it didn't decrease my battery life as much as I originally expected."
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"Hybrid or not, $125 is a good price for a 750gb hard drive."
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"Money well spent, and a nice compromise between a SSD and hard-drive."
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"..even the regular performance is huge difference...best $90 I have spent my whole life...perfect compromise for SSD like performance and price."
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"Works great, low noise, low heat, great price, fast delivery! "
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"If you're looking for a good hard drive with a little more speed than a standard 7200 RPM laptop drive, this is a good choice if you can get it for a reasonable price."
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"Until SSD get price competitive or make these 'old-fashioned' it's the best on the market."
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"Good price at the time."
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Quality

Quality:
"For $12.00, its hard to say no to such a quality made converter."
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"On budget restraints, and always looking for a compromise between price for a top quality got-it-all product and being able to afford it with everything one needs, this Seagate Momentus XT 750 hybrid is a great, and I think affordable, compromise."
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"great quality."
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"I replaced an 5200rpm HDD in my laptop with this and it's made a very noticeable difference, I have a HP Core i5 Laptop with this as the main and only HDD and windows 8 boots up to the desktop in around 20 seconds on a cold boot, I am very impressed the quality and speed of this HDD, it was nice to find a decent sized 7200RPM HDD with the benefits of using an SSD for a really good price"
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"This is a great upgrade for laptops, excellent quality, lot of storage capacity and fast."
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"Good quality drive, Faster than my 5400 and 7200 (slightly faster than 7200) hard drives I have."
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"My one year and a half notebook starts in seconds now, great capacity, lots of movies on hdrip quality."
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Read

Read:
"I started getting nervous this disk was failing (I mean, if you can't read copy your files, then you're kind of screwed, right? )"
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"I've read both positive and negative reviews on this product."
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"Under 400 operating hours and over 1 million read errors."
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"No operating system found and then I tried to use it as an external drive to see if it could read the files, but no, I O error."
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"Benchmark also showed it to be erratic - no two runs showed read data rates alike across the entire disk."
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"So just to be clear, the drive is EXCELLENT with MacOS and Macbook Pro's including latest update 10.8.2 - no sleep issues, no battery drain problems, and no read write problems."
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"This one has a 7200RPM HDD**The Good: Average trasf: 128MB read write over SATA 3 PCIE x2 card (very consistent as per ATTO)Quiet - 2.5inPerfect for PS3 4, old laptops and desktops."
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"I read some good reviews on this drive and decided to give it a whirl."
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"By the time you run this test a third time, the 4k read performance numbers are just as good as my Kingston HyperX SSD."
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"iTunes sync to my iPhone, however, is a good bit faster, even though it's still USB 2.0.This drive is definitely built to optimize reads, and it does a fantastic job at that."
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"Remarkably, read data rate performance was equal to first tests - average read data rate ~ 94 MB s with the graph an almost perfect overlay to earlier runs."
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Speed

Speed:
"..even the regular performance is huge difference...best $90 I have spent my whole life...perfect compromise for SSD like performance and price."
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"my laptop was dead slow being a basic one and everything used to take ages to load."
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"At a high level running a SSD without TRIM could cause it to slow down and fail early."
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"After less than three years of use my Seagate Super Speed failed."
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"This was a fantastic upgrade for a failing laptop which is now my go to device when I need fast computing.."
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"Given that I look for two things in a drive, speed and reliability, this one has failed on all counts."
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"Working till now, great performace and capacityNo problems so far"
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"..even the regular performance is huge difference...best $90 I have spent my whole life...perfect compromise for SSD like performance and price."
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"Still working great, and FAST access."
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"The speed is great and really cuts down the repetitive loading."
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Warranty

Warranty:
"I went through the entire warranty process again, and the exact problem repeated."
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"Only drawback, the warranty."
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"The negative initial warranty experience was also shared by others as reported in comments."
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"With respect to my experience where my purchased from Amazon drive was refused warranty replacement, he said there was a one character difference in the serial numbers from my February 2013 failed warranty attempt and the successful attempt in June."
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"I have bought other seagate products and have had no problem, this unit has a nice warranty already from the manufacture etc.. good luck.."
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"The biggest problem I have with this drive is the warranty service."
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"Your warranty won't cover that damage."
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"It was still well under warranty, but I needed a replacement fast."
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"They were never a problem and honored their warranties."
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"No problems, and I check Warranty at Seagate and show me that is 3 years drive."
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"I have bought other seagate products and have had no problem, this unit has a nice warranty already from the manufacture etc.. good luck.."
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Windows

Windows:
"I proceeded to install Windows 8 (custom install) without a hitch however there was a problem activating Windows 8."
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"used this drive on a laptop with XP, no noticeable speed change until the third power recycle, then it was exceptionally fast, however updating to windows 8 cause many glitches with normal programs, after a windows 8 upgrade the drive failed to boot."
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"Good product but the claims are inflated, Unless you boot or in general load some files often from this the SSD part of this drive is useless as the Windows caching mechanism is doing a better job."
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"Took me a bit to install as got the no drive error while installing Windows."
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"Windows wouldn't load because Windows failed to start."
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"Works great I put windows 7 on there and it's running great no issues as of yet!"
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"I am using windows 8.1 ( Which is pretty OK it just takes ALOT of getting use to ) when I booted up my laptop ( Toshiba c55t a5123 ) it literately took 14 sec to boot into my OS."
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"Windows startup considerably faster as well."
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"used this drive on a laptop with XP, no noticeable speed change until the third power recycle, then it was exceptionally fast, however updating to windows 8 cause many glitches with normal programs, after a windows 8 upgrade the drive failed to boot."
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"Most importantly, it allows me to run Windows 7 in VMWare Fusion pretty fast."
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Write

Write:
"So just to be clear, the drive is EXCELLENT with MacOS and Macbook Pro's including latest update 10.8.2 - no sleep issues, no battery drain problems, and no read write problems."
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"The 2011 MBPs 15 & 17 don't support a 6Gb s drive (even though it is supposed to) and will only negotiate down to 3Gb s. However, for some reason this drive will not complete that negotiation- it is recognized but throws I O errors when you try to write files -- rendering it effectively useless."
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"Though I tend not to write negative reviews if I can help it, unfortunately this product doesn't stand up to its promises."
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"This one has a 7200RPM HDD**The Good: Average trasf: 128MB read write over SATA 3 PCIE x2 card (very consistent as per ATTO)Quiet - 2.5inPerfect for PS3 4, old laptops and desktops."
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"If you can't figure it out, or have problems, write their support people."
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"I will be on the lookout, next year, for the firmware update that adds writes as well as reads to the data transfers algorithm."
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"the original hard drive in my laptop turned out to be a segate momentus 5400.6 sata 3gb s so while that one was good, the read write was around 60mb s while good, it was only a 5400rpm hdd and with my needs, Im better off with a 7200rpm hard drive at least."
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