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Tuesday, 29 November 2011 12:31

Seagate releases next gen hard-drives

Written by Nick Farell

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Momentus event

Seagate is shipping its second generation of Momentus XT, solid state hybrid drive for consumer and commercial laptops.

It is claiming that it is the company’s fastest drive ever for personal computers. It means that users can boost boot-up speed and overall performance.

Already seven OEMs are gearing up to flog laptops based around the Momentus XT. The drive is now available at online retailers Amazon, Canada Computers, CDW, Memory Express, NCIX, Newegg, and TigerDirect.

The Momentus XT drive uses Seagate’s Adaptive Memory and FAST Factor technologies. Adaptive Memory technology works by identifying data usage patterns, and then moving the most frequently retrieved information to solid state memory for faster access.

Adaptive Memory effectively tailors hard drive performance to each user and the applications they use. FAST Factor technology blends the strengths of SSDs and hard disk drives for faster access to applications, quicker bootup and higher overall system speed.

John Rydning, research vice president at IDC said that high-speed storage devices make a difference when it comes to improving overall PC performance. He thinks that the Momentus gives notebook PC users an economical option for boosting PC performance while at the same time providing spacious storage capacity all in one device.

The Momentus XT drive is nearly 70 percent faster than the prior Momentus drive version and up to three times faster than a traditional hard disk drive while providing 750GB of storage capacity. Its Serial ATA 6Gb/second interface and 8 gigabytes of Single Level Cell NAND flash double the interface and NAND read-write speed of the previous generation.

The Momentus XT drive is now shipping in volume worldwide. A 750GB drive will cost $245.


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