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Seagate Momentus 5400  (Source: Seagate Technology)
Seagate's latest notebook offerings, 3 capacities with hybrid NAND flash technology, does not currently produce promised results

The first Seagate hybrid hard disk drives are now shipping but the reviews will disappoint. Seagate first announced the Momentus 5400 PSD line of hybrid 2.5-inch hard disk drives this past June promising a performance boost based on the hybrid design using NAND flash memory for use with the Windows Vista operating system.

The Momentus 5400 PSD line is shipping in capacities of 80 GB, 120 GB, and 160 GB of magnetic storage combined with 256 MB of flash. The manufacturer's specifications state a 44 MB/sec sustained stransfer rate and 8 MB of that oldschool cache. The average seek time is 12.5 ms with an average latency of 5.6 ms. Combined with Microsoft Windows Vista's ReadyDrive technology hybrid hard drives are supposed to improve system performance, hold increased reliability, and reduce power consumption and/or increase laptop battery life.

However, the first impressions of the first hybrid hard disk drives are leaving consumers with those familiar "empty promise" feelings. Is Seagate's product to blame?

Melissa Johnson, a product manager for Seagate, stated that the cause of the lack of performance improvements over the original flavor of the Momentus 5400 line was in the BIOS and operating system drivers.

Earlier this year, before any hybrid hard drives were available to the general public, Lenovo bloggers made bold claims that first generation hybrid hard drives would be a bust. So far, it seems those claims were true. We can only hope these issues are resolved or the entire idea of a hybrid hard disk drive may become another technology that never could.

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RE: Another hit on Vista...
By lifeblood on 10/8/2007 3:49:25 PM , Rating: 2
"My programs don't work..." Dummy!! They weren't designed for it. Should we all just be held back because you can't use your application?
I'm sorry, but the purpose of an operating system is to run applications. I don't have a PC so I can run an OS, I have it so I can run Apps. Microsoft did a bad job making Vista backward compatible. I really don't feel I should be forced to buy new apps so I can run my apps, and neither do the clients I support. Many of them are on shoe string budgets and can't afford to upgrade to the newest version of all their apps.

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By TomZ on 10/8/2007 3:54:29 PM , Rating: 5
Many of them are on shoe string budgets and can't afford to upgrade to the newest version of all their apps.

People in this situation also shouldn't be upgrading to Vista in the first place. After all, Vista being released doesn't make XP stop working all of a sudden. Upgrading to Vista is a choice a person can make, taking into account the slightly higher hardware requirements and the possibility that older, ill-behaved apps don't run correctly.

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By BitJunkie on 10/8/2007 4:52:00 PM , Rating: 2

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By mindless1 on 10/8/2007 10:07:06 PM , Rating: 2
True, it doesn't make XP stop working, but once MS stops selling XP, you're forced to abandon XP if you don't buy that full license before that point. Essentially, Vista won't be a choice soon enough. People don't usually run out and buy all new software with a new PC, only the OS in most cases.

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By BitJunkie on 10/9/2007 1:32:39 PM , Rating: 2
What you say about XP is axiomatic, I can't see where the revelation is.

RE: Another hit on Vista...
By PrezWeezy on 10/9/2007 9:14:29 PM , Rating: 2
There was a headline not long ago that talked about "Microsoft provides downgrade rights to unhappy Vista users."

"Nowadays you can buy a CPU cheaper than the CPU fan." -- Unnamed AMD executive
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