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Seagate Introduces Hybrid SSD/Platter Hard Drive

May 24, 2010, 15:03 (0 Talkback[s])
(Other stories by Andy Patrizio)

"Seagate is offering the best of both worlds with a new hard drive, the Momentus XT, that combines the capacity of a platter-based hard disk with the speed of a solid-state drive (SSD). Combining the two is a special algorithm that learns the user's habits and stores the most commonly retrieved data on the SSD, or moves data off when not used.

"Seagate (NYSE: STX) tried something like this a few years ago but the drives were not well received due to poor performance. After a few more years of technological advances, the company said it's got the kinks worked out.

"Momentus XT is a 2.5-inch drive, a form factor designed for notebooks, but it will work just fine in a desktop or even a server with a third-party mounting bracket in a 3.5-inch drive bay."

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