Momentous XT 500GB Hybrid Drive Rating

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  1. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    I know lots of people are considering this hard drive at the moment, so I thought I'd rate it on speed, noise and power consumption.

    For speed, it is pretty good. I noticed the difference on startup, as my 13" MacBook Pro starts up in 15-17 seconds instead of 25-30 seconds. Opening applications was slightly faster, but not considerably. However once you have opened it once, then closed it again it opens in under 2 seconds until you restart. My old hard drive certainly didn't do that :D

    As its a 7200 RPM drive, its a bit louder than my old 5200 hard drive. There is a tiny bit more vibration when its on desks too. Personally I don't mind the noise. I actually like it a bit, it makes you feel like the hard drive is faster and more powerful :p

    For a 7200 RPM drive it is very good with power. In fact, so far my battery life has improved a noticeable amount :D I am very pleased, as I was expecting to see my battery life suffer :)
     
  2. FCPcutter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for that. I'm considering replacing mine.
     
  3. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    What have you got at the moment, the stock hard drive?
     
  4. HighTopFade macrumors regular

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    Buy it! The nice little vibrations are worth the performance benefits.
     
  5. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    I only notice the vibrations when I put in on a table - even then I don't really mind...
     
  6. croooow macrumors 65816

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    I have the 7200 RPM 500GB drive that Apple provides. Would I see much improvement with this hybrid? Do they make anything larger than 500GB?
     
  7. Reddmanz macrumors regular

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    Thanks for that! I'm another one considering getting this to replace my stock drive. How hard is it to swap them around by the way?
     
  8. HighTopFade macrumors regular

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    Yeah true. That is the only time I notice it.
     
  9. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    I have found with this hard drive that the speed of the computer increases if you never turn it off :p Weird I know, but its pretty good. I may never turn off my MacBook Pro again...

    The Hybrid also makes startup a lot quicker and reduces power consumption. Nice touches...
     
  10. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    It take 5-10 minutes tops assuming you have a 2009 or 2010 MBP. Easiest upgrade you'll probably ever have. It takes much longer to Format and restore the software but most of that time you can watch TV or read a book. It takes about 1 week for the drive to settle down and fully learn, I've had one in my MBP for about 2 months and noticed it vibrated quite a bit on initial turn on and longer than normal to load however once it learned the startup is super fast (less than 20 seconds) and vibration settled down to next to nothing.
     
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    Well this cool guy I know came round and we put it in. He's very experienced with that sort of stuff and I was a bit scared of screwing up... :eek: It wasn't that hard. However you'll need some instruction if you've never done it before ;)
     
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    In your case the upgrade would be nominal in day to day use. You would see dramatic increases in speed on startup and application loading though.
     
  13. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    For the first couple of hours mine throbbed, but it seems a bit quieter now. Plus my bootup time is 15-17 secs.

    Oh, and the hard drive stops spinning when its not in use too :D
     
  14. Reddmanz macrumors regular

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    That doesn't sound too hard. Id just hate to pay a stupid price for something I could do myself. Are there any videos posted on how do this? I reckon I'll pick one up as a Christmas present for myself now haha.
     
  15. croooow macrumors 65816

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    Sounds good! Thank you.
     
  16. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    There's probably a ton about replacing hard drives on MacBook Pros :)
     
  17. rkaufmann87 macrumors 68000

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    If you own a 2009-2010 MBP you don't have to look any further than the owners manual that came with the machine. It's right in there!

    If you don't own one of those machine check out iFixit and Youtube, in Youtube I'd be willing to bet there are over 100!
     
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    I've recently also noticed that this hard drive stays cooler than my old one, therefore bringing down the whole exhaust temp :D
     
  19. JKK photography macrumors regular

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    It seems like an awesome drive.

    I got the WD Scorpio Black, though, because I figured I'll be getting an SSD soon enough.

    Does anyone have any info on this compared directly to an SSD?
     
  20. mrsir2009 thread starter macrumors 604

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    The extra revs are great for the speed, as is the 4GB of SSD. But it still won't be as fast as a full SSD. The great part about the XT is that its cheap, its a lot faster than a normal 5200 RPM and even faster than a 7200 RPM, and you get lots of space (500GB).

    One thing I might possibly do in the next couple of years is replace the optical drive with a second 500GB Hybrid :rolleyes: It would be very nice...
     

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