Seagate momentus XT noise, heat, battery life

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jdhatt, Jun 10, 2010.

  1. jdhatt macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
    ive read many threads on this but havent received any conclusion to the battery life. and mixed opinions on the noise....anyone have both stock 5400rpm along with this one and done a comparison? is the speed worth it? is it still faster than the average 7200rpm once the 4gb SDD flash has been used up? my biggest concern is noise and battery life....i guess heats pretty important too...
  2. jbyun04 macrumors 6502a


    Aug 31, 2008
    benchmarks show the XT being faster than Velociraptors (10,000RPM) but slower than SSD. At $159 for 500GB though? That's a pretty good deal.

    I'm wondering the same about heating, battery life etc; as well though
  3. oplix Suspended


    Jun 29, 2008
    New York, NY
    I'll give you an honest opinion since I have one. Battery life should be the same. As far as the noise is concerned, you will not really hear this hard drive under normal usage.

    HOWEVER, if you are in a very quiet environment or/and your ears are close to the laptop (such as if you are lying down with it in front of you), you will notice the noise.

    Theres a particular clicking noise as well. Everytime the drive writes data, it will make the normal gargling noise followed by a some kind of click. I'm not sure if this is normal but I do know that this happens with this particular model.
  4. NEvolution macrumors regular

    May 2, 2010
    Hong Kong
  5. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
    is that amount of noise normal for any 7200rpm? how does it compare to 5400rpm
  6. kmkarim macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2008
    Hrm, I know there is a bit of a difference between the 5400 and the 7200 rpm drives. The 7200 do make a bit of a louder noise in the macbook pros compared to the 5400's but its not that noticeable. The only noticeable time is the startup to get the drive spinning.
  7. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
    hmmmm....interesting....anyone know anything about the heat and battery consumption of this drive?
  8. boogieman macrumors regular


    Nov 10, 2004
    I have went through 5 to 6 battery cycles and to be honest I can't tell a bit of a difference. Heat is the same. Only diff I have found is my apps just load a heck of a lot faster. And sounds the same as my old 7200 rpm seagate.
  9. Celeron macrumors 6502a

    Mar 11, 2004
    I put one of these in my 15'' i7 on Tuesday. Heat is the same as the 7200 drive that came with my laptop. Noise is a little louder than before, but nothing unbearable. I can't really comment on battery life as it seems to be about the same, but the battery in these i7s varies so damn much depending on what apps I'm running I can't say for sure.
  10. gimmi80 macrumors member

    Apr 10, 2010
    Good thread. I want to buy one as soon as they land on amazon! I've a $150 gc that would be perfect for it
  11. marcovortex macrumors member


    Jul 7, 2009
    Toronto, ON
    I added the 500g version of this drive to my mid 2010 15" mbp a few days ago..
    I can't notice any more noise from it.
    Heat doesn't seem to have changes either. (side note: these i7 mbp's can get pretty toasty so if heat is a concern I would maybe wait to see what they do with a software update or hardware revision)
    Like other posters, depending on what I'm doing the battery life seems to vary wildly. I can't see an impact from this drive however.

    What I do notice is the speed difference! WOW! Apps open up so much faster, reboots make it seem like a SSD.
    Highly recommended imho. Until SSD come down in price/up in storage I think this is the best current solution.
  12. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
    hmmm that sounds pretty good! do you find the 4gb of SSD is enough? i mean have u ever had it run out and then some programs open really slow? or do all programs open quite faast?
  13. nuckinfutz macrumors 603


    Jul 3, 2002
    Middle Earth
    You don't manage the SSD yourself that's all done by the drive. For all intents and purposes it functions like a very fast standard drive. You don't have to manage anything extra.
  14. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
    how long does it take for the SSD to adapt to your changes? have u ever had anything run slowly or do they all manage to make use of the 4gb?
  15. dorky24 macrumors newbie

    May 19, 2010
    From what i've been researching, it seems to adapt to your usage after a couple of days. I'm wondering though if you use a wide variety of applications such as bootcamp and playing games, will it still be worth it to get?
  16. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
    exactly what im wondering, anyone try this out yet?
  17. barefeats macrumors 65816


    Jul 6, 2000
    Amazon is quoting july ship date.

    Newegg is good about notifying you when they are in stock. They contacted me last thursday when stock came in. They are quoting June 16th for their next date for having stock at $129.99. xt
  18. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
    ncix also has it. but yea, anyone try it on bootcamp with gaming yet?
  19. chrispholt macrumors regular

    Feb 6, 2010
    Cheddar, UK. Yes where the cheese comes from..
    Any body know when this is coming to the UK?
    Getting my mbp next week and I want to put this in straight away. Dont even want to use the standard 320gb drive :mad:
  20. Eithanius macrumors 65816

    Nov 19, 2005
    I've got a friend in the UK said he checked with the retailers there, probably by next month....
  21. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
  22. fobis macrumors member

    Apr 19, 2010
    What more do you want to know? If you access your Windows partition frequently, then some of your Windows boot files, etc., will start occupying some of the SSD, and Windows will boot faster. You can hope, then, that it won't crowd out OS X's boot files, etc.

    The concept is pretty simple: the most accessed data is the data that is written to the SSD and therefore becomes the quickest to access.
  23. peapody macrumors 68040


    Oct 7, 2007
    San Francisco, CA
    Interesting. I did not know that the momentus does that..but to be honest I haven't dont much reading on the product. I don't know whether to get this or a straight up SSD.. I have 20gbs left on my 80gb...that is not even enough for me to be comfortable dedicating to a virtual machine. Time to read some more.
  24. jdhatt thread starter macrumors regular

    Jun 3, 2010
    yea i think im gonna end up going with the momentus....hopefully it doesnt make too much noise, heat or drain the battery
  25. oplix Suspended


    Jun 29, 2008
    New York, NY
    I notice the same benefit when booting Windows 7 and OS X. Both are lightning fast boots and both of the OS's core files are kept in the XT's memory. This drive is amazing for dual-booting.

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