Seagate puts 2.5” hybrid HDD into mass-production

"Seagate ships energy-efficient, fast-responding Momentus® 5400 PSD notebook hard drive; heralds new generation of computer storage for laptops, other computers."

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Notebook Computers Go Green - Seagate Hybrid Hard Drive Ushers in New Era of Power-Thrifty, Higher Performance Mobile Computing

Seagate Technology, the world's number one hard drive maker, today launched a new era of digital storage by shipping in volume hybrid notebook disc drives that combine disc storage with flash memory to deliver ultra power efficiency, faster boot-ups and greater reliability for the exploding laptop PC market.

"With instant access to content, an increasingly essential part of the digital lifestyle, laptop users expect systems with snappy response, longer battery life and new levels of durability," said Tom Major, Seagate vice president, Personal Compute Business. "Seagate is delivering in volume worldwide the best of two worlds - hard disc drives and flash memory - to enable laptop PCs with cutting-edge capabilities and tighten the connection between users and their information."

Seagate has been at the forefront of introducing energy-saving features on its hard drives, and the new Momentus 5400 PSD hard drive ends the perennial trade-off for notebook PC makers. Laptop users want faster systems, but boosting laptop PC performance with higher speed components has traditionally meant higher power consumption and shorter battery life, raising the question: How do you reduce power consumption while delivering faster access to notebook data?

Combine power-efficient, quick-response flash memory with a fast hard disc drive.

The new Momentus 5400 PSD (Power Savings Drive) hard drive uses non-volatile cache, or flash memory, to cost-effectively deliver the benefits of solid state disc drives. The Momentus hard drive places commonly used hard drive data onto a large 256MB flash memory to deliver these capabilities:

Faster boot-up - Once a notebook is turned on, a traditional hard drive's platters must spin up before boot-up can begin. Hybrid hard drives load boot-up files on the flash memory to minimize this delay. Once the drive spins up, computer files are pulled simultaneously from the spinning media and the flash.

Lower power consumption - Seagate's Momentus 5400 PSD hard drives reduce hard disc drive power draw by up to 50 percent and extends battery life - especially important in mobile applications - by reducing platter spin time. In hybrid mode, the hard drive's spindle motors spin down, dramatically reducing the drive’s power requirements.

Greater reliability - Reducing platter spin time extends drive life by minimizing wear and tear. In hybrid mode, the drive locks its read-write heads in place, enabling the drive to withstand 900 Gs of shock, the rough equivalent of dropping a laptop from a height of six feet to a hard surface.

Higher performance - Hybrid hard drives also quicken access to laptop data. Windows Vista’s ReadyDrive technology uses Vista Superfetch to analyze computer usage patterns - such as how frequently a worker accesses certain files - and place commonly accessed user data in the flash memory to shorten system response time.

"We're thrilled Seagate is bringing to market hybrid hard drives that take full advantage of Windows Vista," said Dennis Moulton, product manager of Windows Client marketing at Microsoft. "It is this type of innovation in the ecosystem that helps move the bar, and we're excited about the productivity gains this helps bring to our customers in combination with Windows Vista."

All versions of Windows Vista deliver native support for hybrid drives, so system builders and end users alike can take advantage of hybrid hard drive technology today. Hybrid technology also delivers benefits for desktop, enterprise and other hard drives. Look for hybrid technology on other Seagate drive platforms in the future.

Videocast: Seagate Delivers Hybrid Hard Drive
To view the videocast on the subject of Seagate’s new hybrid hard drives, please visit http://www.podtech.net/home/3805/seagate-announces-hybrid-drive-for-laptops.

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07-01-2007, 11:16:10

Mr. Smith

to get those scratches out you want one of those nylon finishing pads and just do the whole front in the same direction as the original brushing. Ill see if i have any about and post a pic so you know what i'm on about. then go over it once the scratches are out with some micro paper or an abrasive like Tcut

Edit: hang on, is that even brushed steel? :confused:



Tis aluminum... Why? Is the method you describe for steel?

07-01-2007, 11:52:01

Ares210

Ooooh, PA120.3, u gonna mount it in the top of the case like I did?

http://oldforums.overclock3d.net/showthread.php?t=242 :)



I would bang that Frag. How could you ever get rid of such a sexii rig?

07-01-2007, 13:34:44

Kempez
It's a PC75 - if it has a window. Check my work log for some internals and also pics of putting a 360 rad on the top inside it

07-01-2007, 17:21:52

Mr. Smith
I want this rig to be as silent as possible yet still deliver decent temps with an OC... I'm stuck at 3.33 but hopefully the new mobo will sort that, failing that i'm getting the quad in q2 anyhow.

I hear putting the rad on the bottom gives better performance. Is this true, if so why?

What fans can anyone recommend bearing in mind I want near silence and performance lol (the two just don't go together do they lol)

07-01-2007, 17:37:54

FragTek
Putting the rad on the bottom of the case allows you to get a fresh intake airflow from underneath the case and have the air pushed in to the case and out the exhaust areas, works really well if you add 1 or 2 120mm exhaust fans on the top.

When you mount the rad on the top of the case you have 2 options, blow in to case or out of case. Blowing in to case gives you colder ambient air passing by the rads fins and gives better overall loop temps but screws the air circulation inside the case and creates some nasty dust problems. Blowing out of the case means ur blowing the hot air from inside the case through the rad making the radiator less effective but acts as a good means of case exhaust. I went with the air blowing in to the case for my build.

07-01-2007, 18:36:13

Mr. Smith

When you mount the rad on the top of the case you have 2 options, blow in to case or out of case. Blowing in to case gives you colder ambient air passing by the rads fins and gives better overall loop temps but screws the air circulation inside the case and creates some nasty dust problems. Blowing out of the case means ur blowing the hot air from inside the case through the rad making the radiator less effective but acts as a good means of case exhaust. I went with the air blowing in to the case for my build.



Cheers, I was aware of this bit though. I have my current rad top mounted pulling air into the case - the dust thing is a nightmare! I'm tempted to switch the fans around (sucking the hot air through rad and out of case) to see what effect this has on my temps.

11-01-2007, 14:29:30

Mr. Smith
I need some advice, for a change!

Case arrived... Not that impressed tbh. Doesn't have a window - but thats cool as I had an idea...

Seems well old and dirty. I'm stuck with it now so how do I clean this sucker up?

Torn between 2 finishes. Somehow get the scratches out and keep the brushed alu look (if possible)

Or polish the fook out of it to get rid of the scratched thus creating a mirror-ish finish...

Either way, how do I do it???

I'd like to use a power tool if poss as the prospects of hand sanding this doesn't appeal.

Cheers

11-01-2007, 14:41:00

nathan


I'd like to use a power tool if poss as the prospects of hand sanding this doesn't appeal.

Cheers



But you know how much you use those muscles :p

Actually found a website to do with all sorts of finishings, May be of help.
http://www.finishing.com/4000-4199/4143.shtml read that they all have happy endings.......

11-01-2007, 14:47:40

Kempez
First of all give the whole thing a good clean with ethanol to see how bad it is. Might be salvagable

My Lian was brand new and gorgeous when I got it :D

11-01-2007, 14:48:11

Mr. Smith

First of all give the whole thing a good clean with ethanol to see how bad it is. Might be salvagable

My Lian was brand new and gorgeous when I got it :D



Rub it in a bit more lol. I'm regretting not spending the extra cash and having a spanking new one
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