Seagate Momentus XT

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HuXDestroyS
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OK so I'm plotting a MONSTER build and I have a couple of questions that I have not had solid answers on. I am a big fan of Seagate HDD's and really do not want to stray from them. I want to get into the SSD group of bonifide PC nerds but I have two questions first.

1. Has anyone used the Momentus drives how good are they?

2. Is it better to run games from a SSD?

3. How big should they be?

Thinking I will run my games from one and OS from the other.

Any help would be thankful.

HuX

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1. The Momentus XT drives combine the best of both mechanical drives and NAND flash SSDs. They offer reasonably high capacities with SSD-like speeds and get better with time as it learns what to cache on the drive.

2. Ideally, you should put your most frequently played games on the SSD if you want lower loading times. This isn't really practical for all your games though because of the low capacities and high cost.

3. The second generation Momentus XT drives were just recently released. Seagate currently offers them in 500GB and 750GB capacities.

HuXDestroyS
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Thanks good sir, now that you have answered three questions for me named two, do I have to buy you that puppy now? Thanks very much for the response. Reason I asked was that I have yet to build my new PC, waiting on that all mighty tax dollar, but I won a digital copy of BF3 through one of Asus' contests. I am going to download the file on my hdd now, but well shit and here well here we go with the questions. Once I get my new SSD, can I move certain files to it? i.e...games and my existing OS, will it ghost like normal drives do?

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Yep, you should have no problems transitioning your data to your new drive. There are a ton of different imaging software out there including the one inside Windows itself.

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While the topic was brought up by someone else razear, would this hard drive benefit the playstation 3 in any way? because if not I will just get a WD scorpio to increase the capacity for it. I am aware that you can get downloadable games on PSN so I was thinking maybe the SSD cache could help load them faster.

I keep my ps3 mainly as a bluray player but that doesn't mean I wont play a few games on it for entertainment.

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The PS3 doesn't use the drive in the same way as a PC, so you would get faster loads of game patches (which only happens during initial boot of the disc) and faster loads and saves of game save slots, but it would be so small a difference you likely wouldn't see much at all. At this point, I'd say that adding an SSD to a PS3 is a waste of money, but if you've got it to spend...

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It's not possible to use an SSD inside a PS3. Sony strictly limits the PS3 to 5400RPM mechanical drives.

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Razear wrote: It's not possible to use an SSD inside a PS3. Sony strictly limits the PS3 to 5400RPM mechanical drives.

Not sure where you got that information, but it is absolutely wrong. As long as it attaches the drive as a SATA data drive, it will work. It just needs to be a 2.5" SATA1/2/3 drive.

Here's some guys who did it and filmed it: http://www.escapistmagazine.com/videos/view/the-escapist-show/861-Episode-40-Putting-a-SSD-in-a-PS3

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Well that's the thing with SSD's, they can still be FAT32 or NTFS filesystems depending on how you formatted them with Windows. I don't see why the Seagate Momentus XT wont work in the PS3, it is a hybrid 2.5" form factor drive. it uses flash as well as spinning platters.

I only asked if there would be any noticeable difference in loading and saves but as you suggested there wont be much improvement seeing as the Sony playstation 3 uses drives differently to Windows OS's. may as well save some money and get the WD Scorpio 750 gig I suppose...

SSD's can be installed in PS3's no problem I've seen it been done on Youtube. but I read somewhere that people had bad experiences trying to get SSD's to work in the new xbox 360 s console. not surprising considering the previous 360 models were made strictly for those overpriced proprietary drives. that's Microsoft for you, they always want you to buy their stuff.

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The latest version of the XBox360 needs to have drives properly formatted, and regardless of type (magnetic, SSD, or hybrid) is just super picky. Anything that fits CAN work, but sometimes it's a blast trying to make it work. As usual, Microsoft, the big name in BUILD IT YOURSELF COMPUTERS, has done what they can to make you by Microsoft approved accessories (e.g. ones where Microsoft gets royalties for their logo) for your video game rig. Funny, huh?

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