Seagate announces fastest laptop hard drive

Hard drive maker Seagate has announced today a new SSD hard drive for laptops, which it claims will be the world’s fastest on the market.

The new 2.5-inch Momentus XT Solid State Hybrid Drive is aimed at providing SSD performance at the much lower cost of HDDs.

“For notebook PC users looking forward to faster PC performance without sacrificing storage capacity or affordability, now there’s an option,” said John Rydning, IDC’s research director for hard disk drives. “Seagate’s new Momentus XT drive is the first storage device for notebook PCs that raises the bar for affordable capacity and performance.”

The Momentus XT offers a hybrid of SSD and HDD with a 7200RPM spin speed, 4GB of solid state memory, and Seagate’s Adaptive Memory technology, which identifies patterns in how often certain digital data is used, and then moves the most frequently used information to the embedded solid state memory for faster access.

“We see the Momentus XT drive as a game changer, a product heralding a new generation of hard drives that combine SSD and HDD capabilities so that laptop users don’t have to make trade-offs on speed, cost or capacity,” waffled a bloke from Seagate.

Seagate is launching the new hard drive first on the Asus Republic of Gamers (ROG) G73Jh notebook, which will be powered by an Intel Core i7 720Qm processor, 8GB of DDR3 memory, and DX11 capable ATI Radeon Mobility HD 5870 graphics.

PC Wang, vice president of Asus Systems Business Group, said: “With the Momentus XT drive, ASUS gives gaming customers who prefer the Asus ROG G73 the capacity they need and the performance they crave.”

A price for the new hard drive has yet to be set, but Seagate is promising it will be closer to a standard HDD than an SSD, which should make it reasonably affordable.