How I resolved my Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Hybrid drive nightmare

Momentus XT 750GB Solid State Hybrid Drive

This video describes my Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Hybrid drive problem inside my MacBook Pro (15-inch, Mid 2009, 2.53 GHz) and how I ended up resolving my 6 days long nightmare (I hope). I had to replace my laptop’s harddisk last Friday and today (Thursday), I am still restore files and index photos from my backup.

For the record, the follow is how Seagate promotes the Momentus XT Hybrid.

SSD Performance, HDD Capacity, Affordable Price.

Momentus® XT solid state hybrid drives (SSHD) fuse the blazing speed of SSD with the high capacity of a hard drive. Powered by Seagate Adaptive Memory™ technology, SSHD dramatically improves boot times and application speed, unleashing your system’s performance.

Boots and performs like an SSD1
Up to 3× faster than a traditional HDD1
Installs like a typical hard drive, and works with any standard laptop and major OS
Upgrade performance and capacity in an older laptop:
Mac Upgrade Bundle or PC Upgrade Bundle

I have absolute problem with the promotional claim of “Upgrade performance and capacity in an older laptop:” because not all laptop (specifically mine) does not work with the Momentus XT Hybrid as I bought it off the shelf.

One Response to How I resolved my Seagate 750GB Momentus XT Hybrid drive nightmare

  1. Jumper settings for Seagate SATA hard drives:

    Upgrading my late 2008 Macbook Pro 15″ ( MacBookPro5,1 ) to a ST1000LM014 1TB hybrid drive has killed my work productivity. My system beachball freezes whenever I do something disk intensive such as install Visual Studio 2012 into a Windows 7 VM using Parallels 8.

    It appears that installing the Seagate jumper to reduce SATA transfer speeds to the old SATA 150MB/s mode ( 1.5GBits/Second ) may have solved my problem. I had spent weeks trying to eliminate what the problem might be and reading various forum posts and such.

    While my MacBook Pro supports SATA 3 GBit/s, cutting transfer transfer speed in half to 1.5 GBit/s is worth it if this problem is permanently resolved.

    Thank you very much for posting this tip!


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