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Seagate Desktop 2 TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6 GB with NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5 Inch (ST2000DX001)

Seagate Desktop 2 TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6 GB with NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5 Inch (ST2000DX001)

  • 2TB storage capacity
  • The first solid state hybrid drive (SSHD) in a 3.5-inch form factor
  • SATA 6Gb/s with NCQ for interface speed
  • Boots and performs like an SSD and faster than a traditional HDD
  • Installs and operates like a standard hard drive, cross-platform, no drivers or additional software needed

The Seagate Desktop SSHD combines a high capacity hard drive and 8GB of solid-state MLC flash to add SSD like performance to any desktop. The Desktop SSHD boots and launches applications within seconds of a solid state drive, but is more cost efficie

List Price: $ 169.99

Price: $ 129.51

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  1. 18 of 18 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Good compromise between speed and price., September 26, 2013
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    RJMacReady “RJMacReady” (Green Bay, WI USA) –
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    This review is from: Seagate Desktop 2 TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6 GB with NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5 Inch (ST2000DX001) (Personal Computers)
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    I’ve been using an SSD as a boot drive on my Windows desktop so I can speak from experience when I say that this drive doesn’t really come close to it when it comes to speed. Both are much faster than a standard drive, so the difference is only a matter of second, though. And the solid state drive cost nearly as much as this drive but has a fraction of the storage, only enough to hold my operating system and a few of my most frequently used programs. Everything else has to run off a second drive. This drive doesn’t cost all that much more than a standard drive for the same storage, and still offers a nice boost in speed.

    It works differently than a boot drive, as the computer does not recognize the solid state memory as a second drive, so you don’t select which programs or files run off the drive. It only has 8GBs of solid state memory, so it couldn’t even hold the operating system. Instead, the drive decides which files to store on the SSD, based on which of them are used most frequently. For that reason, the performance of the drive improves over time, as the drive learns and optimizes how it uses the limited solid state memory.

    So far, I’m pleased with the drive. I really haven’t noticed any differences between this one and disk based drives I’ve used, other than an increase in speed. It doesn’t complicate things at all – the computer sees it as just another single drive. Having 2TB is nice, as I don’t have to worry about space, even with a large collection of HD movies and games stored. Installing it wasn’t any more difficult than other drives I’ve used either. If speed is your top priority, than there is no substitute for an SSD right now, but this is a nice compromise between speed and storage size at a decent price, if you’re not worried about your computer taking a few more seconds to boot up.

    I’ve included a short video so you can actually see my PC booting up. It’s pretty fast, but the SSD was even faster.

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  2. 8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    Decent upgrade from 3 year old Barracuda 7200.11, October 5, 2013
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    This review is from: Seagate Desktop 2 TB Solid State Hybrid Drive SATA 6 GB with NCQ 64 MB Cache 3.5 Inch (ST2000DX001) (Personal Computers)

    I purchased this drive after having great experience with the Momentus XT 500GB (first-gen) notebook SSHD over the last two years. The drive made a great improvement in boot, hibernation and application performance in my Lenovo Thinkpad X120e when an SSD at 500GB capacity would have cost nearly 10x as much as the 500GB SSHD in 2011. I decided to “preorder” this drive over a month ago and it arrived exactly when Amazon promised (late September.)

    Upon opening the drive, it looks like a normal hard drive. I mounted it below my original drive that would eventually be pulled, and temporarily plugged it in to the SATA and power cable that my DVD-ROM drive was connected too. I decided to load Seagate’s free data migration software (Acronis) which is used by many other OEM’s such as Intel for their SSD’s. Acronis software has always worked great for me in the past as isn’t based on Linux (it appears to be Windows PE) like many “cheaper” migration tools that are often unable to copy Windows GPT partitions or hidden recovery partitions. Acronis data migration in my experience also supports most USB 3.0 and eSATA controllers if you are using an external means to migrate data (such as in a laptop.) I tested it’s compatibility with my Texas Instruments USB 3.0 controller and my Marvell eSATA controller and both detected properly, enabling faster copying than over USB 2.0 in a laptop. In short, Seagate’s migration software is excellent.

    The migration of 1TB data took about 2.5 hours using internal SATA 3Gbps. After it was finished, I disconnected the old drive, connected the SSHD, and plugged my my optical drive back in.

    Windows booted and everything looked fine. Performance wasn’t much faster at first, but over the course of a few days there have been noticeable improvements booting Windows, loading iTunes and Chrome, and especially switching user accounts. The performance isn’t dramatic, but it’s there. Windows 7 performance index went from 5.9 to 7.4. This is an Intel x58 motherboard with a 3Gbps (SATA 2.0, 300MB/sec) controller. Newer systems may have a higher rating, but from what I’ve read, the single 8GB NAND chip on the Seagate SSHD’s is only 2-channel so it’s limited to around 190MB/sec. The goal is to offer improved random access performance like an SSD, which it does.

    Regarding the “product review” I’ve been running the drive exactly one week pretty heavily with no issues, so at least my model doesn’t appear to be defective. Packaging for shipment was excellent; it arrived in a real hard drive carrier with plastic cradles at each end. SMART diagnostics tools has found no problems. Drive had 2 spin ups and 1 hours of use (all presumably factory final testing.)

    Hope this review helps with your decision. It’s unfortunate they don’t make a 3TB and 4TB model.

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  3. 4 of 4 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    What your iMac needs, October 14, 2013
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    R dattan (Phoenix AZ USA) –

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    Have a mid 2011 iMac with a 3Gbps SATA -500 GB that was running out of space. Plus was getting colored wheels more often inspite of 12GB RAM. SSD at 1TB was half the price of the iMAC which made no sense and the smaller capacity SSD’s were ruled out- so this is where the Seagate SSHD 1TB comes in with the right value. The drive is pretty fast and I’m into this for a week only, hence the 4 stars. Amazon’s shipping was fast, though the box was not the original Seagate one. Seems like some packaging cost was reduced. Performance wise, the machine feels like a new iMAC straight out of an Apple Store!. Getting this into an iMAC is harder than changing out an MBP HDD and also much harder than a desktop PC. But all said, it is quite doable. Here are the steps- I won’t go into too much detail to keep things simple, just follow the links. There may be some differences depending on your iMAC model from 2011, but expect the basic steps to be more or less the same.
    Step 1)
    Move new SSHD into a USB enclosure. Use clonezilla (http://clonezilla.org) to do a disk to disk back up.

    Step 2)
    As a clone, the new SSHD disk is partitioned exactly like the old disk- which means 500GB is left out- Use Disk Utility to expand the SSHD into 1TB.

    Step 3)
    Follow this Youtube link to see how to add a new disk to the iMac. You will need the suction for the glass( I used 2 old car GPS holder suction cups to do the job) and Torx T8 drivers ( Home Depot or Lowes). You need to stop at the part where the display and cables come off fully- everything that follows is not required if you are simply swapping out your current disk with a new SSHD
    http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=tyk1LLnLftE

    Step 4)
    In the top- middle section you will find the HDD attached with 2 screws. Take off those screws and the 2 cables that connect the HDD. At the bottom, you will find 2 screws sticking out -these are used to hold the HDD to the frame- Use the Torx driver to take them off. Put them back on into the new SSHD. Plug the cables into the new SSHD and put the 2 screws back on

    Step 5)
    Reverse all the steps, starting with each of the cable connectors as showed in the video. Once everything is back on, power up the iMAC

    Step 6)
    Depending on your model, you may run into an issue, where the thermal sensor for the HDD may not be detected- this results in the fan running off course and eventually going for full speed ( normal is 1100 rpm- full – 6000 rpm+). This is loud enough and if left running may meltdown the HDD fan. This problem could be fixed with Apple’s SMC reset procedure (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT3964). Use SMC fan control freeware to check fan speeds (https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/23049/smcfancontrol)

    Step 7)
    After following Apple’s process, if you still observe high fan speeds buy the HDD Fan control app to fix the problem ( there is a 1 hr fully functioning demo, so that you can see it working (http://www.hddfancontrol.com). At $35 it is a bit pricey but worth it- set it to startup at login, and set it to start in every user’s login and you are good to go.

    That’s it. Seagate drives are generally good and I think this guy will last. I have a momentus 750G SSHD running on the MBP for the last 1 year with no issues. Anyways no more colored wheels spinning and that makes a huge difference

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