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7mm Seagate Hybrid Hard Drive in the Works? Discussion

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The current Seagate SSD/hard drive hybrid, the Momentus XT, has been in the market for nearly 9 months. And while Seagate has sold over 1 million of the hybrid hard drives and released firmware updates to make it better, they haven't released any serious modifications like higher capacity, more caching NAND or perhaps more radically, a 3.5" model. It seems Seagate could be poised though to release a 2.5" Momentus XT hybrid with slim 7mm drive height geared toward the Ultrabook space.

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They have to, to stay relevant. They know it themselves as it is obvious from the blog post.

Problem is they have nothing Ultrabook ready released yet. The Ultrabooks introduced at IFA from Fujitsu, Lenovo, etc..are mostly designed to not even have a 7mm drive slot available. That space is rather used for battery volume. And when one is available, like the Acer S3, the hybrid portion is solved via separate SSD and a slow 7mm HDD. I trust that (Intel) solution more than any integrated hybrids from Seagate.

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I love the simplicity of the Momentus XT - all self managed on the drive. A 7mm height version makes sense, single platter 500GB would be pretty fun. Either way, more NAND is the number one wishlist item for most.

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Fitting an SSD into a already very thin 7 mm HDD is not easy. On the other hand - some months ago there were some news on SR about a 128 GB Toshiba SSD in a single chip packaging. Intended for tablets and smartphones and probably not the least expensive option.. but it's a nice benchmark of what's possible.

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Small Hybrid Hard Drives for next generation Asus 12.1-Inch or larger tablet PC !

Remember Asus promised to use the Seagate hybrid hard drives in all their new products.

Have a nice day Brian !

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Fitting an SSD into a already very thin 7 mm HDD is not easy.
7mm HDD is definitely a neat trick. 7mm SSD isn't nearly as hard... heck the Intel X25-M's and 320's are all 7mm (if you don't count the spacer on the X25-M's).

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There are a few other SSDs in the 7mm for factor too, but not many. On the Intel's the spacer is only there to make it fit in a 9.5mm chassis.

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