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Seagate SSHD Thin Review (Gen3 500GB, ST500LM000) Discussion

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Seagate's third generation SSHDs (solid state hybrid drives), now for both laptops and desktops, are marketed as a replacement for HDDs and serve as a good option for those otherwise considering an SSD. SSHDs aim to offer users the price-point and robust capacity of HDDs while also utilizing NAND flash to provide the performance attained with SSDs by caching critical applications. Slimmed from 9.5mm to 7mm, our review model third generation Seagate 500GB SSHD Thin with 8GB of MLC NAND would fit well in any user configuration and is especially well-suited for ultra-thin, ultra-light laptops.

Seagate SSHD Thin Review (Gen3 500GB, ST500LM000)

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3-year warranty is better than one. But what about desktop drives, also 3-year? Also maybe it's just the review sample but assembly quality is awful.

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Performance looks quite good, actually... might be a nice budget offering for quite a few of our customers. Hmmmm....

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Are we getting reviews of other Seagate's new SSHD's like really soon now?

We don't have them yet.

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So this is a 7mm drive. What if I want to replace a 9.5mm drive in a notebook? Does it come with a spacer of some kind, or will I be wadding up some paper to keep the drive from moving around?

-Greg

Unless the drive is passively mounted, most laptop mounts use screws to mount. Screw locations are in the same spot, so it would be securely mounted with just a bit more of space above it.

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Good Evening,

I apologise for bringing this thread back to the living. However I have a simple question. Are you guys sure that the drive only has 8GB of flash memory?

I have recently bought this model for my university project in computer forensics for my final year.

To start we currently have no way of finding out the size of the flash memory and the size of the hard disk unless we take the drive unit apart or take Saitek's word for it.

After several experiments on the drive I have discovered that the drive might in fact have 64GB of flash memory instead of 8GB. I am not 100% sure of this yet as it require more testing.

This is because of several reasons. We all know that deleted data from the SSD is destroyed by the "Garbage Collector". I believe the flash memory on this drive uses the same technology in order to maintain its lifespan because of how the SSHD is supposed to work. After filling up the drive and deleting the files, every time I have discovered that around 64GB of data were unrecoverable where the rest which is on the hard disk was very easy to recover.

I am using licenced forensic tools from Access Data to perform my experiments.

I will let you guys know what is happening as I perform my experiments.

Edited by madbeard

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Removing the PCB and then reattaching it is pretty trivial, if you're willing to do that...

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I am back... it seems there was a problem with the image I took, the tool was slightly older, so I retook the image again. I was unable to recover about 11GB worth of data. I believe this is because flash memory have about 25% extra storage because of wear and tear. Once I complete my experiments I will try what you said @continuum and remove the PCB. Will let you guys know in a few weeks.

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