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Seagate to exit 7200 RPM laptop drive market by end of year

updated 08:49 pm EST, Mon March 4, 2013

Company has no SSD product line; will likely focus on hybrid drives

Over the weekend, information surfaced that Seagate is ceasing production of 7200RPM 2.5-inch drives before the end of the year. Models affected by the move are the Momentus 7200.4, 7200.2, Momentus Thin 7200, and Momentus XT. The company cites the rise of SSDs as the reason for the production stop.

Tech enthusiast site Anandtech notes that "7200RPM mobile hard drives have always been a premium product and are mostly found in high-end laptops or built-to-order configurations" and adds that "the market for faster hard drives has quickly faded away because users seeking for performance have opted for SSDs instead of 7200RPM hard drives."

The company is likely to focus on hybrid drives, similar to the Momentus XT, and add more NAND capacity to the solution. Currently, Seagate does not have a consumer SSD product line.

by MacNN Staff



  1. vidmaven

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 03-04-13

    you mention Samsung in the body of the post - was that a mistake, or do they OEM the Seagate 2.5" HDDs? I've used a 750GB Momentus XT in my 2011 MBP for the better part of a year, and it's performed well. Not SSD-fast, but, depending on the app and the task, they reflect better performance than the lion's share of spinning disks in this context.

  1. broohaha22

    Fresh-Faced Recruit

    Joined: 07-07-06

    Just ordered one today.

    Kinda funny that I just ordered a Momentus XT today. Anyone have experience (good and bad) with these so-called hybrids?

  1. Mike Wuerthele

    Managing Editor

    Joined: 07-19-12

    Originally Posted by vidmavenView Post

    you mention Samsung in the body of the post - was that a mistake, or do they OEM the Seagate 2.5" HDDs?

    A regrettable typo, but the corporate ties between the two are very, very tight. In 2011, Samsung offloaded its hard drive production to Seagate, and Samsung provides Seagate all of its NAND for hybrid drives like the Momentus XT.

  1. prl99

    Mac Enthusiast

    Joined: 03-24-09

    self-encrypting drives

    I presume this means they'll no longer be making a laptop size self-encrypting drive (SED), which could cause some problems for government and enterprise users who require this capability. I've seen maybe one other manufacturer making these but Seagate was the leader.

  1. panjandrum

    Dedicated MacNNer

    Joined: 12-01-04

    Hope they keep the Hybrid at 7200

    Well, I hope they keep their excellent Hybrid drive at 7200. I've installed about a dozen of those little guys for clients and for myself, including replacing my 10k raptor boot drive in my MacPro tower. My Win7 gaming box also uses one as the system's only drive. They are a wonderful compromise between speed and price, frequently "feeling" just as fast as an SSD for every-day tasks such as booting and launching apps. They work wonders for older (or newer) laptops also, making those old plastic-body MacBook models much more responsive. I also put one in my PS3 and the difference in certain games (especially GT5) is startling, although games which load most of their data from the blu-ray drive each time obviously don't benefit as much. It would be very sad to see this drive go away as there is nothing else on the market AFAIK that performs this well at such an affordable price. (I'm talking real-world performance, not benchmarking. In benchmarks my 10k raptor often tested as "faster", but in real-life performance the raptor doesn't hold a candle to the seagate 750gb hybrid drive).

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