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Old 24th May 2010, 21:44   #1
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Default Seagate's Momentus XT Reviewed, Finally a Good Hybrid HDD

The size of the NAND was a shocker to me when I first heard it. I honestly expected something much larger. In the Momentus XT however, the SLC NAND acts exclusively as a read cache - writes never touch the NAND. The drive looks at access patterns over time (most likely via a history table of LBAs and their frequency of access) and pulls some data into the NAND. If a read request comes in for an LBA that is present in the NAND, it's serviced out of the 4GB chip. If the LBA isn't present in the NAND, the data comes from the platters.

http://www.anandtech.com/show/3734/s...ood-hybrid-hdd
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