I had 1 of them in a Mac Pro for a while, it was really noisy and got hot, so the drive ended up 'out of the box' They're still fast (105Mb/s sustained) but too small and too loud.
And the Seagate XT pushes data at the same rate (a little higher) with less latency (when the data is in the Flash) or more latency (when it is not)
The Savvio's sound like a Phantom on a carrier launch, not so far away.
I use SSD's (Crucial 3 and 4, Samsung 830 840, OCZ but is has been thrown out lately), they are not expensive anymore, but do reads in the range of 400-500 writes 250-450.
Are there any alternatives for the Seagate XT Momentus (which was the "problem" disk in the "old" days)?
And I use Hitachi, Toshiba and Samsung(Hitachi) HDD's in the space of the superdrive (6 MBP's now).
I have used the XT range since it was avalable (not quite, the very first XT was Windows only), I have 5 and many more than that have passed through my hands. 1 failure, a 750 that stopped rotating after a year or so, Seagate gave me another.
There is a new Seagate (1TB) that have no experience of and there is now at least one other manufacturer makng Hybrids (Hitachi?)
For the size I am looking for (more than 500GB) SSD's are still expensive.
A macbook CANNOT accept anything thicker than a 9.5mm HD. (=1TB max)
That is not the case. Some more recent MBPs will accept a 12.5 mm thick HDD.
No, on the contrary,....... I dont know who told you that, but a 4 month old MACBOOK PRO non-retina wont accept a 12.5mm drive, Ive tried it, .....no go.
Please refer to my original post (which you have edited in your response) where I stated that the 12.5 mm thick 2.5" SATA drives will fit my MBPs. They are specifically 17" 2010 and 2011 models. Since OWC sells 12.5"mm thick HDDs and their technical staff tests their products, I do not think that they would misinform me. The track record that I have had with the technical staff has been 100% accurate.
Note that I did not say ALL MBPs can accommodate that size and that one should check with them first. You may consider calling them yourself. The number is 1 800 275 4576.