I decided to get one of these “SSD-like performance” drives to try to speed up my Macbook Pro instead of investing in a really expensive solid state drive with very limited storage capacity.
My decision was based solely on marketing and reviews that I had read online where people were perceiving faster speeds. This is straight from Seagate’s page on the product:
Higher productivity – less wait time Up to 50% faster boot-up speed* Twice the overall performance*
It turns out that these results are compared to a 5400rpm drive… So, I installed it and did some speed testing using a simple disk read/write speed tester. The disk that I was replacing was a Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ST9500420AS 500GB. Now for some results: