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Seagate Laptop Ultrathin 500GB ST500LT032 5mm-thick HDD Drive Review

  1. Introduction
  2. Specs and Closer Look
  3. Test Bench and Testing Methodology
  4. AS SSD Benchmark
  5. ATTO Benchmark
  6. AIDA64 Disk Access Benchmark
  7. Anvil Benchmark
  8. Boot Load Test
  9. CrystalDisk Mark Benchmark
  10. HDTune Pro Benchmark
  11. Futuremark Benchmarks
  12. Conclusion
  13. View All

Seagate and WD have a 5mm drive. This is from Seagate.

Companies who deem that using a 5mm makes sense to keep their form factor as low as possible would either choose Seagate or WD’s 5mm alternative- whoever they have a contract with. It should be inevitable that SSDs will follow suit.

If you’re looking at it from an overall perspective, chances are high that you would rather go for something else, such as Seagate’s own SSHD. Most ultrabooks and notebooks that you currently get are in 7mm thick form factor, and you don’t a spacer with this drive unlike the SSD counterparts from various brands. If you think about it, boot and application load gets a good jump on the SSHD and to a certain extent, it gives a justification to the amount that you’re spending as a hard drive upgrade for notebooks, ultrabooks and even systems with a very small form factor.

PCMark 7 run is very surprising, considering it matches Samsung 840 Pro and non-pro in tests where you wouldn’t expect it to perform well. Since most tests are done 3 times to confirm the results, this is where it stands.

For those who want 7mm alternatives, you can check out the conclusion made on Seagate Laptop Thin SSHD’s review.

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 – $106

5mm is insanely thin! Even for a mechanical drive. Seagate sent their Laptop Thin drive with 500GB of storage space to boot. It wouldn’t be surprising that other HDD makers would be doing this to enable their fellow OEM companies to make devices to benefit from such a thin drive. We’ll be checking out how the performance is of such drive. This series has 2 capacities- 320GB and 500GB. They’re both 5400RPM drives with 16MB Cache. Seagate also implemented their own self encrypting drive features and maintains 500GB max in a single platter to keep it thinner than the 7mm…

Review Overview

Performance - 7.5
Storage Space - 6.5
Overall Value - 6.5


BBQ Score

Summary : 5mm z axis height is something new to allow thinner formfactor devices and computing hardware. If you’re seeing performance wise, the 7mm counterparts perform pretty nicely. I am uncertain why would anyone require to upgrade their drives with a 5mm, considering the choices are very limited, therefore the drives that allow 5mm thick drives would be limited to for now.

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