9 Replies Latest reply: Jan 26, 2013 4:29 AM by Pof562
Imax38 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

What should i get for my macbook pro and if i get SSD is 128gb the capacity or will for example 750 gb stay on it? im confused please help


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    shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,845 points)

    128 gb would be the capacity of the SSD (actually the capacity is slightly less then the advertised capacity).  SSD's are far superior over HDD's.  If you can afford an SSD, get one.

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    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,820 points)

    Capacity means the same thing for SSD's and hard disks. It's the nominal amount of data you can store on the device. The usable capacity is always a little less.

     

    SSD's have much better performance than disks, but cost about 40 times as much per gigabyte, the last time I checked.

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    Imax38 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    so am i better of getting 128gb SSD or 750gb hard drive 5400rpm

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    shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,845 points)

    It depends on what your storage needs are.  Please keep in mind that you should always keep 15% of your hard  drive free.  If you feel 128 gb is suffucuent space get the SSD, if you feel you will need more space, get the 750 gb HDD.  Or, you could get the SSD and if you have an external hard drive, you could store non essential items on that to keep space free on the SSD.

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    Imax38 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    is ssd that worth it compared to hdd

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    shldr2thewheel Level 7 Level 7 (25,845 points)

    In my opinion, yes.  I have a 120 gb SSD in my early '11 MBP 13".  Compared to the 320gb 5400 RPM HDD that was in it when came from Apple, it makes a world of difference.  Start up is MUCH faster as well as overall performance.

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    Linc Davis Level 10 Level 10 (117,820 points)

    Nobody but you can answer that question. If you need to carry around more than about 120 GB of data, then you're better off with a hard drive.

     

    By the way, the myth that you need to keep 15% free space is just that -- a myth. The only foundation for it is that people constantly repeat it on this site.

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    angus cooney Level 1 Level 1 (105 points)

    Because they can access and read data very quickly, you’ll find that the biggest visible advantages of an SSD are fast boot-ups and application starts. Thus, they are the most useful if you’re the type of person that likes to launch a lot of applications or launch certain slow-loading applications such as Adobe Photoshop. In addition, if you find yourself restarting your computer a lot (perhaps because you dual-boot), you’ll be happy with the increased boot time of an SSD, lessening the time you spend waiting for your computer to start up and increasing the time you can spend working.

    On the other hand, if you tend to just use your computer to check email on the web or write documents, you won’t notice the benefits of an SSD as much. Websites won’t load any faster, and if you’re only launching your browser and one or two other applications, it probably isn’t worth the upgrade to have them launch a few seconds faster.

     

    Note that, while those are the characteristics that will decide whether you benefit, there are other things to consider. Most notable are the size and cost of solid-state drives. My 80GB SSD cost a whopping $US200, and if you need a lot of space for your music and other files, you’ll be paying even more. A better set-up is to put your OS and applications on the SSD, while having a second, regular hard drive for all your data. This is easy in a desktop computer, ,since most laptops only have one hard drive bay. It isn’t impossible, but if you’re not comfortable digging around inside your computer you’ll have to decide whether your data will fit (or whether you’re ready to shell out an arm and a leg for a large enough drive).

    Those are the most important things to think about. I personally upgraded to an SSD earlier in the year, and it was one of the best upgrades I’ve made to my computer, because I run a lot of native clients instead of web apps (e.g. I get my email in Postbox rather than Gmail and listen to music in iTunes instead of on GrooveShark). I also reboot my computer often and launch about 10 applications on startup alone, so the five to 10 seconds that now takes for them to load is quite a step up from the minute it used to take. My brother, on the other hand, does almost everything in web apps, running nothing but Google Chrome and iTunes at any given time (and leaving his computer on for a week or more without restarting). Thus, a solid-state drive would probably be a waste of money for him — it all depends on your workflow

  • 9. Re: Macbook Pro Solid State Dive or Hard Drive
    Pof562 Level 1 Level 1 (10 points)

    Very thorough and helpful post. I was wondering if SSD would speed up the applications. For example, if I were trying to render a video in After Effects or process an intensive filter in Photoshop, would having an SSD/HDD affect those speeds or is that more affected by processor? Sorry, a bit tech unsavvy.