5 Replies Latest reply: Dec 31, 2012 6:22 AM by uselessSABOTAGE
0pusX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Ok I am looking at getting a MacBook Pro or Air, other than phsyical deifferences, I see the biggest difference is the hard drive types.

 

Is there an advantage to either one? I see you get a lost less storage with the Air vs. Pro.

 

Any other things I need to consider?

 

We use it maily for internet. I have a external hard drive that I use to store pics on.

 

I DO want a DVD/CD drive though as well as at least 3-4 USB ports.


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  • 1. Re: Difference in "regular" hard drive vs. "flash" drive?
    uselessSABOTAGE Level 4 Level 4 (3,680 points)

    I don't know why you feel you need a disc drive (dvd/cd), however to address your questions...

     

    A traditional HDD (Hard Disc Drive) has moving parts and the speed of the disc is severely limited by this fact.  A SSD (Solid State Drive) does not have moving parts and is considerably quicker.  You will notice that your computer will feel faster and more responsive even with a slower processor.

     

    The reason that there is such a steep price difference in cost/GB is because flash storage (solid state) is still comparatively new to being used as these storage sizes.  You can get an 8 GB USB flash drive pretty cheap these days but to get a 1TB SSD you'll spend approximatey $1,000.  For the same 1TB HDD you can spend less than $100.

  • 2. Re: Difference in "regular" hard drive vs. "flash" drive?
    0pusX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I want the CD/DVD drive so the kids can watch their DVD's when on vacation in the car, plus I can burn CD's for my vehicle since I d not have an AUX/USB jack on the stereo in the car.

     

    So bascially you have to give up space to make up for speed when talking about SSD?

  • 3. Re: Difference in "regular" hard drive vs. "flash" drive?
    uselessSABOTAGE Level 4 Level 4 (3,680 points)

    It is like all products there was a day when you could buy a 50 inch projection tv for a fraction of the cost of what you could buy an LCD tv for.  Now you can get a larger size LCD tv for what some would call cheap.

     

    You are sacrifcing lower cost of the HDD for the benefits of solid state storage with much less storage space for the money.

  • 4. Re: Difference in "regular" hard drive vs. "flash" drive?
    0pusX Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Have there been any performance/stability issues with the SSD's?

     

    The laptop I am coming from now only has a 80GB drive so anything I buy will be a step up.

  • 5. Re: Difference in "regular" hard drive vs. "flash" drive?
    uselessSABOTAGE Level 4 Level 4 (3,680 points)

    Only the unfortunate failure due to manufacturing defects.  Typically speaking SSD are very stable and have a failure rate equal to or less than HDDs.  However always back up, and always back up your back ups!