10 Replies Latest reply: May 21, 2014 10:07 PM by Bertan.k
jsantostefano Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

Hi All,

 

Would appreciate any advice you can offer.

 

I have a Mid 2009 Macbook Pro.

Currently, I am running 8gbs of RAM and the standard 160gb Toshiba hard drive.

 

For the most part, the system runs pretty well, except when my hard drive is full. Right now, I have about 20gb of hard drive free but will begin learning the Adobe Creative Suite soon so I will need additional space.

 

My "Service Battery" notification is showing - though the battery lasts about 3.5 hours per charge.

 

I am wondering if someone could advise whether it is worth upgrading the harddrive considering the computer's age and battery state. I am looking at 750gb WD Scorpio Black for $75.

 

The processor is a 2.6 GHz Intel Core 2 Duo

 

I am hoping to get another two years out of this machine

 

Thank you!

Joe


MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.4)
  • 1. Re: Worth upgrading Hard Drive?
    Neil D Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    By now that computer is ~4 years old. Honestly it's up to you. Upgrading with an SSD will give your computer blazing fast boot times, and will open applications much faster.And you are correct, 20 gb won't last long when you start using Adobe programs.

     

    Seeing as you do need more space though, an SSD may not work (sorry kind of rambling here). Unless you do think about dropping a few hundreds for the SSD.

     

    Adobe Creative Suite will eat up battery life just from the nature of the programs. If you do wan another 2 years, I would upgrade the HDD anyway (not too much to do so).

     

    I honestly think it's up to you. For example, I do plan on upgrading my MBP early 2011 with an SDD and 8 gb RAM in two years. And I'd be in the same position as you are now. (I hope I helped )

  • 2. Re: Worth upgrading Hard Drive?
    jsantostefano Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks for the reply Neil, that goes give me a bit of perspective - I have very limited experience with computer hardware

     

    I think for the money, I will go ahead and upgrade the drive - I'm not quite ready to purchase a new mac yet. Hopefully after a few more years, I will be able to get a Haswell Macbook Pro refurbished for a decent price

     

    As you stated, a SSD isn't really an option for me due to storage.

     

    Would you reccomend going with a SSD Hybrid or would a Hard Drive at 7200 RPM be comparable in terms of performance? I need at least 500gb of storage and wouldn't want to spend more than $130.

     

    Thank you again for you help

  • 3. Re: Worth upgrading Hard Drive?
    Neil D Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    Well, from the research I've gathered, any consumer-level SSD will blow any consumer-level HDD out of the water. But for $130, I don't think you're going to find many SSD that will match your specs. A hybrid would be nice, seeing as boot times would be much faster, and you'd still get the storage. 7200 rpm HDDs aren't to hard to find. I *think* most Macs before 2012 come with a 5400 rpm drive (like mine).

     

    Here's a quick Google Shopping Search I did for a 256gb SDD (around $130.) I also went ahead and found a hybrid drive for you: SSHD.

     

    And no problem! Glad to help.

  • 4. Re: Worth upgrading Hard Drive?
    jsantostefano Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank you so much - that really helped.

     

    I didn't mean to trouble you to have you shop around for me but much appreciated.

  • 5. Re: Worth upgrading Hard Drive?
    luxuryliner67 Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)

    Consider a Seagate Momentus XT Hybrid HD. It's a 5400RPM but has 8 Gbyte of onboard "SSD" which works like a great transfer cache and programs and OS load faster. But please check if it is backward compatible with your SATA II.

    I had a fast SSD and it's gorgeous but the Hybrid is really nice and cheap (although about 2x a standard HD of the same size).

    Check: http://www.seagate.com/internal-hard-drives/laptop-hard-drives/laptop-solid-stat e-hybrid-drive/

    Please note that the speed gain is working on it but if you apply a big file transfer the data rate transfer is limited to the 5400RPM HD.

    Regarding a 7200RPM they're good HDs but not as reliable as a 5400. (I've changed about 15 HD's in 15 years then I think I know what I'm saying).

    There's also a Western Digital version of Hybrid Hd but they need a driver and I don't like this.

    Cheers

    Simon

  • 6. Re: Worth upgrading Hard Drive?
    Neil D Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    *whispers* I don't have anything better to do and it's fun haha

     

    Glad to help! Tell me what you choose!

     

    EDIT: I made a mistake on the SSHD. The performance is a good "mid point" in between an SSD and a HDD. Just for clarification.

  • 7. Re: Worth upgrading Hard Drive?
    jsantostefano Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi Simon,

     

    Thank you for your help.

     

    I am thinking of purchasing the Seagate SSD Hybrid ST1000LM014 for the computer - I have read some reviews on it and many people have stated that they have had great results with the mid 2009 Macbook Pro model.

     

    http://www.amazon.com/Seagate-Solid-Hybrid-2-5-Inch-ST1000LM014/dp/B00B99JUBQ/re f=sr_1_1?s=electronics&ie=UTF8&qid=1375883116&sr=1-1&keywords=ST1000LM014

     

    I would appreciate your thoughts.

     

    Appreciated,

    Joe

  • 8. Re: Worth upgrading Hard Drive?
    Neil D Level 1 Level 1 (30 points)

    The reviews check out. I hope it all works!

  • 9. Re: Worth upgrading Hard Drive?
    luxuryliner67 Level 2 Level 2 (220 points)

    Same as mine. Is very good in everyday's tasks.

    Cheers

    Simon

  • 10. Re: Worth upgrading Hard Drive?
    Bertan.k Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Hi all,

     

    is the hdd seagate  ST1000LM014 is compatible with Sudden Motion Sensor (SMS) ?