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Serial ATA vs Solid State Drive

13516 Views 19 Replies Latest reply: Jun 9, 2010 9:24 PM by amstos RSS
  • Kappy Level 10 Level 10 (221,025 points)
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    Jun 7, 2010 10:46 PM (in response to amstos)
    Q1. Yes
    Q2. No. 32-bit XP, 64-bit Vista or Win7. 64-bit Mac software runs on both hardware models with Snow Leopard.
    Mac Pro 2.66 Ghz; MBP Unibody; MBP C2D 2.33 Ghz; MBP 2.16 Ghz, Mac OS X (10.6.3), iMac C2D 17"; MB 2.0 Ghz; iPad 32G; 80GB iPod Video; iPod Touch; iPod Nano 2GB
  • JoeyR Level 6 Level 6 (8,275 points)
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    Jun 9, 2010 8:14 AM (in response to amstos)
    That's correct amstos. It should be noted that BootCamp is somewhat limited in terms of the OSes it supports. You can run nearly any OS using a virtualization option (Parallels, Fusion, VirtualBox). While I haven't checked them all, Parallels does support the 64 bit version of XP. Although, the 64 bit version of XP never really took off so there is generally limited support:

    http://www.parallels.com/products/desktop/resources/sr/
    Core Duo BlackBook - SR MBP - 13.3" MB Pro - 8GB Gen 2 and 3 Nanos, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • danegeld Level 2 Level 2 (180 points)
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    Jun 9, 2010 1:22 PM (in response to Kappy)
    As a simple example one might think the SSD is beneficial because of it's fast boot time. But if you never shut down your computer then it's a lot faster waking from sleep and doing so is just as fast if you have an SSD or a hard drive. Just a simple example to illustrate my point.


    I have a MBP with a 128Gb SSD. I shut it down every day. It boots in less than 30 seconds. Windows 7 in a VMWare Fusion virtual machine boots in 35 seconds. I use Adobe Photoshop, Illustrator, and InDesign every day and I'm in and out of those applications 50 times a day. Photoshop CS5 boots in 3 seconds. Illustrator in 5 seconds. InDesign in 8 seconds. Time is money. I'll never go back to a mechanical drive.

    For the OP, the trick is not to store data on the SSD system drive. My 128Gb internal drive is only half full even with a full range of applications. I store working files on an ExpressCard SSD and then offload them to a variety of external drives when it's convenient.
    Late 2009 17" Unibody MBP, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
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