6 Replies Latest reply: Mar 30, 2012 4:38 PM by Terry Duschinski
Terry Duschinski Level 2 (155 points)

Are the hybrid, solid state internal hard drives worth the extra money? I want the biggest and fastest I can put into an A1150 (2006) MBP.




Terry D

MacBook Pro A1150, Mac OS X (10.5.8), 2 GB Ram, using FCE 2.0.3
  • Mac Medic (be@MacOSG.com) Level 6 (17,290 points)

    From what I have read, they are not as fast as they are cracked up to be. Check Barefeats.com for tests. If you want SUPER speed, go with an SSD--something like a Vertex 2 SATA II SSD drive. They are coming down in price now that the Vertex 3 SATA III SSD drives are out. Your HD bus is running at 3Gb/s, so no need to spend extra money for a SATA III drive.  






    17" 2.2GHz i7 Quad-Core MacBook Pro  8G RAM  750G HD + OCZ Vertex 3 SSD Boot HD 
  • Terry Duschinski Level 2 (155 points)

    Thanks. Price hasn't dipped low enough yet. I've purchased a Wstern Digital Scorpio 750 GB.

  • maddhater Level 1 (0 points)

    was it worth it?  I just got my sisters old macbook pro and I've been updating pieces (wireless card, battery) and I'm considering the screen (which has dead pixels) and the HD to speed things up. I was wondering what else to do.


      Model Name:          MacBook Pro

      Model Identifier:          MacBookPro1,1

      Processor Name:          Intel Core Duo

      Processor Speed:          2 GHz

      Number Of Processors:          1

      Total Number Of Cores:          2

      L2 Cache:          2 MB

      Memory:          2 GB

      Bus Speed:          667 MHz

  • Terry Duschinski Level 2 (155 points)

    Yes. Definitely worth it.

  • Dave Gouveia1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hey Terry,


    this is an unrelated note to this forum, but I saw a post you had in the past regarding a failed G-drive and how you thought it had no power. I would have replied to you directly but can't find any messaging info, and the previous thread is now archived. 


    Here it is: https://discussions.apple.com/thread/2141934?threadID=2141934&tstart=-1


    Basically just wondering if you ever solved this issue as I believe I'm having the exact same problem. The G-drive vanished one day, and since then has never remounted, or shown up in any utilities. The plug in the back seems a bit loose, and I don't have any other plugs that match. Before I go ahead and get a new enclosure, I'm wondering if you solved your problem or if the drive is kaput.

  • Terry Duschinski Level 2 (155 points)



    Probably a moot point but I've accessed my G drive taking it from the casing and using a caddy. Well, caddy might not be the right word. If you're still in need of solving this problem, I'll go take a picture of what I use and send it to you.


    Terry D