4 Replies Latest reply: Jun 27, 2011 12:31 PM by Jimmy Stewart
Jimmy Stewart Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

I recently bumped up the RAM to 4 GB and am now looking at a bigger drive.  My MacBook Pro still has the 120 GB drive that came with it.  I'm looking for something in the 250 GB range and have been looking at HDDs vs SSDs.  I currently have the OS, all of the apps, and all of my data on the same drive and prefer to continue working this way.  My overall goal with the new RAM and drive is to obviously upgrade what I have but also to be able to get a few more years of use out of my MacBook Pro.

 

Aside from price (which is a big discriminator), I'm wondering which is the best option.  I've been doing some reading and see issues regarding slowing down over time and recommendations to only put the OS and apps on the drive with the data elsewhere.

 

Thanks in advance,

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,700 points)

    It's all about cost....$ per GB. That depends on you. A speedy 500GB non-SSD is very low cost these days.

     

    If your needs primarily dictate speed, then an SSD is the clear choice.

  • nlsilverberg Level 2 Level 2 (345 points)

             I would say a SSD is better! See this article for more info! http://elitepcbuilding.com/ssd-vs-hdd

  • Stuwawah Level 2 Level 2 (375 points)

    I have done much research on this issue and I would recommend going for a SSD, that is if price is not an issue for you. By the souunds of it, you have an older model Macbook Pro since you are upgrading to 4GB ram.

     

    Believe me when I say splitting up the OS and general data is unneccesary and requires methods that WILL void warranty.

     

    OWC has good SSD's

  • Jimmy Stewart Level 1 Level 1 (80 points)

    Thanks to all!

     

    K T

     

    Speed is obviously a primary consideration.  When I was looking at prices for a 250 GB drive, they are about $430-450 or so which is quite a bit higher per GB than an HDD.  If the benefit is worth the cost, then this is probably the direction I'll go.

     

    nlsilverberg,

     

    Thanks for the link to the article, that is a great comparison and has some really good information.

     

    Stuwawah,

     

    My MacBook Pro is a 2007 vintage (pre unibody), so it is an older one that I would like to keep around for a while.  It works just fine, but I need more storage and would like a little more speed.

     

    PS-All of your answers are very helpful, but it appears that if I select "helpful" for two of you, the third one gets the "correct answer" selection.  I find all of your responses to be helpful and I certainly appreciate them.

     

    Message was edited by: Jimmy Stewart