2011 13: MBP Dual Drive Setup Question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Wicked1, Sep 19, 2011.

  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    Ok, thinking of a 2011 13" MBP refurbished unit from Apple, and I am thinking of this setup and wondering what others may have done or have currently.

    2011 MBP i5 2.3 or do I get the 2.7 i5 (used for iTunes, Photo Editing, and Browsing)

    8GB Crucial 1333 Ram
    Remove Superdrive and install Intel SSD 320 120GB Boot/OS/APPS
    Seagate Hybrid 500 GB HDD 32MB Cache, 7200 RPM with 4GB Nand

    My only concern is that when the Hybrid drive keeps spinning up it will chew up my battery life, but I know I will save a little on the SSD being the Boot Drive.

    I assume I will get roughly 4-6 hours of use at a moderate usage level.

    Anyone have suggestions or thoughts?
     
  2. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Optibay is the answer.
    id also say 4~6 hrs of battery
     
  3. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    don't bother with the hybrid if you're already going to put an SSD in it. It won't add any additional performance, so I would just suggest a 5400 RPM drive to keep it quiet, cool and get better battery life.

    Also, I'd suggest the 2.3, the performance difference, even in demanding apps, is minimal.
     
  4. Wicked1 thread starter macrumors 68040

    Wicked1

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    Ok on the 5400 RPM drive makes sense, however what about the Intel 320 as the primary boot disk, are the Intel's a good choice, or is there a better one out there, I heard the Intel's are the easiest to setup and most reliable, however I don't mind a little work if there is a faster drive out there?
     

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