2012 MBP hard drive upgrade path?

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    I would go with the 7200 rpm drive. However, consider getting a Crucial MX100 SSD $109.00 for the 256GB and $219.00 for the 512GB. You could run the OS and apps off the SSD, and run iTunes etc from your stock HDD via an external drive enclosure.
     
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    Neither. For you to see an actual boost, buy a pure SSD.
     
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    Ideally you go the hard drive route if you want capacity. Go the SSD route if you want speed.
     
  6. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Do you truly need all of that capacity? Because if you don't and you want to experience quite a speed boost, you should be looking in the direction of a SSD.
     
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    Thanks for the replies guys. Yeh, I kinda need the space because I am a digital media packrat. The 1TB option is attractive because it has more space and it's about $10 cheaper. I was thinking that the 7200 RPM drive would make a bigger difference. But after reading the linked threads, I think the two would be comparable.
     
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    Why not just buy a small SSD for OS and apps (256GB-ish or so), and store everything else in external storage? USB 3 HDDs are as fast as internal ones.
     
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    Yes, the 7200 will only be slightly faster. But it has less capacity, and it is much louder and has more problems. My MBP has a 500gb 7200 rpm hard drive, and it is loud! It is louder than the fans. I have a 500gb external drive which is 5400rpm, and it is so much quieter. But I don't know... maybe the MBP amplifies the sound of the hard drive. It is hard to tell.

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