320GB HDD vs 128GB SSD

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by DavidChavez, Apr 19, 2010.

  1. DavidChavez macrumors member

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    Well, finaly after going through with Finder problems, and an screwed MagSafe charger, I decided to upgrade my poor (almost) 2 years old MacBook. I'm planning to buy Snow Leopard, new RAM memories and brand new drives.
    But here's my dilemma: we everybody know that Solid State Drives aka SSD are faster, but more expensive than normal Hard Disk Drives aka HDD. Also SSD's live less time. But I saw a video (here) where a guy (an Argentiean entrepreneur called Martin Varsavsky by the way) shows his 2 stunning MacBooks. He says that the white MacBook wins over the 15-inch MacBook Pro in speed. Some people said that is because the white is new or because the MacBook's HDD has more rpms.

    So, if I don't buy the fa$t SSD, I'll can buy an HDD with more rpm? I don't know if my MacBook will support an 320GB HDD 7200rpm (or it can hold up an 500GB one?)
     
  2. scottkifnw macrumors regular

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    Hmmm

    Why don't you consider a new Macbook?


     
  3. DavidChavez thread starter macrumors member

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    I'm poor

    I don't have enough money. And if I buy a new MacBook I would lose things as FireWire, IR... And if I have the money I would put on an 27" iMac.
     
  4. mr.steevo macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Buy the largest hard drive (not SSD) you can afford. The Macbook can recognize the largest drives available, so that is not a factor. By installing a larger hard drive you will immediately notice a speed increase simply because a larger drive is denser and the "arm-thingy" has less distance to travel to get the information. 7200 RPM is faster but is a half second really that important? I'd go with 5400 RPM UNLESS the 7200 RPM is a $10-$15 difference.

    I know that fast is what it is all about, but when you can't add another song or picture because your SSD drive is full it is a pointless speed. Unless you are using your computer to make money and seconds count, it is better to have more storage space for you to put your pictures, junk, stuff, etc. You can install a 640GB HDD for around $100 which is a far better use of your money than any SSD.

    s.
     
  5. DavidChavez thread starter macrumors member

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    U haven't answer my question

    Yes, but 7200 RPM will really worth?. Also I don't know if my late 2007 MacBook will hold up so much storage.
     
  6. waloshin macrumors 68040

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    Well it's storage space vs speed? Which one do you prefer?
     
  7. breathesrain macrumors regular

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    Your macbook will hold any 2.5" hard drive of standard height (which means up to 640 GB at the moment). the 7200 RPM is usually about 10$ more expensive than an equivalent 5400 RPM drive from the same manufacturer. 500 GB 7200 RPM sells for around 90-100 USD.
     
  8. mr.steevo macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    The difference in speed will be there, but if the 7200 RPM drive is more than $10-$15 than a comparable 5400 RPM it isn't worth it.

    How much is a 640GB HDD where you live?

    s.
     
  9. mr.steevo macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    Get the 640 GB.

    You'll be happy with it.

    s.
     
  10. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

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    Get Western Digital's new 750GB drive. 2 platters, 375GB per. It'll be faster than the 640GB, and it'll feel like it's a 7200RPM drive because of the density. Probably a 15-20 dollar difference between the 640 and the 750 though.
     

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