5400 RPM SSHD (8 GB SSD) vs 7400 RPM HDD? Which is better?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by M.Rizk, Aug 20, 2016.

  1. M.Rizk macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2015
    So the idiot inside me got mad and hit my MacBook Pro 13" Mid 2012 a big strong causing an HDD failure and I can no longer boot into it with disk utility (based on installation USB) says SMART error on HDD and that it needs to get replaced.

    Which do you think will be better for me? A 5400 RPM SSHD with 8 GB SSD portion, or a 7400 RPM HDD?

    My usage:
    Basic browsing using Safari
    Streaming to YouTube Live / Facebook Live using Wirecast
    Watching videos at 720, 1080 and 2K
    Playing Star Craft II
  2. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    The benefit of a hybrid disk is that important files can be loaded onto the solid-state part of the disk to improve the overall performance, i.e. reducing bottlenecks. 8 GB is very low though and may not give you a noticeable difference.

    Have you considered an SSD instead? The performance benefits over a hard disk are tremendous.
  3. M.Rizk thread starter macrumors 6502


    Apr 20, 2015
    Who wouldn't want to get an SSD but I just wouldn't justify the cost for a mid 2012 MacBook Pro. I keep the SSDs for my desktop PC instead.

    Who knows how long this MacBook Pro will stay with me anyways, I am expecting to do an upgrade by next year so I really don't want to invest much on it.
  4. Flynnstone macrumors 65816


    Feb 25, 2003
    Cold beer land
    I put a 250G ssd in my 2010 MacBook last year. It was like a new computer.
    I'd recommend a ssd for your 2012 ...
  5. supermariofan25 macrumors regular


    Feb 7, 2011
    If you don't need much space you can always buy a low price SSD from a respected brand, you obviously wont get a lot of space depending on how much you spend but it wont break the bank and will improve the speeds of your computer. I have found 256 GB SSD's from the likes of Samsung that cost no more than a high end 1TB 2.5" HDD, now some might argue that it's a quarter of the space for the same price, but its also 4X faster.
  6. satcomer, Sep 5, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 17, 2016

    satcomer macrumors 603


    Feb 19, 2008
    The Finger Lakes Region
    Well look at this video:

    I say replace the drive with an SSD and consider get a two bay or better NAS for your iTunes Music or video projects that take up space!
  7. loby macrumors 6502a


    Jul 1, 2010
    I did the same with my Macbook 2010, maxed out the RAM to 16 GB...New Computer!
  8. shiekh macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2006

    Given you hit it, you really want a solid state drive and not a spinning one
  9. Michael Anthony macrumors regular

    Oct 18, 2012
    I put a 1TB SSD into a 15" 2011 MBP, it made a gigantic difference in performance (as did bumping memory up from 4GB to 16GB)
  10. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    I once bought a 7200RPM hard drive for virtualization instead of a 5400RPM hybrid and it was so slow that it felt it was maybe the wrong choice even in this case.
  11. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    256GB SSDs are not very expensive, and will transform your MBP to better-than-new performance (as one did for my 2011 13-in MBP). If you're in the USA, Black Friday is coming.
  12. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    Not very useful when you need 2TB and external is not practical.
  13. torana355 Suspended

    Dec 8, 2009
    Sydney, Australia
    In this day and age the only purpose for a traditional HDD is for archive and media storage. You just have to use a proper SSD for your boot drive or you are out missing on a huge performance gain imo. In my experience those hybrid drives are rubbish, 8gb of SSD is just not enough.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 29, 2017 ---
    In special circumstances you may have no choice but to use a spinner but in most cases SSD all the way.
  14. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    I would say that in this day and age there should be no notebooks and space saving desktops without both M.2 and hard drive bays, and given the apparent lack of interest of disk vendors during the last years, 2.5" bays should be 15mm thick.

    Hybrid drives are not rubbish, they are quite OK for basic use if you only have one bay and an SSD would be too expensive. What is really slow as a boot disk is a hard drive.
  15. blackbirdz macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2012
    By all means get 5400RPM HDD (capacity: _______) with 8GB SSD inside, I think it's called SSHD. This is faster than standard 7200RPM HDD because most of the programs accessed are being put in the 8GB SSD. It's not real SSD, but it is Hybrid.
  16. shiekh macrumors member

    Sep 26, 2006
    One reason that I stick with spinning drives over solid state or hybrid is the possibility of soft failure. At one point a solid state drive failure often left one without the ability to recover, while spinning drives tend to fail more gracefully. This may have since changed.
  17. vertical smile macrumors 68040

    vertical smile

    Sep 23, 2014
    I think posting the different drives you were thinking about getting might give more info for people to make a recommendation.

    Just RPM alone is not a good indicator of a faster drive.

    I remember a few years back there was a new HDD drive designed for laptops that came out that had a very large storage capacity for the time. The RPM speed was lower than most drive, I think it was 4300 RPMs, but the read/write speed was much faster than most other spinning drives. There was a MR article about it I think.

    All that said, I would skip the HDD and Hybrid, and go with a SSD. They are pretty cheap now, and they can make an old laptop feel like new.

    I got a Fusion Drive on my Late 2012 iMac, (the one with the 128GB SSD, not the current crappy one), and I wish I would have just spent the extra money and gotten a SSD.

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