Back-up drive advice

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by sanctified89, Aug 5, 2012.

  1. sanctified89 macrumors newbie

    Jun 30, 2012
    Hey guys, planning on picking up a new 15" Macbook Pro (base model) in a couple weeks. I was looking at buying the Samsung 830 SSD (128GB) to use as a boot drive and an OWC data doubler to place a hard-drive in the optical drive slot for storage. My only question is if it's worth it to use the stock hard-drive that comes with the computer (which is typically a 5,400rpm) or if I should pick up a cheap 7,200rpm for more speed. I doubt I'll be accessing the data drive all that much to be honest, I just wanted a second opinion.
  2. jomirrivera macrumors 6502

    Mar 15, 2011

    IMO you should use the original HDD, its good enough!
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    A very simple and effective method is to buy the new drive in an external enclosure, then use Carbon Copy Cloner to clone the internal to the external, then swap the drives and boot up. Your new drive is now the internal and your old drive is now an external drive, useful for backups or additional storage.

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