Can anyone confirm the 500GB HDD in 2012 13" MBP is 6G

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  1. Wicked1 macrumors 68040

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    I am interested in knowing only because I am wondering if it will be faster or my Seagate Hybrid 500GB Sata II HDD.

    I was going to give the Seagate to my son, but wondering which will be faster or if you would even notice the diff.

    I want to get him an Intel 520 128SSD but just spent a lot of $ on him for xmas, so thinking this would be a good upgrade especially with the 4G NAND partition for OS/APPS
     
  2. Stetrain macrumors 68040

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    I don't think that a pure mechanical hard drive will see any real improvement from being on SATA 6G.
     
  3. b0fh666 macrumors 6502a

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    we have the 500 and the 750 (toshiba, 5400 rpm) and they are both 3G

    not that it matters, as said.
     
  4. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a

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    The Momentus XT 1stGen is likely to be faster. Even with only 4GB NAND flash, that's better than none. I think that's a 7200rpm drive as well.
     
  5. Wicked1 thread starter macrumors 68040

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    It is a 7200 RPM drive with the 4gb hand, and 500gb disk drive running at 16mb cache, I am thinking of getting the 750gb hybrid with 32mb cache, 8gb nand, and 750gb disk, it is also 6G so might be better for $129 at new egg :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
     
  6. Gen macrumors 6502a

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    Get this instead;
    http://www.newegg.com/Product/Product.aspx?Item=N82E16820147189

    It's only 250GB, though.

    8GB of NAND on a mechanical drive is useless.
     
  7. NewishMacGuy macrumors 6502a

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    It is. I put one of each in my and my wife's laptops because we need more than 256GB (she needs a lot more) and we still actually use the Superdrives for the moment. They're not SSD fast, but in day-to-day use, they're MUCH better than the stock 5400rpm drives, and our computing is much snappier as a result.
     
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  9. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    SSD's are great if you can afford to drop $400-$500 on storage, if you want any decent amount of space.(512GB)

    I would more than happily get a 256GB, but after partitioning, it just isn't worth the lack of space. Even the 750GB hybrid is significantly cheaper than even the 256GB SSD.

    I think hybrids are good median ground, it may not be as fast as a pure SSD, but for the average user it's going to make a huge difference either way, especially if you coming from a 5400rpm drive like the OP is.
     
  10. MyAppleWorld macrumors 6502

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    Although the 2012 MBP13 Supports 6Gbps, you will find the link speed for the stock 500GB drive negotiates at 3Gbps. See here

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  11. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    240GB SSD's are $150 right now (was a deal on a Sammy 840 yesterday, with a free game). Also putting your HDD in the optibay is a no brainer.

    Who the hell needs extra 250GB of space on an SSD for a 13" laptop? First 100GB for Apps and OS, fine, I understand, then you have 150GB more space for other stuff...then you have your stock HDD (750GB?) in the Optibay...that's a gig worth of storage.

    512GB SSD's are not worth it right now and don't make sense, unless you do a lot of video work and need to capture high datarate video...but on a 13" laptop? C'mon.

    Seems like that HDD is a SATAII HDD, so that's why it's not running at SATAIII.

    So in other words, the optibay on the 2012 will definitely support a SATAIII device like an SSD drive.

    I know for a fact that the 2011 MBP didn't support SATAIII speeds in the optibay. Ivy Bridge transition must have fixed that.
     
  12. TechZeke macrumors 68020

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    WTF does the size of the laptop size have to do with anything? I have a 2012 15" Macbook Pro, I don't see how that means I automatically use more storage.

    Anyway, I like my optical drive, so I don't see me taking it out. Like I said before, if you want to partition windows the 256GB doesn't offer allot of storage at all. However, if I planned on using just Mac only, A 256GB would be enough, I guess.
     
  13. SDAVE macrumors 68040

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    A lot*
     
  14. w00t951 macrumors 68000

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    7200RPM drives won't saturate SATA II bandwidth. If your original drive is SATA II, connecting it to an SATA III bus won't do anything to speed. It'll just negotiate a lower link speed that matches the SATA II standards that your drive is capable of running at.
     

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