Crucial M4 512GB or 1TB 5,400RPM HDD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Prodo123, Nov 19, 2011.

  1. Prodo123 macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    I'm looking to upgrade my computer once again, and it has come down to this.
    I currently have a Seagate Momentus XT 500GB. There's not quite enough space, but with cleanup I'm sure I can manage. I have around 380GB filled, with more to come.

    So, I'm left with:
    Crucial M4 512GB - Huge performance gain, no storage gain
    1TB 9.5mm HDD - No/little performance gain, huge storage gain

    I also heard the M4's garbage collection sucks without TRIM on. How will TRIM enabler perform on the M4, and what effect will 380GB of data have on the M4?

    And most of all, which one should I choose? I'm thinking of using Newegg promos in conjunction to Cyber Monday for huge discounts.
  2. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    I would always go for the SSD. So the crucial it is.

    How about a 256 GB SSD and a 1TB external drive? The 512 GB SSD will not be enough for you eventually, so why not save some money and store part of your data externally?
  3. ZMacintosh macrumors 65816


    Nov 13, 2008
    idk with HDD prices the way they are at this date, maybe get a nice SSD 256-512 range and a data-doubler? 750GB 7200RPM or 5400RPM 1TB

    No sense in carrying around an external HDD if your primary resource is storage and perhaps not optical media.
  4. intelliot macrumors member

    Jul 18, 2006
    Are you saying that HDD prices are low, or high?

    I think they doubled when the floods in Thailand occurred..
  5. Spadoinkles macrumors regular

    May 5, 2011
    They're still ridiculously high. They are over here in New Zealand anyway.

    If you aren't desperate for the upgrade (and you really shouldn't..) I'd wait until Thailand eases up and hdds start to flow again. At your rate you'll always run out of space, so externals are inevitable; why not pick one up to tie you through anyway (since you'll be needing one eventually, and the prices are reasonable)..

    I wouldn't know what sort of data you have, but if they don't require rapid read/writes (say if they're mostly music/movies etc) you wouldn't benefit as much from an SSD and should otherwise go for the larger 1TB.
  6. Prodo123 thread starter macrumors 68020


    Nov 18, 2010
    It depends on your definition of music. My music is all lossless (meaning 300MB per 10 songs), movies are all 1080p (~9GB per each), have lots of documents, etc. so they might require fast reads.
    I was thinking more of the physical aspect of the SSD than the speed, though. Less noise, less power consumed, less heat, less weight, more durable. I considered OCZ, but SandForce is too unstable.

    And speaking of the floods, since the demand for SSDs and HDDs haven't changed much in a couple weeks while HDD price has been nearly doubling, shouldn't that drive the SSD price down? Also, It's urgent because Cyber Monday could give massive discounts :) otherwise, there are no other reason as to why I would consider a SSD.
  7. polbit macrumors 6502


    Sep 18, 2002
    Since I got the M4, you know what my suggestion will be. The performance upgrade is so great that I can't ever imagine running the OS off of a mechanical HD again. I would think of it this way - what will you notice more, the overall snappiness of the system, or the occasional need to hook up an external disk to offload/archive some files.

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