downside to an ssd?

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  1. vmachiel macrumors 68000

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    So i'm gonna upgrade my MBP soon and I was wondering: are there any downsides to a SSD except for the price?
     
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  4. frankieboy, Mar 26, 2011
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    •Possibility that it will get slower with use/time.
    •Possibility you will have intermittent long-lasting beachballs, e.g. when waking from sleep.
    •There are some bricked SSDs out there, usually still allow reads but no writes.
    •Quite a few RMAs on them, probably a higher percentage of sales than that of standard HDs. This is still somewhat of a nascent, early-adopter technology: you can get a paper cut when on the bleeding edge.
    •Some are not nice to your battery.
    •Rapid obsolescence.
    •If you are getting Apple's SSD, you get better reliability and consistency, but slower speed than many third-party SSDs. I think in the 2011 MBP, for example, Apple's SSD offering does not even have a SATA III interface, even though the bus in those machines support that. And even compared to other SATA II drives, Apple's offerings are slower.

    For a sample of the kinds of nightmares that can occur, see these user reviews and this article, which describes a data-loss bug in the Intel X25-M drives.
     
  5. MacGod macrumors regular

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    Just Purchased SSD

    I purchased an 240GB SSD from OWC and I don't think I will ever go back to HD based mechanical drives again (at least for primary storage). It is fast - I mean - really fast. And for storage? Yeah, it is small compared the 500 GB drive I had in there before (XT based hybrid drive). But OWC also has a drive + kit where you can remove the SuperDrive and mount a 2.5 SATA Drive in it's place, so I would boot/work off my 240 GB SSD drive and then use a 500GB XT drive for storage.

    OWC guarantees that their drive won't degrade over time. So hopefully I won't see a degradation in speed/performance. Time will tell.
    Bill
     
  6. vmachiel thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Ok thanks guys, I'm still gonna buy one, now to find the right one:p
     

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