Good idea or bad/waste of money?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by HiFiGuy528, Jul 1, 2009.

  1. HiFiGuy528 macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    With Snow Leopard months away. I am thinking about upgrading to SSD on my white MacBook (Muisc/Movies) server at home. The current Samsung 500gb internal HD is noisy. I need dead slience because I like to hear music not background noise. SSD comes to mind to run just the OS & apps, use the Sammy 500gb in an enclosure inside a cabinet. All iTunes library content and movies are housed on external drives. There are two good reasons why I like this idea.

    1. OS X & apps is not that big so I can buy a 64gb SSD on the cheap/per or maybe even 32gb.

    2. SSD are fast & quiet so low heat inside MacBook.

    Which SSD do you like and how much did you paid?
  2. GoCubsGo macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    Your internal hdd makes that much noise?

    Waste of money for someone who claims to want to listen to music. You would have proper speakers that would output more dbs than your stupid HDD.
  3. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Hard to believe an internal HDD is loud enough to interfere with music
    What do you listen to that is that soft?

    Put in some country and crank it up... and save the money!

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  4. McGiord macrumors 601


    Oct 5, 2003
    Dark Castle
    MacBook's speakers are crappy.
    Buy good noise isolating earphones.
  5. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Or just buy a pair of decent headphones. Decent headphones will beat decent speakers in terms of sound quality and noise reduction almost every time.
  6. GimmeSlack12 macrumors 603


    Apr 29, 2005
    San Francisco
    As an Acoustician by profession I can make a few recommendations to mitigate the HDD noise you are hearing.

    1) Put the HDD in a cabinet.
    2) Close the cabinet.

    What I am getting at is that you need to increase the transmission loss (noise blocking) between you and the HDD.

    No one seriously listens to music through a computers speakers do they?
  7. HiFiGuy528 thread starter macrumors 68000

    Jul 24, 2008
    The Sammy 500gb is more noisy than my Seagate 500gb in my 13" MBP. I need the laptop outside of a cabinet to use the Apple remote. I don't listen to music on the internal speakers, who does. I have a full McIntosh & Focal JM Lab Utopia system. Put your MacBook in a well insolated/damped room and tell me if you can hear the hard drive. The idea of SSD to run just to OS will allow me to place the Sammy 500gb in a cabinet out of sight.


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