Hard drive advice for a 2011 mbp

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  1. KevinRightWing macrumors regular

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    My motherboard died and I just got back my 2011 17in mbp from apple. Everything repaired free of charge and they even gave me a new battery.

    Since I basically have a new computer. I would like to upgrade the 5400rpm 750gb hard drive that came with the computer. Obviously SSD's are all the craze. But are the 1 TB hybrid drives a good idea or bad if you want more storage capacity?

    Thanks in advance!
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    Hybrid drives don't hold a candle to a true SSD.
     
  3. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030

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    Buy an SSD and max out the RAM. I'd personally get a Samsung 850 EVO and 16GB of DDR3.
     
  4. KevinRightWing thread starter macrumors regular

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    The Sandisk Ultra II at 960gb is only $217 on Amazon right now. The 1 TB Samsung version is over $300. Any reason why I shouldn't by the Sandisk version?
     
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  6. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Bad idea. If you want "best of both worlds", better to get a 120 GB SSD and supplement with a 1 TB HDD in the optical bay.

    - Samsung is faster, more stable, and has longer warranty. Ultra II is a decent middle of the road drive, but it's a discontinued product. It will still work fine, though.
     
  7. rex450se macrumors regular

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    I just added a Samsung 850 Evo and 16gb of ram to my early 2011 MBP and couldn't be happier. I just bought the laptop and after the upgrades I've got less than $500 in it and it should run great for awhile.
     

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