HDD Guide 2013

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by swingerofbirch, Apr 14, 2013.

  1. swingerofbirch macrumors 68030

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    I bought a Hitachi Travelstar 2.5 inch for my MacBook Pro back in 2011, as it seemed to be the best at the time.

    It's this product:
    http://www.amazon.com/Travelstar-50...TF8&qid=1365986756&sr=1-2&keywords=travelstar

    I was wondering if there's any reason to get a different type of drive now in 2013, any advancements in HDDs?

    I have an SSD but it's giving me troubles, and I feel more comfortable going back to HDD, but I just wanted to make sure I shouldn't be looking for something more advanced in an HDD, such as SATA 3 (the MBP I currently have supports SATA 3). I'm guessing that's less important on an HDD, though.

    Thanks.
     
  2. B... macrumors 68000

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    HDDs cannot even saturate SATA 1 speeds let alone 2 or 3. HDDs are still primitive compared to SSDs: what problems have you had from that?

    Also, a HDD is the same as another HDD except if it fails on you; then you want another brand. HDD speeds don't matter so much because they are so low: barely 100 MB/s. When you get to SSDs, you start caring about speeds because getting one with 500 MB/s is cool and useful at the same time whereas the difference between 90 MB/s and 110 MB/s won't help you so much.
     
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  4. swingerofbirch thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Thanks.

    I'm still not entirely sure if it's the SSD that caused the problems or not. It's a Samsung 830. I created a post about it here:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1570454

    I probably should have posted it in the MacBook Pro forum.

    I still need to back it up and erase it and afterward I guess I'll try using it, but I was just worried about it seeming to work and then possibly being corrupted and failing again. So, I was sort of preemptively investigating what type of HDD to get.
     
  5. Orlandoech macrumors 68040

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    Is the SSD;

    1. Have the latest firmware?
    2. Did you do a clean install of OS X or a clone/copy?
     
  6. Ifti macrumors 68000

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    My Samsung 830 has been flawless........
    I would suggest investigating and resolving the issues on the SSD TBH.
     
  7. swingerofbirch thread starter macrumors 68030

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    Hey, just to give an update if someone comes across this, it is not the SSD in my computer that was the problem. I swapped it out with another drive, and the computer still didn't work, so it's with Apple for repairs for something else, most likely the SATA cable, I would guess.
     

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