HDD setup.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by noodile, Aug 4, 2012.

  1. noodile macrumors regular

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    Hey all,

    first post here, but not new to forums in general, i mostly frequent car forums.

    Anyways, I'm getting a new macbook pro. Planning on getting the 15" 2.6ghz, 8gbs one. Also planning on getting it with the Anti-glare screen. Now i've been researching for a few months now and i'm still stuck on what drive setup i should get.

    1) Buy it with the OEM 750gb HDD, then replace it with a 256 gb SSD (samsung 830)
    (and put the oem hdd in my 13" MBP)
    or
    2) Buy it with the optional 750gb 7200 rpm, replace it with the 256 samsung SSD, and put the 750gb in a data doubler for it. (end up with 1tb of space)
    or
    3) Same as 1, but buy 2 samsung SSD and put them in a RAID-0 setup. (I'm liking this because of the speed, but hating it because of the price and i dont know if the performance is justified).

    my favorite so far is number 3.

    If you were in my place which setup would you go for?

    and would i really notice a major difference between an SSD and a RAID-0 SSD?


    Background:
    Average user, planning on running windows 7/8 virtual machine, basic photoshop, final cut etc. and using a canon T3i maybe in RAW+jpeg.
     
  2. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    I'd go with option 1, assuming you listed it because you can deal with the limited space. I'm sure two SSDs in RAID0 would be very fast, but I just don't trust RAID0.
     
  3. noodile thread starter macrumors regular

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    1) Benefit: Cheapest CON: least space
    2) Benefit: Most Space CON: no space on old mac (don't really care)
    3) Benefit: Fastest CON: unreliable RAID-0, most expensive
     
  4. noodile, Aug 5, 2012
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    noodile thread starter macrumors regular

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    Well, just ordered my new mac. 15" 2.6ghz, 8gigs of ram, high-res anti-glare screen. AND 750gb 7200 rpm HDD.


    planning on getting the SSD soon. just gotta find out how much cash i have after getting the camera and stuff.
     
  5. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    If you don't care about the space in your old Mac and don't need your optical drive in the new one, then go for that one! More space is always nice, my 250GB HDD that came in my 2009 MBP isn't enough for me anymore.
     
  6. noodile thread starter macrumors regular

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    Old mac is pretty much ****ed up. the battery bloated. pushed the trackpad up (doesnt click anymore), optical drive is broken, battery is dead. so space is the least of my worries.

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    Anyone know a cheaper "reliable" optical-bay for a HDD. I think $70 for a data doubler is a little bit too much.

    The reviews on the one on amazon say its too big it "bloats/bulges" the bottom of the case. So any decent working one for a 15" MBP?
     
  7. T5BRICK macrumors 604

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    While I was doing a little reading to reply to your other post, I came across one at iFixit. It's only $10 cheaper, or about $60.
     

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