Hi : ) !!! - Two SSD Hard drives, is it worth it?


May 3, 2012
What are you wanting to get out of using two drives?

Also, SSDs are not hard drives. SSD is short for Solid State Drive.


macrumors 65816
Original poster
Aug 15, 2005

Thank you for your messages : ) !!!

I'll start doing video. Perhaps I can store
the videos in an external hard drive as well.
My photo files will also be larger because
the camera I'll work with has larger files.

Is the idea of having two SSD's mainly to
have more space to store more files, or are
there any other benefits to it besides having
much more space for new files?

Thank you, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!


macrumors 68030
Sep 30, 2014
If it's about storing "lots", SSD is not the way to go.
SSD works great for random reads and writes, makes less sense for large sequential workloads.

If you just want to store more data but not use it much, external devices (i'd go NAS personally) keep what you use frequently and then tier off the lesser used data to the external storage.


macrumors 68030
Nov 3, 2008
My dual drive setup in a 2012 MBP 15"

480GB SSD - For OS, Video and Photo files I'm working on
2TB HDD - For archive files, iTunes library, Photo and Video files, everything else

Maybe new consumer end machines should all be SSD, but Pro level machines benefit from an extra drive bay. I set this up 2 years ago and it's been great for my workflow (so great that I'm unable to "downgrade" to a new Retina MBP because I'd have to start using external drives like some sort of caveman media editor). I guess if I'd be setting up now I'd consider dual drive SSD since the price for non-Apple SSD is very affordable. But I like having maximum storage so I prefer an SSD and HDD.


macrumors 601
Nov 3, 2011
SF Bay Area

I am considering this option:

Instead of using the optical drive,
to have two drives.

What do you think? Is it worth it?
When is it worth it?
Any inconveniences?

Thank you, kind regards,

igmolinav : ) !!!
I have something like this, different brand, in a MBP 13. It is nice to have the space, but with SSDs getting so cheap, if I were doing it now I would just put in a bigger SSD (also, bigger SSDs perform better). Additionally, the performance on the SATA port associated with the CD can be slower than the one associated with the disk drive, so check the specs for your particular model.