Macbook Pro 13" (Early 2011) HDD Question

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  1. Billishoho macrumors newbie

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    Hello guys,
    I am thinking of upgrading my hard drive on my 13" mbp..
    At first i was thinking About Seagate Momentus XT (The Hybrid one) 500Gb
    but then i noticed that it's speed is 3Gb/s
    My mbp has Sata 3 Port which means it can take Advantage of 6Gb/s Hard Drives.
    So, would it be better to go for a 7200 Rpm normal 6Gb/s HDD
    Or go for The Momentus XT?
     
  2. snaky69, Jul 29, 2011
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    snaky69 macrumors 603

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    A platter hard drive cannot saturate a 3Gbps(SATA II) link, so no it isn't worth it to get a SATA III platter hard drive.
     
  3. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    The only way to make use of a Sata 6 i.e 6GB/s is by buying an ssd and even most of these are not fast enough to use the full speed. So go for the Momentus
     
  4. Billishoho thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So, it does not worth to go for the Momentus XT drive?
    I picked this one because it's "Hybrid" and it also has 4gbs of SSD
     
  5. Billishoho thread starter macrumors newbie

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    unfortunately my budget doesn't allow me to go for an SSD, that's why i am looking for Normal Hard Drives..
     
  6. maril1111 macrumors 68000

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    Depending what harddrive you will compare the Momentus to it will be faster than most 7200rpm you will find however if you want to use the 6GB/s you have to buy an actual SSD not a hybrid.
     
  7. kanit macrumors member

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    Buy the XT, SATA 6.0 gbps wont benefit a HDD at all, also i dont think there are any SATa 6gbps 7200rpm laptop HDDs out there.
     
  8. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    No, that's not what we said.

    The Momentus XT is quite a fast hard drive, but even that one cannot saturate a SATA II connection, no spinning platter hard drive can.

    Basically paying extra for a sata III is completely useless.
     
  9. Billishoho thread starter macrumors newbie

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    So, you guys think i should go with The Momentus XT?
     
  10. dsio macrumors regular

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    Yeap, you're the perfect candidate for one.
     
  11. Chiuy macrumors 6502

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    Get a SSD. You'll be doing your computer a favor by going faster.
    I'm getting the 64GB OCZ Agility 3.
    Unless you need more storage, then go with the XT then.
     

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