MacBook Pro: SSD or HDD?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ademuth93, Oct 12, 2010.

  1. ademuth93 macrumors regular

    Jul 7, 2010
    Minnesota: Land of the Lakes? You betcha!
    I'm heading off to college in the fall of next year and I have a feeling I'll be buying a MacBook Pro; I'm already saving some cash for this purpose.

    My question is whether I should be getting a 128 Gb SSD or a 500 Gb 7200 RPM disc. Speed is the real issue as I don't expect to take up much more than 50 Gb.

    So, should I go SSD or not?
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    I wouldn't recommend apple's offerings for an SSD too highly, I have heard they arent the fastest. If you really want one, I would get a 160GB Intel when their 3rd generation drives come out. They are known to be good drives and very fast too. As far as SSD vs. HDD, that's a personal question. I can't rationalize spending 7x what I paid for my 7200 RPM drive to get some thing half the size with the only benefit being speed. Sure it's great, but is $250 of your money worth booting and loading applications faster?
  3. circularforward macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    Another option is hybrids like the Seagate Momentus XT. By that time, there may be other better ones too.
  4. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a


    Mar 26, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Why decide on one when you can have both?:D

    Step 1) Buy Macbook Pro with standard HDD

    Step 2) Buy THIS Intel X-25M SSD.

    Step 3) Buy THIS Optibay optical drive replacement for a second harddrive.

    Step 4) Install the SSD into the Optibay drive and enjoy having a fast SSD boot drive with a large secondary storage drive built in as well.

    Detailed installation instructions found HERE.
  5. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    I would buy the MacBook pro with the HDD. Then, I would upgrade to an SSD. Either the intel drive stated above or a sandforce based drive, such as this, come highly recommended.

    If you want to keep your optical drive, I would get one of these to make the internal HDD into an external HDD.
  6. sbddude macrumors 6502a

    Sep 27, 2010
    Nor Cal, USA
    That is the most expensive USB 2.5" enclosure I have seen. Most are $10-20. I paid $10 for mine from Amazon.
  7. CaoCao macrumors 6502a

    Jul 27, 2010
    IMO evaluate your options in nine months (July) and figure out what's best then
  8. munkery macrumors 68020


    Dec 18, 2006
    I knew RocketFish made one so I went to that website to provide an example. I was suprised by the price as well as Best Buy has RocketFish enclosures for $25.

    I think waiting for the next Gen SSD drives is a good idea as well. If not to buy the latest but to get this generation at cheaper prices.
  9. rkmac macrumors 6502


    Jun 22, 2009
    JAFA, New Zealand
    This is a good guide, however I can personally recommend OWC for both of those upgrades. They have some very good SSDs and OptiBays.
    Make sure you dont waste the money on an apple SSD, as you can get some much faster SSDs from other retailers.
  10. circularforward macrumors 6502

    Jul 18, 2010
    This is actually the best advice. :)
  11. henry72 macrumors 65816


    Jun 18, 2009
    New Zealand
    Newegg is selling the OCZ Vertex 2 really really cheap... Wish I'm in U.S atm :D
  12. AdamRock macrumors 6502a


    Aug 30, 2010
  13. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a


    Mar 26, 2009
    Denver, CO
    Agreed. I've heard OWC makes great SSD's.
  14. sn0wman72 macrumors member

    Apr 7, 2010
    You might look for a refurbished MBP with a SSD...that is what I recently purchased
  15. stphnman20 macrumors regular

    Jun 23, 2010
    I just picked up my MBP this pass Monday. I got it with the standard HDD which is 5gb 5400prm. I'm going to upgrade it here pretty soon with an SSD. I didn't get the SSD that Apple was offering as it was to damn expensive. But for a reasonable price, I would have gotten it. So if you have the cash, then by all means.
  16. DePaulBlueDemon macrumors regular


    Sep 27, 2010
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    You still have a year left. SSD prices will continue to fall, speeds will continue to increase, new models will be released. There's no point in deciding now.
  17. mmomega macrumors demi-god


    Dec 30, 2009
    DFW, TX
    My MBP came with a 320GB which is plenty "huge" enough for my needs but I feel the need for speed.

    Like some have mentioned you can do, remove the superdrive and put the stock drive in its place, I never use mine ever. Installed an Intel X25M and haven't looked back. It was quite a performance boost on the laptop.
  18. mac8867 macrumors 6502

    Apr 5, 2010
    Saint Augustine, FL
    SSD prices have been going up through 2010. Just beware. I bought my 250GB OCZ Vertex in April for $450. They sell for close to $700 today.
  19. AlexMaximus macrumors 6502a


    Aug 15, 2006
    A400M Base
    Seagate Momentus XT

    I originally got my MBP 17´ with the 500 Gig, 7200 rpm drive. Just a week ago I swapped it out for the Seagate Momentus XT version of it. And to tell the truth, I would have never thought about such an increase of speed.

    This is my advice: Go for the bloody standard drive and swap it out with the Momentus XT the day you get it. Best choice ever made. Do not go for any apple HD upgrade during the ordering process.

  20. wakeborder556 macrumors regular

    May 31, 2008
    I agree w/ the dual harddrive set up, I'm in college and it provides the best of all worlds. Large space and hauls.
  21. CmdrLaForge macrumors 601


    Feb 26, 2003
    around the world
    Here is what I think. SSDs are still very expensive (cost / MB) I would go for now with the biggest 7200 rpm drive and in 2 or 3 years exchange it with an SSD. This will give your old Mac a very nice boost and the prices should be better then.
  22. Sirmausalot macrumors 6502a


    Sep 1, 2007
    Stupid Discussion and Stupid Answers

    1. He says that he values speed over space. So it's a no brainer because he answered his own question.
    2. It appears many posters here have never used an SSD. It's a stunning increase in speed and I find it frustrating waiting for my iMac to boot and open programs now that I have an SSD in my Macbook Pro. So saying it doesn't make much of a difference is just wrong.
    3. Prices on SSDs are continually dropping. Some of the newer higher performance drives are more expensive than their same GB counterparts. But all in all, prices per MB are declining.
    4. A year away is a ridiculous amount of time to consider options as costs/space and other factors will completely change the equation.

    The best advice above (for anyone buying next week after the Apple con-fab) is get the lowest space SSD you can get away with (to save on cost) with the expectation that you can upgrade your SSD in a year or two for more space and higher performance if need be as prices are dropping. The optibay and external HDD are good solutions and solid advice. The 60GB drive for less than 100 bucks is a great place to start.


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