MAcBook Pro Upgrade

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by robrose20, Mar 3, 2011.

  1. robrose20 macrumors 6502

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    I have an older MBP Santa Rosa, 2.4 Ghz dual core 15" .. I bought it with the stock 160 gb 5400 rpm hard drive, I've been running around with a full hard drive for a while and the thing was painfully slow. I finally pulled the trigger and bought a 500 gb WD 7200 rpm scorpio black upgrade kit from OWC.

    I installed it last night and have a fresh install of OSX Snow Leopard ... it is the most AMAZING difference ... it boots quickly, it is amazingly fast compared to what it was before.

    I almost wish I splurged and got the SSD ... could only afford the 120 gb though if I did that ...

    How much faster would the SSD be compared to the WD 7200 rpm scorpio black?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    5400rpm HD to 7200rpm HD is not that big bump. SSD is way faster than a 7200rpm drive so your boot time and stuff like that would be much faster. You could do OptiBay solution so a 60GB SSD might be fine
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Much, much, much faster.
     
  4. robrose20 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    Cheap eBay ones are less than 20 bucks but the brand ones are a bit less than 100$ I think.
     
  6. Naimfan macrumors 68040

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    The SSD would be significantly faster, but you have to balance the speed vs. the cost per GB of storage--the SSD is, as you saw, considerably more expensive. If your 160 GB drive was full, your new one sped things dramatically for two reasons: First, and obviously, it's a faster drive. Second, the higher data density means it spends less time searching. Put the two together, and compare it to a slower and full drive, and presto--significant speed increase.

    For now, just stick with the Black--it's a great drive.
     
  7. robrose20 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I think I will... Its our around the house computer at this point, web surfing, email, etc. I just got a Mac Pro which is my main system right now. I still can't get over the change in performance with replacing the drive. It was barely usuable before, now its great.

    Best $100.00 I've ever spent ... not that hard of an install either.

    btw - I've noticed that the magnetic latch doesn't work as well since I opened up the computer. I have to push down harder to get the cover to close. This was immediately after I finished the swap and closed the system up. Any ideas?

    Thanks!
     

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