Noob here. MBP HDD/SSD question.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DemonoidPhenom, Oct 27, 2011.

  1. DemonoidPhenom macrumors newbie

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    Hi all!!
    So i'm about to order new MBP 15' 2.4. Will be my first MAC. I see that the memory upgrade can be done myself so i'll keep the standard 4GB and take care of that later.
    I would like an SSD though.

    Wondering how does the SSD and HDD thing work. Im ok with goign from 750gb 7200 to 128 gb SSD pricewise but spacewise, its kinda small and 256 gb is way expensive. If i go with HDD 7200 rpm whata re options to update to SSD other than having an external. Can i personally replace my HDD to SSD or add another SSD in the box. gimme a scoop on the best convenient and cost effective cases.
     
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    yes research Optibays you can take out your dvd drive and make that space for a second harddrive eihter standard HDD or SSD
     
  3. DemonoidPhenom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Nice! Now is it more reliable to have apple SSD as my primary drive or 3rd party are equally good, because at some point i'll only want to run SSD on the book. and i'll have mosyl video and sound oriented stuff, pulling samples and video content.


     
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    RAM and HDD and SSD are always less expensive if you get it someone else
     
  5. Wattser93 macrumors regular

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    3rd party drive are generally faster. The Apple SSDs are first gen Toshiba SSDs. Here's my benchmark results with a 512GB Toshiba (Apple) SSD. Still MUCH faster than the HDD it replaced, a 750GB WD Scorpio Black, but not quite as fast as some of the newer SATA3 drives. And Apple overcharges for the SSDs, overpriced for what you get.

    Results 267.42
    System Info
    Xbench Version 1.3
    System Version 10.7.2 (11C74)
    Physical RAM 8192 MB
    Model MacBookPro7,1
    Drive Type APPLE SSD TS512C
    Disk Test 267.42
    Sequential 177.18
    Uncached Write 333.37 204.69 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 281.75 159.42 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 74.61 21.83 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 381.02 191.50 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Random 545.00
    Uncached Write 329.62 34.89 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Write 523.73 167.67 MB/sec [256K blocks]
    Uncached Read 1586.31 11.24 MB/sec [4K blocks]
    Uncached Read 566.29 105.08 MB/sec [256K blocks]

    As you can see, it's fast, but not near as fast as the newer SATA3 SSDs. I'd say the only benefit of getting an Apple SSD is native TRIM support, and that they'll warranty it. I have an Apple SSD because I salvaged it, I never would have payed the going rate for one.
     
  6. DemonoidPhenom thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Does switching RAM and SSD affect my warranty? if not then i guess best deal is to order with the 7200 rpm HDD and then change whenever i want. right?

     
  7. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    No the instructions to change both are included in the user guide so I assume they are ok with it if they tell you how
     
  8. simsaladimbamba

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    No, unless you damage something during the process, Apple even puts instructions into the User Guide.

    Yes.
     

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