Optibay: Seagate Momentus XT vs WD Scorpio black as media storage.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jkpark78, Mar 14, 2011.

  1. jkpark78 macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2009
    I have a OWC SSD as a main HD. Just ordered Optibay to put my 200GB of media (combo music and pics.)
    I have two options for storage lying around:
    1) Seagate Momentus XT 500GB -
    pros: more area for storage, definitely faster.
    cons: firmware SD24 therefore HD never spins down, affecting the battery life; problem with video playback - has hiccups, a well known issue.
    2) WD Scorpio black 320GB - pros: does spin down hence will have slightly better battery life - media, I imagine, won't be accessed as much, so spinning down and letting the HD go to sleep should help with battery life; smooth playback of videos
    cons: less storage space - but I do have drobo to throw all my old media files there if need be.

    I'm leaning towards WD for potential battery life and smooth playback though it's slower and having less storage space (120GB free vs 300GB) for the future is a somewhat big concern of mine - even if I have the drobo, I figure sometimes I want to hear some obscure music or see old pics out of random.

    Anyone want to chime in on decision making process?
  2. tjb1 macrumors 68000

    Aug 26, 2010
    Pennsylvania, USA
    The XT isnt any faster unless your accessing the same files over and over again...the drive picks what is put on the flash storage. So spending the money on it is worthless because you would have to access the same media ALL THE TIME for it to be any faster.
  3. mulo macrumors 68020


    Aug 22, 2010
    Behind you
    I opted for a 500GB momentus (non XT!) 7200RPM, i figured i would save $50 since i wont be booting form it so i wont need the flash memory.
  4. jkpark78 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2009
    I already have both drives - no need to buy either one.
    I guess battery life is superior to storage space and faster access, I presume?

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