Optibay, SSD Combo Setup

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  1. gan6660 macrumors 65816

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    I am thinking about getting an optibay like device from ebay for $200 which includes a 500gb seagate 7200rpm hard drive. I would also get a 64gb intel ssd. The ssd would be in the current hard drives spot and would have the os on it. Would this increase speed?
     
  2. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

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    That is my current setup. Works great and it is super fast.
     
  3. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is battery life affected with the 2 hard drives? Also what is the 2nd hard drive recognized as?
     
  4. fpar macrumors regular

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    Depends what you mean by speed, your apps would load faster and the system would seem far more responsive, but rendering times and stuff like that would not see any real change.
     
  5. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    By speed I mean like opening safari, mail, itunes adn just general surfing the web. Also what are "rendering times?"
     
  6. getz76 macrumors 6502a

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    The gain in speed may not be apparent. Those tasks should open and operate rather quickly on a stock machine, so there is not much more you can squeeze out of faster disk access.

    Rendering usually refers to things like processing video to a different format/codec or mixing down and dithering multichannel audio or using some of the heavy filters in Photoshop. Generally things that task the CPU/GPU and require a lot of disk access/bandwidth. You notice the difference appreciably with these types of tasks.
     
  7. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    So I owuld see a speed increase in ripping dvds to itunes?
     
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    Dumb question but how would you rip DVDs if you pull the optical drive out the computer?
     
  9. iSee macrumors 68040

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    Er..., doesn't the optibay hard drive repalce your DVD drive? You won't be ripping any DVDs :)

    But, assuming you were using an external optical drive, you probably wouldn't see a speed increase in ripping DVDs to iTunes. You're usually transcoding the video (i.e., encoding in a different format) and the processor(s) are usually the bottleneck for that, not drive access.
     
  10. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    External drive.
     
  11. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

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    You will see a large increase in speed in these general tasks simply due to the very fast SSD. There are many reviews of the Intel SSD out there, all of them concur on this issue.

    Battery life, noise, heat etc have not been an issue for me. I dont perceive a difference.
     
  12. NovemberWhiskey macrumors 68030

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    Forgive my ignorance, but is the optibay hazardous to your computer's health?

    For instance, would it raise the temperature of the laptop significantly?

    Battery life?

    Any other damage I may not be able to think of?
     
  13. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    Can you spin down the platter HD in the optibay when it's not needed? I have a 256GB SSD in my MBP for now but was thinking that down the road when 1TB laptop drives are available I might want to Optibay away my DVD drive and put a 1TB platter HD in it for mass storage.

    Ruahrc
     
  14. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    If you're moving your boot drive to a SSD there's really need to go with a 7200rpm SATA HDD but then again the power savings with a 5400rpm drive wouldn't be all that substantial so I'd say you'd probably not notice much of a drop off.
     
  15. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Well the 7200 drive comes with the optibay device I might buy.
     
  16. maflynn Moderator

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    So I guess the speed increases will be offset by using the external optical drive.
     
  17. MacModMachine macrumors 68020

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    yawn....here is my setup

    2xintel's

    better battery life, external slot load samsung w/lightscribe usb powered :D
     

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  18. gan6660 thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Is the intel any better than this drive? OCZ Vertex 30GB SSD I know the intel is bigger but it also costs alot more and I could get this for ~$100.
     
  19. midgetsanchez macrumors regular

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    My question is, will the hard drive be spinning constantly or only when files on the hard drive are accessed? I plan on using an X-25 80GB just for my OS and programs, and use a 500GB 7200RPM drive in the optibay for time machine backups and storing large files(videos, etc.).
     
  20. rw3 macrumors 6502a

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    Running two 7200.4 500GB in RAID0 and it is amazingly fast on my Mini....
     
  21. Ruahrc macrumors 65816

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    And barely any storage space! Which is why many users look into getting an Optibay :)
     
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  23. Some Guy 555 macrumors regular

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    The intel is way on top (The extremes first, and the m's not too far behind).

    For boot times I really don't see any difference as the read times are almost all the same in high end drives (240 - 250mb/s) its where the write times come in that makes a difference.
     

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    Link to full sized pic: http://www.harddrivebenchmark.net/high_end_drives.html
     

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