portable ssd worth the extra bucks?

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  1. sy0296, Aug 16, 2011
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    sy0296 macrumors newbie

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    want an portable ssd to store raw photo file, h.264 gopro files, itunes library, and misc music/movies...they are taking up too much real estate on my 512GB MBP internal SSD.

    i use time machine to back everything up and have a second carbon backup from an external HD but i still want the portable drive to be rugged enough so i don't need to worry about dropping it (i'm clumsy) or having it be bouncing around in bags/luggages (i travel a lot). this is the primary reason i'm considering a SSD.

    access speed is also concern (movie file for itunes, playback/editing h.264 files), but i know i am limited by the firewire port

    i'm looking at something like this, but it's $$$$$$ (480GB 3G SSD for $960). i can get a 750GB 7200rpm drive from the same company for 1/6th the price (one of the few companies that uses the Oxford chipset for firewire...i'm told that's good).
    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other...ng/MEQMSSD480/

    any suggestions?
     
  2. awer25 macrumors 65816

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    Get a regular HDD. Keep a backup copy at home just in case, but most HDDs are pretty rugged. Not as much as an SSD, but pretty good nonetheless. Just get a case for your external (like a padded hard case) that will protect it.
     
  3. Vudoo macrumors 6502a

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    If you're not willing to dish out the cash for the portable SSD, traditional HDs are fine.
     
  4. sy0296 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the comments.

    will there be much performance benefits with the ssd? (not just speed, but power consumption as well).
     
  5. snaky69 macrumors 603

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    Power consumption maybe, but speed, no. Even FW800 cannot saturate a SATA II link, so you'd notice no performance improvement to having the SSD vs a traditional HD as an external, unless you connect it through eSata, which the MBP doesn't have. Unless you find a way to connect it through the thunderbolt port, it's not worth it, at all.

    Save the money and buy a regular HD, when not spinning, they are pretty rugged too, you know.
     
  6. sy0296 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    thanks for the info and potentially saving me $800...i guess since this drive won't be connected all the time, power consumption is not going to justify for the extra dough.
     

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