portable ssd worth the extra bucks?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by sy0296, Aug 16, 2011.

  1. sy0296, Aug 16, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 16, 2011

    sy0296 macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2011
    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).

    any suggestions?
  2. awer25 macrumors 65816


    Apr 30, 2011
    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


    Sep 30, 2008
    Dallas Metroplex
    If you're not willing to dish out the cash for the portable SSD, traditional HDs are fine.
  4. sy0296 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 16, 2011
    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

    Mar 14, 2008
    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

    Aug 16, 2011
    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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