Seagate SSHD Hybrid Drive for MacBook Pro

giraffeboy27

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Jan 5, 2013
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Hi,

I'm looking at upgrading my MacBook Pro hard drive. I've had a look at all the different products available from different manufacturers, and I've decided that a Seagate 1 TB SSHD hybrid drive would be best for me, as I need lots of storage but need a little more speed. I've ruled out a 7200rpm drive because of heating issues.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Laptop-Solid-State-Hybrid/dp/B00BHRWHNI/


Are seagate a good make? Has anyone had experience with the SSHD drive?

If not, can anyone recommend a good 1TB hard drive?

Ta!
 

Gen

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Jul 15, 2008
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Those hybrid SSD/HDD drives have little benefit over just regular HDD's. I would recommend getting a dedicated solid state drive and then adding a regular hard drive (if you can) for storage.
 

giraffeboy27

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Jan 5, 2013
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Those hybrid SSD/HDD drives have little benefit over just regular HDD's. I would recommend getting a dedicated solid state drive and then adding a regular hard drive (if you can) for storage.
I wish I could do this, but I can't afford a big SSD. Plus I don't want a dual setup, because I don't want to fiddle about with moving the ODD.
 

Idefix

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Jul 10, 2012
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I got the Seagate 750 hybrid 7200 rpm. Small increase in speed (very small) and no noticeable temperature difference.
 

Ledgem

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Jan 18, 2008
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I had a first-generation SSHD from Seagate, a 500 GB 7200 RPM Momentus XT. It felt like a huge difference in going from the stock 5400 RPM drive to the Momentus XT. Much of that could probably be attributed to the change in RPM, but the flash memory was noticeable. For example, I used to switch between using Safari for a few months, then Chrome, then back again. The first day or two when I would make that switch, the browser would take a bit longer to open and certain operations would lag. This would entirely disappear a bit later, as the hard drive copied the data over to the SSD portion.

I later upgraded to a Samsung 840 SSD, also 500 GB. To be honest, I was underwhelmed. The SSD is faster, but it didn't feel that much faster in my day-to-day tasks than the Momentus XT. I had been expecting a huge leap, similar to what I experienced in going with the Momentus XT over the stock hard drive.

I never used a 7200 RPM "normal" hard drive with my setup, so I don't know how much better the Momentus XT "SSHD" was by comparison. I thought it was quite good, though.
 

nollimac

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Oct 10, 2013
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I got the Seagate 750 hybrid 7200 rpm. Small increase in speed (very small) and no noticeable temperature difference.
I also did this recently to my MacBook Pro (MA897LL/A) and noticed the small increase in speed, particularly, booting up, and launching application despite jumping mine from 6GB/sec to 1.5GB/sec.
 

MrGimper

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I ran a seagate momentus xt 750GB in my 2011 15" cMBP for a couple of years and noticed a marked improvement over the standard drive. Recently I've added a 256GB Samsung 830 and moved my original 750 5400 RPM drive to the optibay. I then created a home brew Fusion Drive.

I didn't use the hybrid drive in the optibay because there are reports of them not playing well in a Fusion setup.
 

KeegM480

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Aug 13, 2013
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Hi,

I'm looking at upgrading my MacBook Pro hard drive. I've had a look at all the different products available from different manufacturers, and I've decided that a Seagate 1 TB SSHD hybrid drive would be best for me, as I need lots of storage but need a little more speed. I've ruled out a 7200rpm drive because of heating issues.

http://www.amazon.co.uk/Seagate-Laptop-Solid-State-Hybrid/dp/B00BHRWHNI/


Are seagate a good make? Has anyone had experience with the SSHD drive?

If not, can anyone recommend a good 1TB hard drive?

Ta!
Everyone on here has recommended me to just save up for an SSD rather than a SSHD but if you dont go with the SSD get that one.
 

faiz23

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Oct 8, 2010
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Save up for a real ssd. The seagate is just a tease and leave you wanting for more. Do it right the first time or don't do it at all.
 

tokijici

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Mar 22, 2017
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Save up for a real ssd. The seagate is just a tease and leave you wanting for more. Do it right the first time or don't do it at all.
Hello, I am using dual drive configuration on my Macbook Pro for over two years now, 512 GB SSD for the
OS and Applications, Users Home folder is on 1TB 7200 RPM HGST HDD drive, few days ago I have switched
the HDD with Seagate FireCuda 2 TB ST2000LX001.

I have noticed the difference right away, applications are starting faster, switching between applications
takes less time.

Comparing the performance with Blackmagic Disk Speed Test reveals that the average read/write speeds are
lower on the SSHD (probably because of the less RPM 7200 compared to 5400).
However the difference in real usage performance is much better on the SSHD.
 

sboychuck

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Sep 19, 2014
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I just put a Crucial MX300 525GB SSD into my 2008 17-inch MacBook Pro and noticed it is much happier and faster loading. The SSD drive was fairly inexpensive and their are even less expensive SSD drives. I was also able to download TRIM Enabler for free, turn TRIM on, and then delete the software. A 1GB SSD is not going to be cheap, but if you went with a 525GB or a little smaller, and then used an external enclosure, that may be a good compromise.
 
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