Solid state drive or normal drive??

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  1. willieb macrumors newbie

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    hi

    im looking for some advice im buying a new mac book pro 17" in next few days and im wondering wether i should buy it with the normal 500gb serial ata drive or go for the 512 solid state drive ?

    can some one tell me is it worth the money and what the good and bad points to a solid state drive is?

    any help appreciated
    willie
     
  2. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    That's up to you.

    Good:
    No moving parts
    Fast

    Bad:
    Expensive
    Still not a mature technology
     
  3. dsprimal macrumors 6502a

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  4. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    If you can afford it go with the SSD. But a 512GB SSD is a hell-of-a-lot-of-money!:eek:
     
  5. cube macrumors G5

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    You could also just buy the cheapest and then put in a 500GB hybrid drive.
     
  6. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    I don't think the 512GB is worth it at all. Unless you NEED that much space, go smaller, and I would recommend smaller with an external drive even if you do need a lot of space. $1400 is a lot of money to spend on a drive, that, although beneficial and fast, the only thing that you really get out of it is a faster subjective experience. If you want a good SSD, and I am assuming you have money for even considering basically doubling the price of your computer, go for an Intel. They are faster and I believe more reliable. Personally, I would say a 7200 RPM drive should be fast enough for just about anyone's needs. That said, I still would like to buy myself an SSD if I ever have the extra cash, just because I would like the faster performance, not out of need.
     
  7. mrsir2009 macrumors 604

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    How much storage space will you be needing on this computer?
     
  8. willieb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    reason im willing pay the extra money for ssd is cause im planning on having this mac book pro for as long as its last im looking at it as an investment and wont be buying another laptop for few yrs hopefully.

    from what iv read from ye're posts and on the net i tink ill go with the 512gb ssd.

    thanks for replys
     
  9. AndrewCjDuong macrumors member

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    With some SSD drives. It'll be fast for a bit but after months of use. It won't be as fast. The technology isn't the best right now so I would wait out. 5 months down the road and it'll be cheap and ready.
     
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    That doesn't really have a whole lot to do with shelling out the money for a 512 GB SSD at the current prices. You can always upgrade the hard drive later. If you want to partake in the fruitless exercise of "future proofing" right now you should max out the specs that aren't upgradeable like the processor.
     
  11. ddehr026 macrumors 6502

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    I was also under the impression that osx doesnt support trim yet. would a 512 really be worth it at this point?
     
  12. AttilaTheHun macrumors 6502a

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    same think here
    so at the moment I am thinking to buy the 128GB SSD only $200 extra my IBM thinkpad @ the moment is less then 80GB full.
    and when the prices will drop to make the upgrate.
    put the money into the CPU and the RAM memory.
     
  13. willieb thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ya i tink ill go with cheaper option for now and up grade at later stage


    thanks for ye're help
     
  14. deus ex machina macrumors regular

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    TRIM corrects this problem, however it is a windows program. Perhaps it might work with a windows enabled mac.
     
  15. Demthios macrumors member

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    So would it be smart then to load up windows via bootcamp and then boot to it every now and then, and perhaps let it sit over night??
     
  16. dsprimal macrumors 6502a

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    go ssd if you have the money! its new technology.
     
  17. runebinder macrumors 6502a

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    From what I understand TRIM only works with NTFS, so would have no benefits on the OS X partition if you were to do that.

    My knowledge is a bit sketchy on this so I could be wrong.
     
  18. sn0warmy macrumors 6502a

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    My SSD makes the 10,000RPM drive in my desktop seem sluggish.

    Now that I've switched to SSD, I will never go back.

    Just my $.02.:)
     

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