Solid State Hybrid HD

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ifeelgood, Mar 17, 2011.

  1. ifeelgood macrumors newbie

    ifeelgood

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    Hi all! I'm going to get MBP pro 13" 2011 i5 and planing to immediately upgrade its hard drive. Unfortunately can't afford an SSD drive, so I had to think of solving the hd problem another way.
    And it seems that the solution is in buying ss hybrid hd, for ex http://www.seagate.com/www/en-us/products/internal-storage/momentus-xt-kit/ (the video with the testing is a must-see!)

    according to the official Seagate site they have:

    80% faster performance than traditional 7200 RPM drives
    Boots within seconds of a standard laptop using SSD
    OS- and application-independent
    Whisper-quiet acoustics with Seagate® QuietStep™ technology

    What do you think, is it really worth buying this thing? They seem to be pretty quiet and speedy & the price is really nice! :)
     
  2. Transeau macrumors 6502a

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    I got rid of mine.. Honestly, it was loud. Sounded like a fan running all the time.
     
  3. nfl46 macrumors 603

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  4. RKpro macrumors 6502

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    They are not consistently 80% faster, that is probably best case scenario. And they still have moving parts inside, so they still make noise and vibrate. I would wait and save up for a proper SSD.

    But, if you really need 500GB of storage, then I don't see why not.
    500GB SSDs won't be $150 anytime in the near future.
     
  5. davids8477 macrumors 6502

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    I've had one in my MBP for about a month a love it.

    No sound, fast file access and pretty good boot times - 50-60 seconds.

    Just be sure to upgrade it to the latest firmware - V24 right now.
     
  6. emfsfo macrumors newbie

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    I upgraded my 2008 MBP 15 with the the seagate hybrid. I was totally blown away by how much faster it booted and launched apps. At that price point, I think it's the best bang for your buck. I really didn't notice much of a difference in the sound or vibration from the stock drive it replaced.

    I always see mixed reviews on this particular model though; maybe I got a good one? Just make sure you update the HD's firmware.
     
  7. Biff... macrumors 6502a

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    I had it in my mbp for a week and got rid of it. Like the post above said, it sounded like a fan that was on all the time. I'm currently running the Hitachi Travelstar, its quiter and has similar boot times but at half the price.
     
  8. nfl46 macrumors 603

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  9. emfsfo macrumors newbie

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  10. nfl46 macrumors 603

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    I'm going to pick up one in a short while and test it out. I looked at A LOT of videos on youtube comparing it to 5400 rpm and the XT was faster. I just got my 2011 13", so we'll see how this turns out...
     
  11. Prodo123 macrumors 68020

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    I have one myself and it's not that loud. I got mine from Amazon during Christmas, dirt cheap :p
    Seriously, my fan's louder than the drive; if anything sounds like a fan, it's THE FAN.
     

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