Speed boost using SSD+WD Scorpio black as scratch disk?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by pjny, Mar 18, 2011.

  1. pjny macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010

    It's frustrating using the stock 5400rpm on a mid-2010 MBP 13" with Final Cut Express and Adobe Lightroom. The computer literally grinds to a halt when processing files.

    Do you know if I can get measurable speed bumps with FCP and Lightroom if I combine the SSD+Western Digital Scorpio 7200 rpm drives using one as a scratch drive?

    I saw sale on OCZ Vertex 2 240GB 2.5" Serial ATA 3Gb/s Internal Solid State Drive, model no. OCZSSD2-2VTXE240G, for $379.99 285MB/s maximum read speed and 275MB/s maximum write speed.)

    I'm going to go with either a 120GB OWC drive + 320GB WD Scorpio OR replace stock drive with OCZ Vertex 2 and save on the $75 for the optibay SSD drive cage.

    Please advise. Thanks.
  2. rmitchell248 macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2010
    Liebsthal, Germany
    For me the time is not right with the SSd. I just sent back two OWC drives as they have sleep issues. I do not find it acceptable to have to do hard reboots after the computer sleeps on the timer. I also do not feel that turning off the energy saving preferences Is a proper solution either.

    I would go with 2 Scorpio blacks for now until ssd's get just a bit more refined.

    Don't get me wrong, I had an OWC SSd boot and another OWC ssd with scratch and it was FAST but the freezing issues just made it not worth it unfortunately. I am now on multiple 7200tpm drives while I wait it out.

    The stock 5400 drives in the MBP are a joke. You could write the files by hand before that drive can find them;)
  3. legreve macrumors regular


    Nov 22, 2010
    I myself have volunteered to be a guineapig on the vertex 3 and have ordered that for the main bay (optibay is sata ii....) and a Scorpio for.the optibay. Can't wait to see how it goes :)

    Aren't sleep issues a common problem with ssd in optibay?
  4. kushed macrumors regular

    Mar 13, 2011
    or just buy the apple SSD and everything works fine. the speed of it is still really really fast. i installed office 11 (8 gig file) in under 2 minutes.. maybe even under 1 i cant remember. anyways its plenty fast for me. it supports trim this way and is already in the computer! and mine sleeps like a baby :)
  5. pjny thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Feb 18, 2010
    Apple should be ashamed installing 5400 rpm drives on the Macbook pro. I was not expecting such tepid performance.

    How's the performance boost with 2 7200rpm drives? I might just get the Overpriced OWC DVD drive replacement kid and install two spare 7200 rpm drives.


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