SSD Drive = WOW!!!!

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by GotPro, Mar 25, 2008.

  1. GotPro macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2007
    Ok... so at work today I had to prepare a new MacBook Air for one of the professors of Biology.

    It had the SSD drive.

    You know how when you boot, and at the grey screen with the Apple Logo and the little rotating "wheel".... on my Mac Pro 2.8 it takes about 6-8 revolutions to get through the boot process.

    On this laptop... with only a 1.8Ghz CPU and 2 Gigs of Ram... it blasted through it in about 2 1/2 revolutions.

    Got me thinking.... about... a...

    6xSATA 128GB SSD Drive RAID 0 Configuration: 768 Gigabytes... on a RAID 0 STRIPE... can you IMAGINE how INSANELY FAST THAT WOULD BE?

    I've seen the benchmarks, I've read the reviews... let me tell you guys something... until you've played with one in person... it just doesn't do it justice.

    This slow, underclocked, POS laptop loads the OS in about 1/2 the time my Mac Pro does... and boots most apps as fast if not faster!!!!!


    I sure hope the price of these SSD drives come down :D
  2. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus


    Jan 9, 2004
    Grand Rapids, MI, USA
    You'll probably be able to buy options like the Sandisk Vaulter within the year... you could for instance purchase an SSD and just install OS X itself on it, or set it up so that it's in a spanning system with a magnetic HD but gets filled first... it should provide you some of the snappy you seem to desire. :)
  3. TheThirdMan macrumors regular


    Nov 14, 2007
    London, UK
    I did it for the LULZ

    Had a MBA for a couple of days, was quick to load, but too slow for my liking on most other apps.
  4. Tracer macrumors 6502

    Jun 20, 2007
    SSDs are more for laptops.

    Let's face it, I hardly ever did anything other than sleep my Power Mac. I really only rebooted it for system updates.

    SSDs save some power and are more shock resistant, but can't compare when it comes to big data transfers.

  5. GotPro thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2007
    Really? What hard drive did you go with? My boot times with my stock 320GB WD were 45ish... and I shaved 12-15 seconds off when I replaced it with the Hitachi 1TB!
  6. GotPro thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jan 29, 2007

    I think what I see in the REAL WORLD in the next 24 months is maybe a couple 64GB or 128GB drives in RAID 0 just for Booting... and say another OPTIONAL 64GB drive (if you want to be INSANE) for moving the SWAP FILE to... then 1 to 2TB drives for all your data, etc.
  7. TheThirdMan macrumors regular


    Nov 14, 2007
    London, UK
    Ignore everything i said, it was BS.

    Boot times for hard drives:


    Hard Drive Boot Times Comparison

    I guess it's pretty variable though- 750gb drives seem to be best...
  8. Luis macrumors 65816


    Jul 19, 2006
    Costa Rica
    I hardly ever did anything than sleep my MBP. Applies the same way.

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