SSD Drives; Coping with small amount of storage

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by KettyKrueger, Jul 10, 2009.

  1. KettyKrueger macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2007
    Hi All,

    I'm considering buying a SSD for my MBP.

    I've just been looking on and stumbled across the Corsair 64GB . It's only 64GB but I think this would be enough for the OS and applications.

    Which leaves me wondering, if I use this drive for the OS side of things, would my iTunes library be okay on an external FW800 drive? I'm assuming it wouldn't cause any lags as iTunes would still load instantly and my music plays instantly as it is (on this stock 320GB SATA drive).

    I only have a couple of iMovie projects that I could probably fit on the SSD drive too.

    I really would like the 256GB version but as over £500, I really can't justify the expense!!

    Thoughts and comments welcome.

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    If you can wait... the prices will fall
    Like any technology, you pay a heavy price to be on the cutting edge

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. KettyKrueger thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2007
    Yeah, I kinda don't want to wait though!

    It's fairly inexpensive compared to the high-end SSD.
  4. MikeDTyke macrumors 6502a

    Sep 7, 2005
    If the expense is too much i'd wait until the larger capacities drop.

    64GB is barely enough, you'll fill that in no time unless the drive is a pure boot and application volume.

    I reckon before the end of the year, you'll see 120GB around that price, maybe 150quid. Also i'd be very careful about what model you buy, particularly the controller chip onboard. I believe the corsair's use older MLC style controllers which are prone to stuttering. Happy to be proven wrong. But from what i've read, the 2 to look at are either Intel or OCZ vertex II's SSDs.

    Obviously the Intel's cost a packet, but they are due a refresh soon, so i'd keep an eye out.

    Best of luck, but i'd hold out until the end of the year. BTW i have a 64GB vertex II in my macpro, but it's a boot and app drive only and i have a raid 0 array of 3 HD's for my homedir. It's currently half full, just with leopard, 2 office suites, Photoshop CS and 1 game (Unreal tournament 2003).

  5. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Mhmm. I think it's best to stick with a large HDD for now on a main machine. They're a lot better than they used to be, and good money, too. I put a 500GB WD Blue in my Mac mini and it's fab.

    I don't keep libraries or anything big really on my laptops, so SSD is just fine.
  6. OrangeSVTguy macrumors 601


    Sep 16, 2007
    Northeastern Ohio
    If you don't use your optical drive much, why not replace it with your stock drive and keep your home folder on your 320gb and use the SSD for your OS and apps?
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    I wouldn't even consider video editing if you are only planning on getting a 64gb SSD. A good rule of thumb is every 5 minutes is ~1gb of space. Given OS X + iLife takes up around 15 gigs along, that only leaves you with 50 gigs for everything else.
  8. p3ncil macrumors regular

    Jul 6, 2009
    Coping with small amount of ssd space...

    - Skip printer driver downloads.
    - Do not store mp3/music/photos on your ssd. Keep your itunes/iphoto library on a NAS or external HDD
    - Carry a thumbdrive with you to save large documents.
    - Or get opibay, bear in mind about battery life.

    And that's about it.
  9. bbadalucco macrumors 6502

    Jan 4, 2009
    I have a 64gb in my MBP...I use it for the OS, Pictures and Applications. I disabled the sleep image as I have a time capsule and have 40.41 gb left. Prior to disabling the sleep image I had around 33.5 gb left. You should be fine. I have a server at home which I store the majority of my media on.

    For times you want to travel, you can buy a expresscard ssd for movies/music.

    If you are cool with storing media on an external drive, go for it.
  10. KettyKrueger thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Feb 17, 2007
    Thanks for the replies.

    I was thinking of going for the WD Scorpio Blue 500GB which is £65 but then noticed the Corsair 64GB for £133 but I understand that not all SSDs are the same!!

    Please enlighten me, are the older style SSDs prone to lags when they get fuller? I think I heard that somewhere. Something about them having difficulty re-writing over deleted data, or something?!?

    Thanks again for the replies, I might just hold out for a while.
  11. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I have the x25m (80 gb) and been running this installation for about 5 months and have six gigs left. This includes

    15 GB space consumed by Fusion + W7 RC
    OS X
    CS4 Master Collection
    PS Lightroom 2
    Some other apps
    some recorded tv shows (hd)
    a small amount of music

    I get by pretty good. I should be back up over 10 Gb if I clear out all my music. It works well, but its apt to get out of hand really quickly. I store all my documents on an expresscard ssd (for security reasons) and all of my media should be stored on my external drive, except when I get some new music or record a show, I don't always have my drive plugged in (and it defaults the the OS drive).

    Come to think of it, I still have some apps that I just don't use and can get rid of. Still, i've never really had an issue with my media being unavailable (because I don't need all of it while i'm on the go, and even then I have my iphone), so its important for me to have a lean OS drive/install. Things just work better that way (and backups/restores are quicker too)
  12. HLdan macrumors 603


    Aug 22, 2007
    Ha, I disagree. HDD's are not nearly as good as they used to be. All my old Macs have had zero issues with their HDD's. My new 24" iMac's 500GB HDD died after 8 months. More and more we read about someone's HDD failing after a short time. That's why you get an HDD with very large capacity for so cheap, they aren't made as good as they used to be. That's another reason why SSD's are getting more popular, there's no moving parts to go wrong.
  13. pr33tz macrumors member

    Nov 14, 2008
    London, UK
    Novatech have a 64GB Samsung SSD for around £100 which I believe was used in the early MBA. They seem to perform quite well, thinking about dropping one in mine.

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