SSD for Video Compiling (inserted in Optibay)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by daigohgoh, Mar 10, 2011.

  1. daigohgoh macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    Hi, I was wondering if compiling iMovies would be faster in this configuration.

    • Momentus XT (in regular harddrive slot)
    • An inexpensive Kingston SSDNow V Series 128GB (160MB/sec write)(in Optibay)
    • I've already got 8GB of RAM

    Mac OS X, iMovie is in the Momentus XT. iMovie Projects is worked on the Kingston SSD. It'll be like 5 min home video projects, delete, another 5 min project, delete, etc.

    If the SSD is just used for writing videos, I probably won't have the odd problems of SSD sleep issues etc, I just have to worry about life expectancy as all I'm doing is compiling videos and deleting, compiling videos and deleting.

    I'm not concerned about boot times, etc. (I'll just throw in a Momentus XT for good measure, 7200rpm and 4 GB SSD hybrid, I'll be sure to update the latest firmware too). I just want compiling speeds. Some home videos in 2gb can take hours to compile on my regular HDD.

    This is on a MacBook Pro mid 2009 btw...

    Anyone else has this setup?
  2. daigohgoh thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 10, 2011
    Here's a post saying the large files being written at a time (especially for HD videos) will help slow down the drive, especially without TRIM, but still in general faster than a moving part HDD.

    Anyone know if writing large files, reformatting, writing large files again is recommended or even permissible on SSD? Should I then just get a smaller SSD like 60GB? Or maybe a higher quality one like X25 or Vertex 2?

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