SSD or SSHD to replace internal harddisk

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  1. MrBrownStone'95 macrumors newbie

    MrBrownStone'95

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    Maybe this has been discussed before but I need a specific answer..
    I have a Macbook Pro (early 2011) version.
    The internal HDD seems to be slow in performance and I've been suggested to replace it with a SSD. Did some searching in various forums and sites.
    Thing is I need a better performance for a small cost and I found SSHD(Seagate 1 TB) to be a good bargain in terms of speed and value for money.
    Should I go for a smaller capacity SSD for speed or SSHD for higher storage and lesser speed (albeit better than what I have now)?

    Also I use Logic Pro and Final Cut and do some heavy editing. So, what would be the best value upgrade?
     
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604

    keysofanxiety

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    Pure SSD, especially if you're using creative applications like LPX/FCP.
     
  3. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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    SSD all the way I'm afraid those SSHD's only have a 8gb flash cache no bigger than the amount of ram you probably have which is at least 10x as fast. They really don't give much benefit over a good fast HDD replacement. Opening large vide and music files to work on will be far faster with an SSD.
     
  4. r6mile macrumors 6502

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    Absolutely go for full SSD. 250GB is quite good value these days (Samsung 850 EVO is my recommendation). You could still get keep your current storage by getting rid of the optical drive and putting in your old HDD in its place (using a caddy like the OWC one).
     
  5. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    Most definitely SSD. Those hybrid drives are half measures which won't do much for performance in your case.
     
  6. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    I would put in an SSD and buy a cheap caddy for the optical drive to put in your current hard drive. Turn it into a fusion drive, and you have the best of both worlds.
     
  7. Arran macrumors 68040

    Arran

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    I'm in agreement with the straight SSD crowd. I stuck a SSHD in a new 2012 Mac mini right after I bought it: Didn't make much of a difference.

    OTOH, I put SSDs in several MacBooks with huge effect.

    And the cost of SSDs has tumbled recently. A 960GB is about $250. 500GB can be had for half that price.

    Spend the money and be done with it. No regrets.
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    The choice is an SSD.

    Take the old drive out and put it into an external 2.5" enclosure.

    If you have too much "stuff" on the old HDD, do some "rationalizing". Just keep things you have-to-have on the internal SSD, and leave other stuff "stored externally".

    You -will like- the performance an SSD gives you!
     

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