SSD, Should I Get One? Do I Need One?

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  1. KidZgOtMac macrumors regular

    KidZgOtMac

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    Hence the questions above, I have a 750 HDD + a portable 1 TB drive from Western Digital. I'm into digital DJing so I will be constantly downloading and storing music. I had a Windows 7 partition but had to erase it since I was sold fake software and had to return it. I will thus create another one when my new install disc arrives. I will also be doing a lot of work with Adobe Creative Suite programs like Photoshop, InDesign, Dreamweaver and After Effects. So could I really benefit much from getting an SSD or is it just a fancy premium? If I should get one, how much GB? Can I go with a cheap SSD? like say this: http://www.newegg.com/Product/Produ...227738&cm_sp=Cat_SSD-_-Spotlight-_-20-227-738
    What type of SATA bay should I buy and can I just buy any like this one: http://www.ebay.com/itm/2nd-SATA-HD...e_Internal&hash=item43a873a895#ht_2167wt_1398
     
  2. alust2013 macrumors 601

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    Personally, I wouldn't touch one that has less than a 4 star review. From your use, you may find a bit of benefit, but not a whole lot outside of boot and load times. Plus, being a DJ, SSDs are pretty skimpy on the storage space, and they won't help you download anything faster. They definitely are a cool thing to have, but I certainly wouldn't say you need one.
     
  3. KidZgOtMac thread starter macrumors regular

    KidZgOtMac

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    You couldn't have said it any better.
     
  4. 2hvy4grvty macrumors 6502

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    No one needs an SSD, just like no one needs a quad core, just like no one needs to upgrade anything ever (provided it's working and meeting minimum requirements). It's always been a want, and how close that want is to how much you're willing to spend.

    That said, if you're not really to shell out for at least a 120GB+ SSD, or at the VERY LEAST a quality 64 GB SSD, then forget it.
     
  5. halfwinter macrumors newbie

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    System files on SSD in an Optibay

    I didn't want to drop the crazy cash for a reasonably sized SSD, so I just got a 128gb SSD and dropped it in an optibay (http://www.mcetech.com/optibay). I installed lion on the SSD, and moved the home directory to my HHD. Works great. Now all my application processes go thru the SSD, and I have the storage of my HDD at a fraction of the price. I wouldn't be surprised if the next gen MacBooks employ some version of this architecture from the factory.
     
  6. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

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    Any hold-up with the SSD booting from the Optibay?
     
  7. realchimera macrumors regular

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    If you have a new LV bag, do you still need a Hermes bag? Maybe yes, maybe not... it's all up to you
     
  8. AppleGoat macrumors 6502a

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    In the context of this argument, for many it depends on if they could carry as much in the (presumably more expensive) Hermes bag as the LV bag.
     

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