SSD vs. HDD for college student

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by zsobes, Aug 2, 2011.

  1. zsobes macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2011
    I can't decide whether I should get the 500gb 7200 rpm hdd or the 128 gb ssd. I'm a bit apprehensive about the amount of space on the ssd, but in my old macbook I've only used 96 gb/ 256 gb. Will 128 gb be enough space for college, or am I just better off going the big hdd and possibly upgrading later on?
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    Get both. I'm in college and have 6 Tb worth of data spread over a number of drives i've obtained over the years. SSD is 80 GBs but only for OS files. Think about it; do you really need high speed access to MP3s or large movies on your person all the time? Plop it on an external or leave it at home; better yet store it on 'the cloud'.
  3. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  4. randomrazr macrumors 65816

    Jan 1, 2011
  5. Dwalls90 macrumors 601


    Feb 5, 2009
    If you are really a college student, you're probably on a budget. That said, unless you rely on your laptop for business (which you don't, because you're in college), a mechanical/non-SSD hard drive is fine. While HDD may not compare to SSD in terms of speed, with modern OS like Lion, HDD are very usable and still quite fast IMO. Plus, you are probably going to be more concerned with Gb/$, which you won't get from an SSD.

    You can use optibay if you want for a HDD+SSD, but I would think you're better off just getting the HDD. If you can afford it and REALLY need the SSD, buy it but be prepared to have a large external for your movies and other large media since you won't have space on the SSD, and for TimeMachine backups.
  6. altecXP macrumors 65816

    Aug 3, 2009
    In theory a SSD will be safer. You carry your laptops around a lot and shakes the drive. Sometimes before the laptop has fully gone to sleep and is still writing. An SSD will be safer in a laptop that could be dropped or shaken. That said the failure rate of a HDD today is very low. An SSD would just remove a slim chance of 'death by shake.'

    I personally would go with a rather decently priced 120GB SSD and put the 500GB HDD in a $50 USB case from newegg and leave it at your dorm for storage/time machine.
  7. rockyroad55 macrumors 601


    Jul 14, 2010
    Phila, PA
    It is safer but the cost to GB ratio is too high for a college student. I'm a college student myself but I'm not saying I am broke :) I would suggest getting a 750GB 7200RPM and use the cash I save to get books instead. OR you can use the money to get a nice external monitor too! I carry my laptops a lot and occasionally throw it on my bed or shake it when I am walking. Not a single issue and I am pretty rough on my laptops.

    But, you know what I did OP? I wouldn't suggest it to everybody but if you have the money to spend go for it. I bought a 250GB Intel 510 SSD and it works beautifully. I also went for a 1TB external for backups. Really, you do not need 250GB, but 120GB will be great for you or even smaller like an 80GB. Make sure you get an external though.
  8. seong macrumors 65816


    Feb 11, 2010
    You won't really need a SSD for college, but if you are majoring in comp. science, or any others which require a heavy usage on computers, then I would recommend going for SSDs. Just be careful which SSDs you choose.
  9. cinek macrumors 6502

    Mar 12, 2011
    if you have normal HDDs in your current pc/laptop and you're happy with it, don't get an SSD, if you're unhappy with the performance, get an SSD
  10. aluren macrumors 65816

    Sep 9, 2008
    In your case, especially since you don't need that much space, a 128GB SSD is perfect. Make sure you get an SSD that's SATA III, as it's speed is double that of Apple's. Just go on Youtube and see how fast programs and OSX loads up and you'll want one. In the end, no one ever "needs" an SSD, just like no one ever needs a Porsche...
  11. Derpness macrumors newbie

    Jul 30, 2011
    SSD is prissy ;o so just stick with the HDD for now.

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