SSD vs HDD on a core duo mac mini

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by Zellio, Feb 7, 2014.

  1. Zellio macrumors 65816

    Zellio

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    Just wanted to share this real quick. I recently got a kingston v300 128 gb for an old laptop (it was on sale), and so I replaced my 80 gb hdd 5400 rpm mac mini drive with this 64 gb sad that was in that laptop.

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    Thart is the original hdd, and this is about how fast a usb 2.0 disk will run at... Which I really was not expecting, even for 5400 rpm and sata 2, but whatever..

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    That is after the upgrade. Not a super huge difference, but certainly a good use for an old 64 gb ssd, and this thing also doesn't feel hot anymore!
     
  2. ElectronGuru macrumors 65816

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    Triple and quadruple the speed, sounds huge to me. Well done!
     
  3. blanka macrumors 68000

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    My Scorpio Black 7200rpm one has higher figures than that.
     
  4. windowpain macrumors 6502a

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    The benefit though of the ssd is not only the throughput, which you can see has tripled , but also the seek time which is a few orders of magnitude faster.

    It is this that makes things feel much faster.

    You also have the reduced heat and vibration.

    All in all a very worthwhile upgrade I think.
     
  5. Zellio thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I'm sure it does, that's why I expressed sadness in only having usb 2.0 speeds for the 5400 rpm hdd. That's a bad sign to start with..
     
  6. COrocket macrumors 6502

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    HDD's have been getting faster over time so its not surprising that the original disk was putting out those numbers. I had a 2007 macbook and it was getting around 30 MB/s, whereas a 2012 mini HDD gets around 100 MB/s.

    Your old HDD was probably working correctly, it was just old technology. As someone said earlier the big benefit of SSD's are very low access/seek times
     
  7. Zellio thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Even with ssds, newer hardware with more bandwidth and sata 3 also play a big role in ssd/hdd speed.
     
  8. svedel77 macrumors newbie

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    Great! I got my first SSD 4-5 years ago, and never went back to HDD.
    But the advantadge is not only the fast transferspeeds at 400-500 MB/sec. It's not the least the fast seek-times which is almost nonexisting with the SSD.
     

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