The reason I sold my SSD - Seagate Hybrid Drive (Video inside)

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Philflow, Jul 15, 2011.

  1. Philflow, Jul 15, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 15, 2011

    Philflow macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    I was choosing between Crucial M4 256GB and Seagate XT 500GB.

    Crucial M4 is about 4 times as expensive, while offering about half the capacity.
    Or in cents per GB:
    Crucial M4: 136 cents per GB
    Seagate XT: 18 cents per GB

    Now here's how the Seagate XT performs in real life inside my MBP 2011:

    If you watch the video you'll see my usage and why the XT performs nearly the same as an SSD. This is the reason I choose the Seagate XT. I am aware that the SSD has some other advantages (better shockproof, longer battery life) but the large premium over the XT isn't worth it in my opinion.
  2. Eddyisgreat macrumors 601

    Oct 24, 2007
    I'm not sure if I understand correctly but I think you just compared a SATA III SSD to a to a mechanical HDD.

    Different class of products, really. The Seagate XT, as good as it is, is at the end of the day a hard drive with a big cache that you have no control over.
  3. Philflow thread starter macrumors 65816

    May 7, 2008
    I know. If you check the video you'll see that for my usage the XT performs the same as an SSD.
  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Different strokes for different folks.

    I don't need gobs of storage on my laptop (getting a NAS for that ;) ) and so an SSD is a better fit. I like the idea that it has no mechanical moving parts and its much much quicker with the SSD installed :)

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