Thinking of buying a SSD, capacity issue...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Some Guy 555, Jun 23, 2009.

  1. Some Guy 555 macrumors regular

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    As mentioned in the title I have enough funds to get a high end SSD. I have a decision between two such drives:

    Intel x25-M 160Gb
    or
    Intel x25-E Extreme 64Gb

    I have no problems with the M version except that its MLC (multi-level cell) which wears 10 times faster than SLC drives.

    I really want to get the 64gb E version except I am wondering this: After I install OSX on it, how much space will I have to work with? If its over 50GB then I'm sold.

    I have no problem using external storage (because I have literally near-infinite supply of flash drives) :).

    Anyone have experience with either of these drives or an intel ssd of any version?

    Thanks!
     
  2. HLdan macrumors 603

    HLdan

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    OS X takes about 7-10GB. More like 10-12 with the full iLife Suite.
     
  3. Thiol macrumors 6502a

    Thiol

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    By the time you wear a MLC drive, it will be so outdated that you won't be using it anymore. I wouldn't worry about that in the least.
     
  4. nuckinfutz macrumors 603

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    Intel rates the MTBF of their SSD:


    X-25-E - 2 million hours
    X-25-M - 1.2 Million hours

    For home use go with the 160GB unless you're in need of outstanding write speeds.
     

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