Video SSD vs. HDD

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by matpop, Mar 16, 2008.

  1. matpop macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    Hi , I found this video on YouTube about MacBook Air: it's the startup with SSD vs. HDD.
    I thought that the difference between the two units was not so big but viewing this video I changed my mind and I think I will buy the 1.8/SSD.

  2. miniConvert macrumors 68040


    Mar 4, 2006
    Kent, UK - the 'Garden of England'.
    Url didn't work when I tried it, youtube said the ID is malformed.
  3. matpop thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    Sorry! Now it works. :p
  4. MacNutty macrumors newbie

    Jan 31, 2008
    Who cares?

    I don't see why anyone would care how fast the machine starts up. Are people just rebooting their Air's all day? Your not going to see a huge difference in the 1.6 or 1.8 or SSD or HDD.
  5. izibo macrumors 6502

    Oct 6, 2004
    Agreed... and I also know how quickly apps launch on the SSD vs the HDD, but in reality: I use about 6 applications regularly. Firefox, Mail, iCal, Word, Excel, and Powerpoint.

    After first launch, they all go to RAM and launch the same speed (SSD and HDD). I also sleep my machine, so I rarely have to "first launch" an application.

    Would I rather have an SSD if money was no object? Maybe, but the SSD in the current MBA is actually pretty darn slow relative to other SSDs that are on the market. I would rather wait six months and get an equal or larger sized higher performance unit for half the price.
  6. matpop thread starter macrumors newbie

    Mar 16, 2008
    It's not only rebooting, but I think that it's more responsive in all the tasks!
  7. Mactagonist macrumors 65816

    Feb 5, 2008
    NYC - Manhattan
    Read post #5 again. Once you have launched the task once and it is stored in RAM the difference is negligable.
  8. albert1028 macrumors 6502

    Jun 29, 2007
    This is probably a realstic thing to question is...i bought the SSD, but is data really safer with the SSD compared to the HDD? If it is, than $1000 is worth it for important information, don't you think. Think about the hours you could waste (salary wise) trying to rebuild the information one last if there is a real advantage between SSD and HDD.
  9. GenFranco macrumors newbie

    Mar 12, 2008

    My plan the entire time was to by the cheap MBA now (which I did), wait a year or so for prices to drop and sizes to go up, then perform an internal mod, and but in my own 8mm SSD and new battery.. ideally a 128 to 160 SSD...

    Last part of plan was to laugh at those who paid 1000 more for a 64MB SSD with 40Gigs free space.. jk

    anyone else have similar ideas??
  10. bcaslis macrumors 68020

    Mar 11, 2008
    How about launching Photoshop (or any app) in one bounce? How about reading files or a database 10x faster than a 7200rpm drive? That's where you see the speed. An MBA with SSD "feels" more responsive than even the fastest MBP. The MBP will win once you start using things that require CPU or write lots of data to disk, but you can't beat the responsiveness of the SSD.

    Also not worrying about a HD failure is nice. I had a desktop HD recently fail wiping out lots of data. HDs do fail.
  11. cohibadad macrumors 6502a


    Jul 21, 2007
  12. Squelch macrumors member

    Sep 14, 2007
    TLH, FL
    I boot my Air up about once every two weeks. And waiting an extra thirty seconds or so, well, over the course of two or three years might make a difference of, let's see, a half hour or so.

    So, a half hour of my time versus $1000. Hmm... :rolleyes:
  13. jont1967 macrumors newbie

    Jul 5, 2007
    I bought the SSD for 3 principal reasons;

    1. I don't particularly like to compromise ...

    2. When I do compromise I tend to take a lot of time trying to justify the compromise, when in fact ...

    3. I actually regret not paying for the thing I really wanted in the first place.

    SSD is seriously quick for everyday tasks, it's not just about boot up times. I am really pleased with my purchase and am not sure why people are trying to justify the HDD vs the SSD, surely it is a personal decision.
  14. aristobrat macrumors G5

    Oct 14, 2005
    Have you seen the Apple Insider videos comparing the SSD to the HD?

    They show (1) the difference in booting between the two (SSD wins),
    (2) how long it takes each to open 17 applications the first time (SSD wins),
    and (3) how long it takes each to open 17 applications the second time (virtual tie).

    I was sold on getting the SSD before I saw (3) above. Now after seeing that video, playing with the two models in the store, and reading what people who've owned both say (like CyberGypsy), I'm 90% sure I won't be getting the SSD.
  15. Alkiera macrumors regular

    Mar 11, 2008
    Has anyone looked into temp issues with the two models? I have a 1.6/80gb model, and have many fewer temperature-related issues than others, many of whom have SSD models. I'm not sure if this is due to the faster CPU, or the SSD, or just variance in build quality.

    I've been trying to get people to be more specific when they mention heat issues as to which model they have.

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