Boost your Mac's speed with a hybrid drive
Posted 27 October 2010 - 07:39 AM
Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:11 AM
Posted 27 October 2010 - 08:42 AM
I've heard/read from various sources that SD cards aren't great over time when it comes to constant writing to the card. The quality of memory, I understand, used in fairly inexpensive memory cards is inferior to that used in SSDs, and they eventually fail.
Maybe one of the other forum posters or the article author could co-oborate this?
Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:27 AM
Just to clarify: Kirk tested the mini, and I tested the MacBook Pro. So far, I haven't noticed any additional noise or heat with the drive -- hence, no comments about either in my portion of the article.
Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:30 AM
The test was a stock MacBook Pro anti-glare machine (which comes with the 5400rpm drive), not a custom-configured one with a 7200rpm hard drive. However, even with that said, you do not get these kind of performance gains by simply going from 5400rpm to 7200rpm. Sure, some bit of it is the faster drive, but the biggest bit is the solid state storage.
Posted 27 October 2010 - 09:31 AM
Yes and no. The results that Rob and I both see with our drives don't get quantified in the lab tests. Faster startup, faster app launch, these are things that they don't test. So while there is definitely a difference with the RPM of the two drives, that's not the entire answer.
Posted 27 October 2010 - 10:02 AM
I have a 2.1 Version macbook and about a year ago I upgraded (self-install) from a 160 GB 5400 rpm to a 250 GB 7200 rpm drive (third-party drive but - Seagate Momentus 7200.4 ~ $50. While I did notice a a drop in battery life using this drive (about 10%), the speed increase and extra storage made it totally worth the effort and the install was painless. It reminded me of the days when I was still using XP and I bought a WD Raptor drive. Everything became quicker. To this day, I still shun 5400 rpm drives for the dinosaurs they are. I agree, that SSDs or something like it will be the future but until the prices drop out of the stratosphere, cheaper options are necessary for mere mortals.