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    Question about SSD for Macbook Pro...

    Hello, I have a 2012 Macbook Pro 13' with a 750gb 5400RPM HDD (non-retina). I am thinking about purchasing a SSD for it, but have a couple of questions. 1.) Does anyone know if this Mac is SATA III compatible, or if it's worth purchasing a SSD if it's only SATA II compatible? 2.) Any recommendations for a SSD thats very fast, and in the range of 200-500gb? 3.) How do I actually replace the drive, while transferring my current data from my current HDD? I've heard everything from involving the optical drive somehow (?), to needing a tray of some sort or a holding thing for the HDD. As you can tell, I'm not a computer person and any help would be greatly appreciated.
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    What are you using it for that requires it to be very fast? I use samsung 840 pro series SSD's for recording.

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    Quote Originally Posted by KNaB View Post
    What are you using it for that requires it to be very fast? I use samsung 840 pro series SSD's for recording.
    To be honest? I could live with the current speed of the HDD. But, SSD's are the way of the future, plus I like the fact that there are no moving parts to wear out or bump around and lose data. The speed is just a plus.
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    If you don't really think you need it now, waiting is not a bad idea - prices keep coming down and performance (and longevity) are going up.

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    What exactly is a SSD?

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    Solid State Drive Basically, flash memory rather than physical spinning platters, so typically much faster, but more expensive and potentially shorter service life, although you would likely never see any issues in ordinary home use (as opposed to enterprise server use).

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    Ahhh i see thanks.

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    Quote Originally Posted by JNewell View Post
    If you don't really think you need it now, waiting is not a bad idea - prices keep coming down and performance (and longevity) are going up.
    Huh, you have a good point there.
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    Should have mentioned cost...right now, you can buy a 4TB Hitachi Deskstar (very quick, very reliable) HD for $190. A Samsung 840 EVO 1TB SSD will set you back $500. So, that's .25x of the storage for 2.5x of the price.

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    Thumbs up Flash Storage rules

    Hi Mr. Strong-Dog!


    If you check the new models coming out from Apple: MacBook Pro, MacBook Air, Mac Pro, and iPad, all of them are coming with Flash Storage.

    I clearly see a tendency there.
    Stay Sharp!

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    LC Kid, the iPads have always had flash storage. The MacBook Air uses a SSD to keep it light and thin. The Mac Pro models have SSDs because their core buyers (graphic artists, video editors, and the like) can actually take advantage of the increased read / write speeds offered by SSDs. For everyone else it's a premium feature that looks cool on the spec sheet.

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    They make things like start-ups very quick. The price you pay, especially for large hard drives, is insane though.

    If money was no object there are little downfalls. Since it usually is, you can spend that money better elsewhere (unless you want to give up capacity). Large cheap drives and constantly upgrading stuff like graphics cards and the like.
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    I remember when the price of an SSD was about $30 a gig. I also remember when the first 1 gig flashdrives came out- they were close to $1000 dollars.

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    sorry, wrong thread
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    We'll file that under "cutting edge technology."

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