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    Jun 23, 2010
    Question MacBook Pro - SSD Boot Time and Performance
    Hey guys, I don't know all that much about Solid State Drives, (will reference as SSD) but I've heard that read speeds are far faster than HDDs. (although write speeds are not that great?)

    I was wondering, if I do decided to spend the extra AUD$240 to get a 128GB SSD in my new MacBook Pro im buying soon, will things like boot time and reading from the drive be faster than say if I used a 500GB HDD @ 7200rpm?
    Also, what is the expected life for a 128GB SSD for someone who listens to a fair amount of music daily, watches a decent amount of videos, and does some light photo editing (Photoshop)?

    Thank you so much guys,


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    Apr 02, 2007
    Merriam, KS
    15" MBP Core Duo 2.0GHz 1.5GB, 20" iMac C2D 2.4GHz 4GB, PowerPC G4 500MHz 512MB
    My opinion is that for your uses, a SSD is not worth the extra money (unless you have a row of money trees out back). Music won't play faster, video won't play faster, and light photoshop is not going to tax a 7200rpm HDD. Sure you might get faster OS startup and apps will open a tiny bit faster, but is going from a 20 second boot time to 15 seconds worth the cash? OSX already starts up really, really fast.

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    Jul 24, 2008
    MBP 2.3 Ghz 4GB RAM 860 GB SSD, iMac 3.4 GHz Intel Core i7 32GB RAM, Fusion Drive 1TB
    I totally agree with RONE on this. 500GB is a lot of storage space.

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