What Hard Drive would you recommend

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I have to replace my hard drive on my macbook pro, early 2011, running OS X 10.9.4 [about 320 GB]and I would like to know what kind of hard drive I should replace it with.

I ususally use it for :

-browsing
-download large files
-emulator games, max 4GB for large games
-adobe suite: I'm learning to use it. As I go through the exercise files and my own projects I will have a lot of audio and visual files to keep
-basically a lot of CPU usage

What should I look for in a hard drive? HDD or SSD? Space or Speed? What other specifications should I look out for?
Are there any negative effects to putting a HD with more space than the mac was originally built with?
 
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i recommend a wd black 1tb to a wd blue 2 tb they work fine with mavericks on any macbook pro
 
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Your Mac's Specs
iMac 27" i5 3.1GHz / 1TB HDD / 16GB RAM / Model 12.2 / Mavericks 10.9
If you have the money, go for SSD. Larger SSD's are expensive, but that pain is once only: the gain is in every time you use your laptop!

Thymen
 

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I agree with member "Thymen". If you can afford a large SSD, that's the way to go. ;)
 
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thank you. i have about 303 BG of files to back up and restore. If i get an SSD, let's say 256GB would it be possible to restore everything or would i have to back up 256GB of essential files with time machine and store the remaining files elsewhere?
It seems i can't own a SSD without having an extra HD to store files and programs that would have been in HDD
 
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