crooner

Best Hybrid 2.5" drive - 7200RPM?

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Hello, All.

I have a 17" MacBook Pro (early 2011) and am currently running a Seagate 750GB Momentus XT. I am running low on space and am late to the upgrade party as far as MacOS Sierra is concerned (I'm a pro musician and am still running Mac OS 10.8.5). I'd love to throw a 2TB SSD in there, but can't afford it (not to mention the concept of adding a very expense drive to a machine that Apple will no longer support at all on January 1st). Therefore, I'm trying to find the best Hybrid solution, hopefully 2TB, but I could go with 1TB , based on performance. 

The things I'm looking for most is a Hybrid drive that runs at 7200 RPM. I'm having trouble finding such an animal, so I'm hoping you folks might be of help. Does anyone know of one? Seagate offers only 5400 Hybrids. Can anyone help me out with some suggestions? Much appreciated!

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Toshiba has some SSHD's too, but I think they're also 5400rpm. You're probably SOL unless you want an old model like the Momentus XT, and given the areal density improvements in newer drives, a newer 5400rpm drive is almost certainly faster than an older 7200rpm drive with lower areal density.

Toshiba product page for Toshiba's SSHD's:

http://toshiba.semicon-storage.com/us/product/storage-products/client-sshd/mq02abxxxxh.html

 

SR benchmarks of an old (circa 2013) Seagate Momentus Thin vs. the even older Momentus XT... note in actual application traces, the Momentus Thin is faster... the newest one is the Seagate FireCuda, but I'm not seeing any reviews yet...

http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_sshd_thin_review_gen3_500gb_st500lm000

The current (circa 2015) Seagate Laptop SSHD 1TB smokes the 750GB one in desktop benchmarks, but I think it's now technically one generation behind the Seagate FireCuda 2.5" line.

http://www.storagereview.com/seagate_laptop_sshd_1tb_review

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Thanks for the info! Very helpful. I'll take a look at the Toshibas and the latest Seagate offerings. 

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On 12/20/2016 at 3:25 PM, crooner said:

I have a 17" MacBook Pro (early 2011) ... (not to mention the concept of adding a very expense drive to a machine that Apple will no longer support at all on January 1st).

Apple waits until they're 7 years old - product support laws in California. You're supported until early 2018. Even then, later OSes won't deliberately break. Apple just won't test them on your machine before release.

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