Apple 15-inch MacBook Pro 2.8GHz: Hard Drive Vs Solid State Drive Shootout

Submitted by lalit on October 28, 2008 - 7:15am.

Bare Feats have tested the 7200 RPM 320GB hard drive (HDD) against 128GB solid state drive (SSD) on the new 15-inch MacBook Pro with 2.8GHz Core 2 Duo processor. The MacBook Pro came with a Hitachi Travelstar 7K320 HDD and they used an OCZ Core Series 128GB SSD for comparison. For test setup they used a FireWire 800 external drive to boot from and tested identically empty HDD against the empty SSD. They measured maximum speed when empty as well as simulate a full drive with help of DiskTester 2.
Bare Feats’ concluded from the tests that SSD is great for fast booting, waking, and launching but provides no improvement over a fast HDD for saving small random data or capturing large data blocks. SSD also maintained its transfer speed no matter how full the drive might be. The hard drive got significantly slower as the drive fills up.
The test done by Bare Feats definitely shows that SSD has some performance advantages over HDD. But, are the performance advantages worth four times the cost and one-third storage space?