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Old 12-07-2012, 04:03 PM
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Spinning platters are more sensitive to knocking and temperature. Give a HDD a good smack while running and you''re fairly likely to damage it, not the case for an SSD.
Not sure if the MBA has a G-sensor on the HDD either, if it doesn't, if you drop the laptop while it's running, you're likely to screw up the HDD.

Of course, you'll probably break something else, but anyway...
On paper yes but hard disks have had 30 years of engineering experience gone into them. SSD's are still way more prone to failure than hard disks.
I can't remember the last time I had a hard disk fail on me, I've had 3 SSD's fail on me in the last year and have heard countless reports of others seeing the same.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:21 PM
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HDD failed in my ipod.
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Old 12-07-2012, 04:31 PM
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yes if you can get someone from a university (incidentally though if you call Apple and say you are in a further education college, they do not ask for proof), the extended warranty is only 50 euro or so. not to mention the 15 percent discount that you get anyway.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:10 PM
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On paper yes but hard disks have had 30 years of engineering experience gone into them. SSD's are still way more prone to failure than hard disks.
I can't remember the last time I had a hard disk fail on me, I've had 3 SSD's fail on me in the last year and have heard countless reports of others seeing the same.
SSD is an old tech with a new application. Personally, I've a decade of experience with NAND flash, so it's not exactly new...

Was involved in one of the only phones to have a HDD:


The amount of work necessary to get that little bastard in there was pronominal. By the end, we managed to get it to survive a 2M fall onto concrete, a standard test for phones.

On the other hand, the equivalent HDD on an iPod would only survive an average of 30cm fall.
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HDD failed in my ipod.
And mine too.
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Old 12-07-2012, 05:53 PM
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Tell me what does all the below mean, and is there a need to upgrade? (this on a MacBook Pro)


  • 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
  • 750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm [+ £80.00]
  • 128GB Solid State Drive [+ £160.00]
  • 256GB Solid State Drive [+ £400.00]
  • 512GB Solid State Drive [+ £800.00]
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:11 PM
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Tell me what does all the below mean, and is there a need to upgrade? (this on a MacBook Pro)


  • 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm
  • 750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 rpm [+ £80.00]
  • 128GB Solid State Drive [+ £160.00]
  • 256GB Solid State Drive [+ £400.00]
  • 512GB Solid State Drive [+ £800.00]
Go for the Pro with the old fashioned harddisk. The smallest one will do you - unless you want ot be ripping hundreds of DVDs or something.

Herself has one - great machine.

Phenomenal battery - 12 HOURS.

TWELVE HOURS.

There is also a MS Office pack for MAC.

There is a "Apple is for only cool people", premium though.

Recovering data (especially when encrypted) from an SSD is much harder than a rotating disk - and make sure you use the Time Machine to back up data once a week.

There is some very good SW on Apple machines.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:17 PM
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Time Machine?

Is that a backup drive?
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:24 PM
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A piece of SW that fully automates all backups.

You can restore the machine to any given date in the past.

Awesome.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:27 PM
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Huh.
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Old 12-07-2012, 06:30 PM
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So I'm set on buying a MacAir (consensus is I don't need a Pro).

But I'm shopping through and looking at specs, and being a technophobe, I'm not sure what I need.

For instance, I've chosen 256GB flash storage over 128, but I really don't need 512, right?

On the processor, it offers an upgrade from:
1.8GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i5, Turbo Boost up to 2.8GHz
to
2.0GHz Intel Dual-Core Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.2GHz

But i'll only be using it for regular work applications (equiv to MS office), internet, movies etc. so 1.8 GHz should be fine for me I assume?

Please reassure me!


On protection, it's £199 for 3 year protection and warranty, including global parts and labour coverage.
Is this worth it?
Or is there something else you'd recommend?

Lastly, they're offering all sorts of additional bits and accessories.
I'm assuming the only one I should think about is the SuperDrive. But is there anything else that people think you really must buy with it?
Is there any reason why it has to be a Mac?
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