Solid State Drives & Processing Power

A couple more questions re purchasing the MacBook Pro (non-retina):
first - is the ssd option the most reliable? I can get a TB of storage on a 5400rpm hard drive for $50 or it would cost $650 of 512GB on a solid-state. I don't need any huge amount of storage but I am after reliability - opinions? experiences?

Second - I'll be doing mostly writing, some music composing, a bit on iPhoto and iTunes - and internet, of course - but little, if any movies, streaming, design work, etc. This model comes with a 2.5GH dual-core IntelCore i5 - or 2.9 GH .... - is the processing difference significant?
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Re: reliabiliy and processor power

1. I'd consider an SSD as more reliable than a HDD. But not so reliable of course, that you can forget to backup. Backup is essential always. But it's must faster, and that's why some prefer it.
2. The slower CPU is certainly fast enough for what you do with you Macbook.


Post was last edited on October 1, 2015 2:05 PM PDT

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The Cost - and Benefit

Thanks - I appreciate the reply.
Not knowing the technology involved, it seems incredible to me that 512GB on an SSD would cost so much, since the Macbook itself comes with 500GB on the HDD. The other SSDs offered are 128GB for $150 and 286GB for $350. I could only justify (to myself) that the of GB on the SSDs was made up for by the reliability of the SSDs. And then, there's the fact that I really have no good idea of how much storage I need, or will need. Comment?

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Where are you?
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At Apple

Yes, those prices are off the Apple site - I should have checked elsewhere but got pulled in and over-involved in what I didn't truly understand - thanks for the wakeup poke. i also didn't realize that any SSD would be a plug-in - guess I thought/hoped "customized" meant "built for me".

Looking at usage between my old Macbook and older PC, I can't see using up a USB for a drive I will so likely never get near, so I'm leaning toward the 500GB that comes with this Macbook - maybe go for the 1TB just for the hell of it.

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Research if the drive is replaceable.

Some models allow it, others do not.

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Will do - Thanks --

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