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Stibbons
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Icon 1 posted August 31, 2013 17:39      Profile for Stibbons   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
The battery in my much-loved but slowly grinding to a holt MacBook black has finally died. This (and my first real paycheque) seems like as much a good excuse as any to buy a new Mac. Any recommendations? I'm struggling between a spec'd-up MBP, the MBP with retina, or an Air, so anyone who can give some user reviews would be much appreciated!
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Icon 3 posted August 31, 2013 20:56      Profile for Snaggy   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Is there any way you can look at them all? That will be the clincher I think.

You'd see if the retinal is worth it to you, or if you fall in love with the Air's size.

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dragonman97

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Icon 1 posted September 01, 2013 17:41      Profile for dragonman97   Author's Homepage     Send New Private Message       Edit/Delete Post   Reply With Quote 
Methinks my next laptop will be an Air. The lightness seems damned attractive, especially when traveling. The only thing I want to learn more about before choosing it over an MBP is FileVault. I attended a SAN talk a bit ago where a presenter said that nothing on SSD is ever truly deleted, and that doesn't seem terribly fun to me. :/

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GrumpySteen

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dragonman97 wrote:
I attended a SAN talk a bit ago where a presenter said that nothing on SSD is ever truly deleted, and that doesn't seem terribly fun to me. :/

The root cause is wear leveling. You may tell the drive to overwrite a file with random data, but what it will actually do is mark the drive as deleted and then write the random data to whichever portion of the drive has been used the least.

You can completely fill the drive with random data, but you're reducing the life span of the drive by doing so and it takes foreeevvveeerrr.

Most SSDs do have a command called ATA Secure Erase which will erase the drive at the hardware level without overwriting, but the command may or may not be implemented correctly. A quick skim of google search results also suggests that it isn't accessible through Apple's disk utility (but those were forum posts so they may be out of date and/or written by idiots).

Does it seem more terribly fun now?

Probably not, so here's Maru with boxes that are too small to help take your mind off of it.

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Hello! Hello! Hello!

Here is what I found out. My sissy, who makes more money than God and Lucifer combined suffered this question a few months ago. She had a MBP 2.4 dual core with a keyboard that went ka-flooof!

She has this fancy Nikon D800 with gobs and gobs of pixels and she says her top-end Air work lots better than her old 2.4 MBP dual core. Very snappy!

Now want to know how to keep it secure? Want to know the secret for SSDs? Use the Remington 870 protocol! Ta-da!

Boom! There it is!

Have a great day!

Mr. Geek 2U

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