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Hello, I am running a fairly old macbook pro- 2.4ghz pre unibody, topped out at 4gb RAM I push it to it's limit doing 3d rendering, a little bit of video editing, and a lot of high rez retouching and compositing (tiff's reaching 5gb) The laptop is struggling, and it is effecting my productivity (meaning I get plenty of time to put my feet up and relax)- I'm hoping to get a full time job in this where a mac pro will be provided, but to tide me over i'm looking to upgrade my laptop. I'd get an imac if it wasn't for the glossy screen, and i'd be tempted by a quad core mac mini server (assuming you can run standard leopard on it?) and hook it up to my pro-grade IPS monitor, a mac pro is out of budget, and a new laptop is an option, but not for a while. So my thoughts are to upgrade the HDD in my laptop, i'm currently running a 500gb momentus xt hybrid and it was a serious improvement over my old 5400rpm drive. I was contemplating getting another momentus and running them as raid 0- or getting a 120gb OWC SSD and running the OS and programs on that- I backup regularly so I'm not bothered about the potential failing (and i'm convinced that back-up drives are just a clever marketing ploy to get people to buy 2 hard drives) In an idea world i'd like to be able to migrate all my settings over to the new drive, as i've got templates, presets, fonts and stuff and would need to get back to work with minimal downtime. I also have an E-sata card, and an e-sata enclosure in 2.5" and 3.5"- I could have an external drive as scratch space, but I don't really know if this would be very useful. My issue with e-sata (other than it keeps crashing) is that it's still requires the drive to be plugged into usb for power- other than upgrading the laptop, or using firewire drives, is there any single cable solution for a fast external drive- I presume adding a usb 3 card wouldn't work for my laptop? thanks Mr James
clark369 replied to edub2020's topic in Apple Computers and Hardwareit's maybe a little trite- but when you're working in a field which is the manifestation of aesthetics, then working on something pretty really does help you enjoy what you do. You would be dubious about getting a haircut from someone with **** hair, so I feel more creative and inspired working on a nice looking, and well build laptop with such a streamlined OS also functionally being able to view RAW files straight from the finder saves you having to import them into lightroom/photoshop before you can see them. I think windows 7 is still not allowing this feature, at least you can't quick look the files- In fact quick look is enough to stay on OSX anyway but whether I prefer osx or not, as a designer there was no other option- the industry just lives on OSX so you have to know it and be compatible with it also you can't just take a macbook and compare it spec for spec with a dell- the magnesium casing, backlit keys, better keyboard, battery life and quality of track pad are worlds apart from a cheap windows laptop, compare the macbook to a top of the range vaio and the price difference disappears also regardless of price I just wanted a mac, same way as I wanted levi jeans rather than a £4 pair from TK maxx