The Macbook Pro Late 2011 has a better storage medium than most comparable spec notebook PCs that came out around the same time as it. This Apple portable PC has an HDD storage media, whereas most similar spec laptops that were launched around the same time as it have an SSD storage media. HDD is a traditional storage drive which stores the information on magnetic disks. HDD drives are slower than other forms of storage such as solid state drives (SSD) and flash drives.
This notebook PC's storage medium (HDD) is in fact the worst storage medium amongst all comparable spec notebook PCs that were launched more than two years ago.
An SSD storage media is the best storage medium amongst comparable types of notebook PC.
If the storage medium of this laptop is not good enough for you then you might also want to consider the Macbook Pro (SSD and higher rated), the MacBook Air Mid 2012 (SSD and higher rated), or the MacBook Pro Late 2013 Retina (SSD and higher rated) all from Apple.