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polyun
Jan 31, 2011, 01:06 AM
I'm planning to go from a 250gb Macbook Pro, of which I use about 230gb in photos, music, video, etc. Is it really possible to have a Macbook Air as a day-to-day computer and not be terribly inconvenienced with having everything stored on an external drive? Thanks for the responses!



boganrulz
Jan 31, 2011, 01:22 AM
i have the 64 gb.

i used an external on my mac mini (which translated over to the air) for everything iTunes for 3 years. the trickiest part of the external is remembering to plug it in and turn it on. i've had many a rage that is simply solved by a power button :cool:

thejadedmonkey
Jan 31, 2011, 01:33 AM
Only if you only view your photos, videos, and listen to music at a desk. Otherwise, unless you put it on a server somewhere on your LAN, you'll be inconvenienced at one point or another.

fs454
Jan 31, 2011, 02:29 AM
My 128GB with my full, comfortable setup sans iTunes library is 65GB. This is Final Cut Studio (minus all of the content, so just FCP/Color/Soundtrack), Photoshop/After Effects/Dreamweaver/Illustrator CS5, Borderlands, Minecraft, Portal, Garry's Mod and a few other games....and Office '11.

I use Slink to tunnel to my home network for my iTunes library with no issue. I use Grooveshark for music as well.

If I really tried I could probably cut down on some stuff(Borderlands is 8GB!) to fit it all on 64GB, but the SSD would be full all the time.

I'd definitely upgrade, but keep in mind you can always get the 64GB and upgrade the SSD stick later.

mixvio
Jan 31, 2011, 05:42 AM
I can barely live with 256 gigs, so obviously it depends on your usage.

mattydee87
Jan 31, 2011, 05:58 AM
If it helps, I currently have a 250GB MacBook Pro and ordered a 64GB MacBook Air but before it even arrived I had ordered the 128GB model instead. 64GB just won't be enough for me personally as I wanna carry stuff around with me without the need for an external.

It's all about personal preference really. I could get by with 64GB but I don't want to - rather keep everything I need on it. But as someone in another thread said, whatever size you get, it probably won't even be enough to hold EVERYTHING you have so you might as well save yourself some money and get a smaller size one.

lamadude
Jan 31, 2011, 06:40 AM
Since you're currently using about 230 GB you're going to have to make an adjustement regardless of the choice for 64 or 128 GB. I currently have the 64 GB version, which works perfectly for me, but I use it as a secondary computer, just for taking notes, browsing/chatting on the couch etc. In fact I still have over 30 GB free on my SSD :) If you're going to use it as your main computer I would opt for the 128 or 256 models.

A small USB powerd 500 GB drive is very inexpensive these days and doesn't weigh a lot, so you could easily carry all your stuff with you just in case.

Personally I don't mind having pictures on an external drive, but I do want my music collection on the SSD.

bowlerman625
Jan 31, 2011, 07:00 AM
You can but only you can best answer this question.

klover
Jan 31, 2011, 09:26 AM
All comes down to type of usage.

I have a 64GB with:

Bootcamped 64-bit Windows 7 (space optimized: no hibernation, no restore points, etc.).
Office 2010 (PC)
Civ 5 (PC)
Dragon Age (PC)
Office 2011 (MAC)

I'm still showing 11GB free on Mac side and about 6 on WIN 7 side and, for me, that's plenty of space.

MultiFinder17
Jan 31, 2011, 10:10 AM
Just sayin', people have survived on less.

*pets his Macintosh SE with its monstrous 40MB hard disk*

:p

gwsat
Jan 31, 2011, 10:23 AM
I agree that how much storage you need turns on what your uses of the MBA will be and on how much discipline you are willing to impose on yourself. In my case I had to have a 256GB MBA because the 128GB model would have been inadequate to hold the 130GB worth of programs and data that were on my old MBP. I'm glad I went this way because in only a bit over three months I am using 160GB of storage on my 13 inch Ultimate MBA.