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sixteen12
Nov 14, 2011, 02:07 PM
After much deliberation I've decided a MBA 13 is right for my needs, but I haven't found any definitive information on if the hard drive is enough. For the $300 in savings, I would rather get the 128GB model and a 1TB external, however I'm not sure if I've have enough room for all the programs I want installed:

I take it the HD starts with ~121GB, minus ~10GB for Lion. Leaving me roughly 110GB for iTunes, iLife, Office 11, Adobe CS 5.5, Draftsight and maybe the odd game like Starcraft 2/ Warcraft 3. I would like to leave a 20-50GB buffer for working files. Will this be enoughr room, or should I spring for the 256?

Caveat I also have a gaming PC from 2009 but want to leave it to be mostly a media rig.



aph3x
Nov 14, 2011, 02:12 PM
After much deliberation I've decided a MBA 13 is right for my needs, but I haven't found any definitive information on if the hard drive is enough. For the $300 in savings, I would rather get the 128GB model and a 1TB external, however I'm not sure if I've have enough room for all the programs I want installed:

I take it the HD starts with ~121GB, minus ~10GB for Lion. Leaving me roughly 110GB for iTunes, iLife, Office 11, Adobe CS 5.5, Draftsight and maybe the odd game like Starcraft 2/ Warcraft 3. I would like to leave a 20-50GB buffer for working files. Will this be enoughr room, or should I spring for the 256?

Caveat I also have a gaming PC from 2009 but want to leave it to be mostly a media rig.

I had a '08 MBP that I installed a 120GB SSD in. It did the job and I had similar usage that you do. I didn't like that I had to watch my usage so closely so I ended up getting the 256 in my new air. If you can afford it, I say get the 256 so you don't have to worry about it.

scarred
Nov 14, 2011, 02:34 PM
After much deliberation I've decided a MBA 13 is right for my needs, but I haven't found any definitive information on if the hard drive is enough. For the $300 in savings, I would rather get the 128GB model and a 1TB external, however I'm not sure if I've have enough room for all the programs I want installed:

I take it the HD starts with ~121GB, minus ~10GB for Lion. Leaving me roughly 110GB for iTunes, iLife, Office 11, Adobe CS 5.5, Draftsight and maybe the odd game like Starcraft 2/ Warcraft 3. I would like to leave a 20-50GB buffer for working files. Will this be enoughr room, or should I spring for the 256?

Caveat I also have a gaming PC from 2009 but want to leave it to be mostly a media rig.

Yes it is probably enough for what you list.

But yes, if you have the money, you should get the upgrade. Why? Because once you start using the Macbook Air for those tasks, you'll want to put your old desktop PC out to pasture. When that happens, you'll wish you upgraded. I guess you can get an after market OWC at that point (something I'm not considering, having decided on the 128gig in the summer).

sixteen12
Nov 14, 2011, 02:49 PM
Yeah, that's true but by that time its possible OWC replacement drives will be much cheaper in a years time.

I can afford the 256, but at that point I feel I may as well get the i7 for $100 more, which really has minimal additional benefits from my readings.

elpmas
Nov 14, 2011, 02:52 PM
You can always upgrade the SSD, but not the processor :P. Plus...there are external HDs.

Xikum
Nov 14, 2011, 02:56 PM
I dont see you needing 256 GB at all times. Personally I bought a second hand MBA that had a 256 GB SSD already built in, and I only use about 50 GB of it. If you have an external HDD/other PC, I really dont think you will use 256 GB.

Sonhascome
Nov 14, 2011, 03:09 PM
Yes, you can probably make due if you don't have a lot of music, movies, and photos. You will probably have to monitor your usage pretty meticulously, however if you get the 128 and find out it's not enough I'm sure you could get a 256gb ssd online somewhere cheaper than what apple is charging for the upgrade

Neolithium
Nov 14, 2011, 03:12 PM
I have 128GB SSD on my MBA, I just keep my movies on an external 2.5" drive that I carry around with me. I do store my iTunes library on there, and I still have around 60GB left.

jamesr19
Nov 14, 2011, 03:33 PM
I agree with what aph3x did. It's too much hassle to be constantly worried about managing data. I'd go for the 256GB so you don't have to worry about it all. I'm using 200GB for downloads, data, apps, iTunes and development software. The 50GB free fluctuates. Couldn't have gone for the 128 option (even though ti was my first thoughts)

WillMak
Nov 14, 2011, 03:51 PM
The 128 work for me. Computing is moving more towards cloud computing anyways so having less internal space isn't much of an issue anymore. I came from an old MB with 500 gigs too.

Fazzy
Nov 14, 2011, 05:10 PM
i was thinking the same thing before i bought mine.
If you don't have a HUGE media collection it shouldn't be a problem, and if it is, put the big stuff on an external hdd. they're going quite cheap these days :)

SDColorado
Nov 14, 2011, 05:23 PM
I purchased a model with the 256GB, but I have been finding I haven't been using much of it. I have been storing some stuff on the cloud, so that I can easily access it from whatever computer I have been using, and other stuff I have been storing on a few SD cards I had laying around after upgrading the ones for my cameras to larger sizes. I have been storing documents, archived keynote presentations and so on to the SD cards.

daviddth
Nov 14, 2011, 07:20 PM
i have the 256GB and find it perfect. I could scrape by with 120GB, but I like the ability to throw on other stuff if I go away, like movies & music & no shuffling cards, HDD's etc

SDColorado
Nov 15, 2011, 09:55 AM
Don't get me wrong, I don't shuffle cards to be sure. But I find there are a lot of infrequently used documents, presentations, etc. on my computer. I find if I put these on cards, they take up no room in the case, and I have instant access to them whenever I need them. I wouldn't want to have to shuffle them, that's for sure, but they do seem perfectly suited to what I use them for. I have no regretts about deciding on the 256GB, I am just saying I am happy to find I haven't been filling it rapidly. The smaller storage has gotten me away from the "find a bigger place for my stuff" concept of traditional drives and thinking about what I actually need right on that drive, and what I don't. It has been a little different experience from just buying a bigger HDD and keeping everything on it, and actually it is kind of fun :)

jamesryanbell
Nov 15, 2011, 10:05 AM
I thought 128GB would be enough, and I was out of space within months. That's with ALL video moved to external drives. Music absolutely HAS to stay.

So....I got a 240GB OWC SSD. :)

Christopher387A
Nov 15, 2011, 11:03 AM
I use an external for my movies, but everything else stays on my 128GB SSD in my MBA. I have around 65GB left after music and pictures are on there. Haven't had a problem so far, but if I had the choice, I would go bigger next time for the peace of mind.

szolr
Nov 15, 2011, 11:08 AM
I so wish the Air came with a 512 GB SSD option. I would have considered it instead of a Macbook Pro then. I need at least 300 GB, preferably more and I like to carry around all my media on the computer not on external drives. I've got an external HDD though, but it's not so convenient. :(

Neon01
Nov 15, 2011, 11:40 AM
Came here to post this exact question, as I'm still within the 2 week return period for my Macbook Air 13" 128GB model. I have similar usage that you do, except I probably won't game on the MBA considering it's limited video capabilities and relatively high resolution. I have a desktop with about 7TB of storage for media, and I'm currently building a NAS that will basically make that media available all the time, so I'm thinking I'm good with the 128, but it sure would be nice to have the extra "breathing room". My only concern is that I'm considering installing Win 7 via bootcamp, which will need a good chunk of space. It doesn't sound like this is something you want to do, but if you're thinking about it, I'd definitely consider the 256.

I just wish the price difference weren't so ridiculous. They really make you pay a nasty premium for that extra 128GB. $300 for 128GB is crazy expensive no matter what kind of drive you're talking about.

Another option (as mentioned previously by another poster) I'm considering is to just get a 64GB SD card and keep it in there all the time. Of course, if Apple had designed the reader port like many other laptops with the card fitting in flush, this would be a much more elegant solution... :mad:

ZipZap
Nov 15, 2011, 12:01 PM
Get the 256 and forget the SD card.

You wont regret the added space.......unless.....

You plan to get next years MBA...

jmgregory1
Nov 15, 2011, 01:05 PM
I got the 128 and immediately had to make considerations for externally storing old files just to make room. It was probably a good thing, because it forced me to clean house. If I got the 256, I would have kept things as is and I was keeping things on the computer I just don't use in a day to day operation - or even year to year operation. Right now I have almost 60 gigs free, which means I eliminated 60 gigs of crap (although it's sitting on an external g-tech drive right now).

Next time I'll get the 256 or maybe it will be 500 once ssd prices come down.

matixryder
Nov 15, 2011, 02:33 PM
I am using 128gb sad. I think I should get 256gb one instead because I use my macbook air to play game a lot. For example, world of warcraft take a lot of space. Maybe some starcraft 2 and incoming diablo 3 too. if you do not play game then just get 128gb.

altecXP
Nov 15, 2011, 02:42 PM
I have:
Lion
Server
CS Master 5.5
Office 2011
Pages
Number
Lotus Notes
MSN Messenger
Adium
Cloud.app
Dropbox
Local Copy of Gmail and iCloud email
XCode
iPrint
Apple Remote Desktop
VMware Fusion
65GB Windows 7 VM
Chrome
Filewave
Firefox
Suitcase Fusion
VLC
Twitter
Symantec AntiVirus
Reeder
PopChar
+ all the files in my Documents and Downloads ~400MB

I am using only 110.5GB

Captain Dynamo
Nov 15, 2011, 03:29 PM
The 128 work for me. Computing is moving more towards cloud computing anyways so having less internal space isn't much of an issue anymore. I came from an old MB with 500 gigs too.
Ditto. And with iTunes match, my library lives in the cloud so to access it I don't need to have the whole thing on my Air or on a hard drive.

techwhiz
Nov 15, 2011, 04:04 PM
I went for the 256, just because.
Just because, if you run out you can't do much. :)

Rule for computers, buy more than you think you need, if you can afford it.
Technically the SSD is not upgradeable, yeah I know it is.

sixteen12
Nov 15, 2011, 05:51 PM
My music and videos are already set up on a server, and maybe I'll even try iTunes match when (if) it comes to Canada.

Now hopefully there are some refurbs soon, a Pentax K-5 is calling my name.

sixteen12
Nov 17, 2011, 10:24 PM
Well I think I'm going to bite the bullet and buy it tomorrow. Don't want to wait for a refurb in Canada.

I also checked my PC with a 60GB SSD for OS and programs, and I have way more installed there then I plan on my MBA, and I'm only using 36GB. Super excited now.

shadowjeff
Nov 18, 2011, 02:14 PM
Well I think I'm going to bite the bullet and buy it tomorrow. Don't want to wait for a refurb in Canada.

I also checked my PC with a 60GB SSD for OS and programs, and I have way more installed there then I plan on my MBA, and I'm only using 36GB. Super excited now.

I was eyeing the refurb store as well in Canada but none yet... I would suggest that you wait till Black Friday before making your purchase. Some geniuses at the apple store told me that they should have sales on that day. Most probably like last year's $101 off on mba.

larmende
Nov 18, 2011, 04:36 PM
Hi,
I had a play today in the apple store to see if I need GB256 or if GB120 are enough. Looking at their systems the 120GB I played with only had 15GB of disc space left, and 55GB of what was on it is "other".

Is Lion this "other", or is that just clutter because thousands of passers by using the computer each week?

My idea is to keep the photos and working files on the MBA but export the RAW to an external drive. On my PC I use 115GB out of 140, so if Lion isn't massive and I can drop the RAW files I should be more than fine.
I have all my audio media on my 16GB phone and there is still plenty of space left, so I think I am not that big on data.

What I need is MS Office and Aperture, what I would like is maybe a game or 2 (like AoE 2).



Btw, the UK refurb store has some MBAs from today, so I am keen to order.

Kendo
Nov 18, 2011, 04:39 PM
I think 128GB is enough to last me through the next refresh but I will probably upgrade to a 256GB model for the one after.

Lara F
Nov 20, 2011, 11:21 AM
I went for the 256, just because.
Just because, if you run out you can't do much. :)

Rule for computers, buy more than you think you need, if you can afford it.
Technically the SSD is not upgradeable, yeah I know it is.

"Technically" - does this mean Apple would *not* upgrade the SSD if I were to take a base 13'' to the store?

The new Best Buy sale is very tempting, but like the OP I'm also afraid I'd regret 128 GB.

Stein357
Nov 20, 2011, 09:01 PM
I have 50GB of music and video alone and still have 40GB left. It's big enough for my needs, and I was apprehensive about getting only 128GB at first.