128 versus 256 MacBook Air

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Goldmansachs, Apr 22, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2012
    Hi guys,
    I Will be purchasing a MacBook air on Tuesday and I am wondering whether to get a 128 GB solid state drive or a 256 GB solid state drive. Thoughts?
  2. macrumors 68020


    Apr 20, 2008
  3. macrumors regular

    Nov 1, 2011
    OP, your screen name says you gots money. Buy big.
  4. macrumors 68040


    Dec 16, 2011
    Well if you get the 128GB SSD, then you get 128GB of storage...

    But if you get the 256GB SSD, then you get 256GB of storage...

    So do you want a lot of storage?
  5. thread starter macrumors member

    Mar 8, 2012
    Okay I am going to do it.

    Haha you actually made me laugh out loud. I am an employee.

    Probably haha
  6. macrumors member

    Mar 13, 2012
    IF you got the money then it should be a no-brainer.
  7. macrumors 604


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    No one is ever going to need more than 128GB of storage. Ever. :rolleyes:

    Get the biggest one you can afford.
  8. macrumors 68040

    Feb 13, 2012
    Perth, Western Australia
    Do you need 128gb of space on the move, or 256gb?
  9. macrumors member

    May 8, 2009
    Go with 256GB SSD.

    I have a MBA 11 with 128 (travel), and a MBA13 with 256 (daily use to/from work). I wish I had just gotten the MBA11 with 256.

    I am able to keep a lot more data, apps, docs, my iTunes library music, and some ripped movies and still have 100GB+ free.
  10. macrumors 68000

    Jun 2, 2006
    go with 256gb. i used to have the 128gb version, then i regretted it. sold it and bought the 256gb instead and couldn't be happier.
  11. macrumors member

    Apr 20, 2012
    Even if you only need 128G for Apple software, I'd still say buy a 256G and partition half of it for bootcamp windows 7. It's just too cool.

    If you still have too much empty disk space, you can have fun with Virtualbox (free) running VMs for Ubuntu, Centos, or Windows 8 Consumer Preview (all free). VMs running on solid-state drives rock.
  12. 3bs
    macrumors 603


    May 20, 2011
    Dublin, Ireland
    Definitely go with the 256gb! Especially if you have the money. Even if you don't, you should wait to save up cause it's worth it in my opinion. I have 128gb on my 11" late 2010 MBA and I wish I had more space but it was the most I could get.
  13. Contributor


    Jul 29, 2008
    Kite flying
    This is more or less my view as well. When I bought my MBA in Sept 2010, 128GB SSD was the largest available.

    While it is fine for my needs at present, - and I love the MBA's form factor, speed of the SSD and ultra portability, I'd be lying if I said it was absolutely ideal. Indeed, had it been available at the time, undoubtedly, I would have bought the 256GB SSD, and shall do so when I next purchase a MBA.
  14. macrumors regular

    Dec 20, 2011
    I bought a 64gb for my old macbook, depends what your using it for?

    Mine is purely a web browser and some other applications, i was never going to store any data on it.
  15. macrumors newbie

    Jul 9, 2010
    I went with 256gb.

    It was decently cheap when you go with the refurb model.

    I'll be mostly keeping my photos (about 60gb), and basic development work. and because of work, I'll have to put parallels/win7/maybe ubuntu on there.

    if you have the extra $250-300, go for it.
  16. macrumors G3

    Jul 23, 2002
    Sol III - Terra
    Without knowing what you're using it for, it's tough to say, but I wouldn't get one wuth less than 256GB myself.

    When I had a PowerBook with an 80GB drive, it was great, it was a fair bit of space. Now, if I go on a trip with my Camera, I can wind up with 60GB or more of photos in a week. Uf I goit a new camera that took higher resolution pictures, that would be even more space used. So yeah 256GB seems to be about enough space...maybe.
  17. macrumors regular


    Jul 17, 2002
    Cape Coral, FL
    I got an i7 with the 128GB because I really don't store much anymore. Just working documents but mostly everything is in the cloud now. It isn't my main computer yet but if my MacPro ever dies I'll just get a thunderbolt display and drive and it will be my desktop.
  18. macrumors 6502


    Feb 18, 2004
    Ontario, Canada
    256 GB. I bought one last year and sure enough, I've been slowly filling it up. Nothing worse than being on the road and suddenly finding out you need more room. :(
  19. macrumors 6502a

    Sep 3, 2007
    $300. more for 128gb, no thanks, 128 is more than enouph.
  20. macrumors 68030


    Dec 11, 2008
    If you have the $ the answer is obvious, for my use 128 is inadequate, the cloud is one solution as long as you are under it of course, so to speak ;)
  21. macrumors 6502

    May 15, 2007
    I'd go with 256gb. It at least gives you a bit more peace of mind for future use and you don't have to constantly micro-manage your storage (as much, depending on what you do).
  22. macrumors 6502a


    Oct 28, 2006
    Chicago, IL
    Bought a 128GB.
    I have a desktop, thats where all my files are. If i need more space on my air, I just plug in my WD external hard drive.
  23. macrumors 6502a


    Feb 1, 2012
    New York
    I also second going for a 256 if you can swing it. My MBA is a 128 and I am forever transferring files off of it and onto my MBP or iMac to save space. If you get the 256 you just get more piece of mind knowing that you have the room on their for all of your files.
  24. Guest


    Sep 19, 2011
    Ohio, United States
  25. macrumors 6502a

    Oct 13, 2010
    This is the stupidest 'which one should I choose' thread ever.

    Why? Because this isn't a matter of which one is best, but is strictly something you must decide for yourself based on your own circumstances.

    I stream all my music through spotify. All my video watching is through streaming, short of when I'm on a plane trip or somewhere without WiFi - and for those times, 128GB is plenty to download a few movies or episodes. I don't do a lot of photos and even if I did start doing a lot of photos I would buy an external drive.

    128GB is perfect for me. It may not be for you. But either way, I can't recommend either or help you choose.

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