Is 20GB really worth an extra $90?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Sicarius, Oct 21, 2006.

  1. Sicarius macrumors member

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    Ok, with the Macbooks, seeing as the HDs are user-replacable, is it really worth throwing another $90 into a Macbook just to get it from 80GB to 100GB HD?

    I ask, mostly because in my 8 years spent on computers, I've never had an HD over 80GB, and thus, I don't truly know how much value an extra 20GB would be at that point.
     
  2. meepm00pmeep macrumors 6502

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    depends if you're going to really use all that space... and with $90 you could get an external one for back up purposes which is more ideal
     
  3. Tymmz macrumors 65816

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    I would save the 90 bucks and go for an external hdd for back ups as well.
     
  4. GhostFace macrumors member

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    You can get a 80gig 2.5 drive (laptop drive) and case from Newegg.com for about 75 bucks.

    External is the best way to go for more space.
     
  5. ChickenSwartz macrumors 6502a

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    Second. Spread out the gigabites, less mess if something crashes.
     
  6. negatv1 macrumors 6502

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    I opted to buy the biggest disk I could buy from newegg (160gb) and use the stock drive in an external case (~$25) for backups. But then again I was running out of space with 80gb, so your needs may differ.
     
  7. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    I'm closing on 20 GB left from just iTunes stuff alone. :(
     
  8. sushi Moderator emeritus

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    You can always add an external for more storage space.

    For me, I prefer having the largest size that I can get internally so I don't have to carry extra items. But that's me. I just find it more convenient that way.
     
  9. extraextra macrumors 68000

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    I like having a bigger HD because it means less stuff I have to carry around and transfer. So yes, it'd be worth it to me. I think OS X takes up like 15GB, and then you've got your music on iTunes (mine is hitting 20GB), and with everything else like videos and pictures, I've almost hit my 60GB mark!

    A portable external HD (runs off the USB) is going to be more expensive than a general external HD (one you have to plug into an outlet). I hate general external HD's, it's just a mess of more wires.
     
  10. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030

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    Well, I'm like sushi, I prefer to have as much space internally as I can afford. So.. I upgraded my MB to a 120gb (couldn't justify the 160) through Newegg for $140 or so, and then sold my stock 80gb for $60, bringing the price down to $80.

    Anyways, the point I'm making is this: if you want extra space, then go for it, but I wouldn't upgrade from Apple. $90 + whatever is already built into the MB's price for the stock HD for a mere 20gb extra?? No thanks.
     
  11. SMacDuff macrumors 6502

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    I replaced my 5400rpm 80Gb drive with a 100GB 7200rpm Seagate Momentus SATA 2.5" drive and put the 80Gb 5400rpm drive into an external enclosure.

    Here's a link to the enclosure as it is difficult to find a decent SATA 2.5" external enclosure with both USB and Firewire ports:

    http://eshop.macsales.com/item/Other World Computing/MSTG800U2K/
     
  12. negatv1 macrumors 6502

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    The way I see it is that when I'm using my macbook, I want the most capacity I can have - without hooking up an external drive. Sort of makes it less of a 'laptop' when you are dragging around and external box with you.

    And when I am at home, I can just connect to a network drive when needing to off load some larger files to a desktop- where storage is cheap and plentiful.
     
  13. Pressure macrumors 68040

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    I also had trouble with space and iTunes until it became clear to me. I had 6.000 songs or so and started removing everything I really didn't like anyway or listen to daily.

    Now I am down to 1.391 songs I hear frequently and saved tons of space.
     
  14. Shadow macrumors 68000

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    Also try removing duplicates-goto View --> Show duplicates. It's saved me tons of room after formats on my PC.
     
  15. meepm00pmeep macrumors 6502

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    i'm getting an external for backup purposes only, and you're right, having a larger internal HDD doesn't hurt, but only if you're actually going to need all that space...
     
  16. mdntcallr macrumors 65816

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    it's worth it if you want a hard drive thats larger and also covered under apple warranty.
     
  17. negatv1 macrumors 6502

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    Apple warranty, seagate warranty.. who cares.
     

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