is 320 GB hard drive enough?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Epiphron, Aug 26, 2010.

  1. macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2010
    I got the base 15 inch 2010 model with the 320 GB harddrive. I plan to use it for college and movies/music/pictures. I have had it for two months now and have already used up 150 GB. Is it worth it to upgrade to a bigger internal drive? or should i buy a 500 GB external drive instead? if i do buy a bigger internal drive, i would have to buy an even bigger external for backups. Thanks for any suggestions/experiences.
  2. macrumors 68040


    Mar 27, 2009
    Seattle, WA
    You still seem to have quite a bit of space on your drive. But...the 500 GB internal drive would be a pretty inexpensive upgrade, so if you feel you may need the extra capacity, I would just do that. You can go up to 1 TB on an internal drive, which is a ton of space. I use a 2 TB WD My Book Studio as an external drive for backup. You have plenty of options in terms of external drives.
  3. macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2010
    what is your comp filled up with? Pictures? Do you expect to keep packing on the GB's as time goes on at the same pace? I would invest in a external drive with a ton of space, for a lot less work / money than just putting a bigger one in your MBP.

    I have a 500GB now, and I have used about what you have in 4 -5 months. I am about to start college so I expect to be adding pictures and documents, but if I hit 200GB used by the end of this year I would be floored.

    I am saving for a 120 - 180 GB SSD, I can deal with less room.
  4. macrumors 601


    Feb 6, 2010
    On the fence
    If you get down to under 70GB free or so, I think I would upgrade to a 500GB (or bigger) drive. While externals are easy to use, it is nice to be able to have all of your stuff in your computer, so you don't have to take extra drives when you go somewhere with it. Internal hard drives are cheap, and pretty easy to install as well.
  5. thread starter macrumors regular

    Jul 25, 2010
    oh ok thanks guys i think i will look for a larger than 500 GB external then, in case i do upgrade my internal drive later on. do you guys recommend any external in particular? most of the portable ones i found are 500 GB capacity (iomega ego, seagate freeagent goflex, western digital)
  6. macrumors 68030


    Jul 21, 2009
    United Kingdom
    For me, Personally.. 320GB was enough until earlier this year when I went on a kind of iTunes HD Spending spree (and ripping movies onto iTunes).. So now I've already used over 320GB.

    Oh, and having VM's doesn't help considering they stick a whole OS onto the computer too :p

    I'd say wait.. See what you try out and you still have 170GB of space (about) left, that's plenty of space, and unless you do what I did, should last you a long time.

    Bigger External drive can never hurt, especially as that will then allow you to keep more previous and up to date time machine backups on the one drive.
  7. macrumors 65816


    Sep 20, 2009
    Bay Area
    Go with the one that fits the bill, the manufacturers simply rebrand many of their external drives, it pretty comes down to the looks, speed (5400 vs 7200 etc..) and connectivity (usb or firewire or usb+firewire) and whether you want it to be portable(usb powered) or desktop externals. "Exclusive software" is simply a marketing strategy, don't buy into it.

    I use at least 10+ different branded external drives and the "cheaper" drives work just as well. But do look at reviews, some certain models have higher failure rates.
  8. macrumors 65816

    Apr 5, 2009
    Kyoto, Japan
    I have 3 portable drives, two cheap USB cases and one more expensive Firewire/USB case, all work just the same using USB 2.0, so the extra money for the one case was a waste, since I do not have a good cable now (one firewire 800 cable gone bad). If you are looking for more space, check out OWC's external cases for 3.5" drives, look good to me.
    Buy the drive (brand) you like, and out it in a case yourself, to save some serious bucks.
  9. macrumors regular

    Oct 3, 2009
    NoHo, CA
    I JUST replaced my stock 320gb to a Seagate Momentus XT 500gb. Put the Hitachi in an enclosure. 320 worked for me for a good long while, but as I started getting large SFX libraries, loops, virtual instruments and Logic files, I needed a bit more room. I know I can put them all on external HDD's, and I do, but when I'm building a show, I don't like to carry a bunch of stuff with me =)

    So the 320 did great for me with music/movies/pictures, all that. My iTunes alone is 65gb. To sum it up, I think 320 will be fine, and when you need more, you can upgrade then! Easy peasy.

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