120 vs 160 hard drive for MBP

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by newmacguy88, Jun 11, 2007.

  1. newmacguy88 macrumors member

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    I was curious if it is worth it to pay $67(student discount) to go from 120GB hard drive to 160GB hard drive on the low end 15in MBP. I will be a college student in the fall. I have a ton of music and photos I'll mostly be writing papers, surfing the web, etc. I do a lot of artwork, so I might consider getting something like photoshop elements in the future.

    Thanks for any advice :)
     
  2. Zwhaler macrumors 603

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    Based on what you plan to do with your computer, I would definitely get the upgrade. It does not cost very much, and trust me, that extra space will come in handy some day :)

    Especially if you get into video at all, I made a home movie last night that is less than 3 minutes and it took up a gig and a half of space :eek: Get the upgrade, you will be glad you did :)
     
  3. TimJim macrumors 6502a

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    well how much music and pictures do you have. just look on your computer and see if you need the 160.
     
  4. NewSc2 macrumors 65816

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    I got the upgrade and I love having the extra space. You'd need to get an external hard drive to back up everything, cuz even 160gb can get filled up.
     
  5. darkcurse macrumors 6502a

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    Always get more than you think you need... Within your budget of course. My MBP has 120gigs and I never thought that I'd use it up. But as of now, only 6gigs remaining :(
     
  6. samh004 macrumors 68020

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    The more HDD space you have, the longer your computer will last, before you need to start deleting things or re-arranging stuff.

    If your HDD gets really full too, your computer will slow down a bit, so adding a 160GB drive would be useful to stop a slow-down of your system, along with slightly longer longevity.

    And I bet your computer has taken a performance hit because of it too...
     
  7. tango554 macrumors member

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    I think this answers your question. :)
     
  8. dmw007 macrumors G4

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    For the small difference in price, go with the 160GB HDD. :)
     
  9. newmacguy88 thread starter macrumors member

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    thanks everyone, I appreciate your advice :) :apple::cool:

    I'm ordering it in like 2 weeks. Decided to get the matte screen instead of glossy, I don't like the reflections.
     
  10. Aniej macrumors 68000

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    very good decisions you made. the glossy is interesting, but the glare for me is killer. 120 to 160Gb is about $70 so you really can't go wrong there.
     
  11. newmacguy88 thread starter macrumors member

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    I went to the Apple store because I wanted to see the difference for myself. The matte screen now that they updated to the LED is actually REALLY nice. I think it would actually be nicer to watch movies on a matte screen than the glossy.

    Another big factor for me was screen size. I love the blackbook, but when I saw it in person, I really thought it was too small(for me! it may be perfect for you)

    I'm thinking about getting one of those cooling fans for underneath the mbp when it is on a flat surface. A teacher of mine had one of these and it seemed to keep the temps down. Anyone ever used one?
     
  12. tango554 macrumors member

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    Never used one, but is it necessary? What do you think about the griffin elevator? Your back and neck wouldn't be strained and it would help keep your computer cool.
     

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