128gb MBP what's the point

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by thewall, Dec 15, 2018.

  1. thewall macrumors member

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    I was going to treat the other half to a 128gb MBP then i looked at the spec and saw that the operating system had eat up 77gb to run any extra storage you need another cable, this is a total waste of money and time,an easy way for Apple to boost their coffers
     
  2. Audit13 macrumors 68040

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    It's strange that the os used up 77 GB. I have an air running Mojave and MS office 2016 on a 256 GB drive and there is over 215 GB free.
     
  3. Martius macrumors regular

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    Try to locate where are the biggest files in the "OS folders". For example there are a lot of text-to-speech voices, which might take up a few GBs. Some application data are big (and maybe unused)... I freed up about 20-30GB deleting this kind of folders/files (the Xcode simulator devices are taking up a lot of space too).
     
  4. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040

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    Price anchoring and driving upgrades.
    Bean Counter Tim at his finest.
     
  5. Wags macrumors 6502a

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    Just operating system or available? The demo units have stock photos and videos that take up lots extra space.
     
  6. pmore macrumors member

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    Yep. It's pointless for us. Apple really want you to buy the 256GB version.
     
  7. turbineseaplane macrumors 68040

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    For sure..
    It's all to say "XXX starts at just [insert somewhat low price]"

    It'd be like BMW trying to have a car "start at $30-ish K" by not including the rear seats on a 4 door car.

    Those may not be needed by all people, but most everyone does actually want and need them and will need to pay more to actually get them, thus negating that "low starting price".
     
  8. OLDGUYWITHAHIFI Suspended

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    I have a 128gb MacBook Air. Just did a clean install of Mojave. Zero photos and zero music, the OS, Office 365, and a few smaller apps. Thats it. 90 gigs left out of 121 available. If I add photos and music say goodbye to the rest of my drive.

    Any average person who likes to take photos and listen to music would fill 128gb in a heartbeat. 128gb standard is a joke itself, but charging $200 to upgrade is comical.
     
  9. Chundles macrumors G4

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    The OS and built-in apps use way less than that. You’ll likely have more than 100GB free on that machine.

    It’s still too small though, 256GB should be bare minimum.
     
  10. jazz1 macrumors 68000

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    Heck that should be the minimum at 256GB. Otherwise get an iPad :p
     
  11. Wags, Dec 15, 2018
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    Wags macrumors 6502a

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    Ya. If have the 128 ssd cant have any significant libraries. It’s not that hard to use external drive as secondary storage as routine. The ‘point’ is all about the upgrade charge. You can get 1tb ssd drive for about $200 now. Shame Apple charges that for extra 128.
     
  12. puma1552 macrumors 603

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    Pretty sure with a clean install and nothing on it that machine is going to have 110-115 GB free. Not sure how you figured an OS takes up nearly 80 GB...
     
  13. jazz1 macrumors 68000

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    Yeah, I mean really. How about a 128 ssd iMac o_O
     
  14. OLDGUYWITHAHIFI Suspended

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    Not really practical to have to rely on an external drive or even cloud storage on a laptop.
     
  15. dotzero123 macrumors regular

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    I have 128gb but keep all documents, music etc. on the cloud. I don't store many pics to the pc. Everyone's needs are different, I guess. I've had it a year and have tons of space left.
     
  16. Camark08 macrumors member

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    It really is a joke and I'm a big MacBook fan. A 128gb SSD is nowhere near MacBook "Pro". The 256gb should be the bare minimal.
     
  17. Plutonius, Dec 15, 2018
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    I think that the people who buy this configuration use external storage or cloud for most of their needs.
    --- Post Merged, Dec 15, 2018 ---
    I don't but many people do.
     
  18. SDColorado macrumors 68030

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    System is only showing on my computer as being a little over 18GB. I am not sure where that 77GB number comes from.

    That said, I wonder if the main sales of the 128MB model are as terminals for Point of Sale systems and the like?
     
  19. JustinBW macrumors member

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    I have little need for more than 128gb on my laptop - I know this is atypical. Currently I am using about 40gb (with 19gb being the system and I have 7gb in trash...).

    I use the computer for work (software development) and general internet use/email.

    I have little use for much more space than 128gb affords me, for my line of work.
     
  20. Howard2k macrumors 68000

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    It’s probably fine for those of us who know how to manage storage. But totally agreed, if you can’t manage storage just suck it up and pay the big bucks and consider it an “ignorance tax”
     
  21. OLDGUYWITHAHIFI, Dec 15, 2018
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    A laptop is portable. Does not seem practical to me to have to take an external hard drive with you while on the road or in the field due to an SSD that is too small for practical use.
     
  22. Cigsm macrumors 6502a

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    The type of flash drives Apple use are much different then a $200 1 tb hd

     
  23. MichaelDT macrumors regular

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    I don’t think it’s about “managing” storage for professionals that work on files that are 20+ gig per file, on-the-go. You just need the space and portability, or else you’d buy a desktop with way cheaper storage options.
     
  24. thewall thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks for all your replies i also thought 128gb was a waste of time, i also looked at the 256gb and there was only 141gb left is it something the shops install as there was a sign saying this will not work outside the store.
     
  25. _Kiki_ macrumors 6502a

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    in my MBP system 10.14.2 takes about 80GB, storage for the system went up after I started using Time Machine, also system contain all updates from Sierra to present Mojave, so about 2 years
     

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