128gb vs. 256?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Tenashus1, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. Tenashus1 macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2011
    Any thoughts are opinions as to what circumstances would justify the $300 expense for the 256 gb ssd as opposed to the 128? Considering both at this point. I want to know if the 256gb would be better in the long run, but can't anticipate how much space I will need in the future. Thanks.
  2. MRU Suspended


    Aug 23, 2005
    I guess if you have more than 128gb of files on your system drive and don't fancy carrying around an external drive.

    Personally my iTunes library with Apps & Music (1437 albums worth) is 140gb in size alone. If I didn't have them on another Mac and needed them on my MBA I would stump up the extra for storage.

    However I don't, and I decided to go for the 128gb on my 11" this year. I went for the 64gb version last year and felt like I spent too much time making sure space wasn't wasted rather than just getting on and using my drive.
  3. Stein357 macrumors 6502

    Jun 18, 2010
    Rip City
    I'm only using 60GB, although I have all my videos stored on my external drive that I back up to, so the 128GB one will be great for my needs. Just depends on how much space you need.
  4. DeusInvictus7 macrumors 68020

    Aug 13, 2008
    Kitchener, Ontario
    Yeah if it's your only computer and you would rather not have an external drive, then definitely go for the extra storage. For me, I chose the 128GB since I have my media library stored on my iMac, and can transfer things like a movie or whatever when I really want to. My MBA is strictly going to be for school though, so I'll be fine carrying a light load on it.
  5. Bloodraw850 macrumors 6502


    Jul 12, 2011
  6. ZBoater macrumors G3


    Jul 2, 2007
    Sunny Florida
    Having 257GB worth of data? :rolleyes:

    If you can afford it, buy it. Better to have it and not need it than to need it and not have it. I can't recall EVER reading someone complain about having too big of a SSD...
  7. torbjoern, Jul 27, 2011
    Last edited: Jul 27, 2011

    torbjoern macrumors 65816


    Jun 9, 2009
    The Black Lodge
    Are you going to use it as your primary computer? If so, this is in itself likely to justify the upgrade.

    Since 1 GB is counted as bytes and not 1.073.741.824 bytes, 128 GB is only 119 GiB (a.k.a GB from now on). From that point, let's see... you're supposed to have at least 15 % free for the swap-file. Then you have 100 GB left. Then the operating system takes up some space (easily 10 GB), leaving you with about 90 GB for apps, pictures, audio and video files.
  8. blowabs macrumors member

    May 23, 2010
    BK, NYC
    Got the 128....saved the $300 for APC, ext opt drive, 320gb ext HD, sleeve, keyboard cover, slim carry bag....;)
  9. drober30 macrumors 6502a

    Jul 5, 2007
    As other have stated, it really depends on how you use your computer.

    I went with the 128GB but I have an iMac too.

    If the 256GB was a $90 upgrade, I would have done it even if I did not need it but for $300, I thought about it and stuck with the 128GB.

    Aside from videos & music, 100GB is a tone of storage.

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