256GB Enough for Incoming College Student?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by DrJames, Jul 10, 2012.

  1. DrJames macrumors member

    Feb 5, 2012
    Hi There

    I really want a rMBP for college in the fall and I'm wondering (in your opinion) would 256GB be enough for approximately four years.

    Do you think we will be able to upgrade these drives eventually?

    I mainly would be using my computer for Internet/Email, iWork (Plus other office suites), light gaming, and music (creating and downloading).

    My biggest concern is my music collection. It's at about 50GB but still growing. I know I can use an external HDD but I'm looking for other opinions.

    Thanks in advance for your help!
  2. charlieegan3 macrumors 68020


    Feb 16, 2012
    I think that would be fine, like you say you can always get an external hard drive/ssd down the line.
  3. Trey M macrumors 6502a

    Trey M

    Jul 25, 2011

    Yes I do think it'll be enough and yes in 6-8 months there will probably be a user-installable SSD option just like the MBA had.

    I often see people who have large amounts of music hold back from getting SSD's because of their collection, but there is no way you can even listen to 20% in a day, so obviously you don't need all your music with you at all times. If it's that concerning then I'd suggest getting a 512GB SSD if that luxury is important to you.
  4. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    Yes and yes.

    I think something to keep in mind is that we now have Thunderbolt and USB 3.0. This makes external drives a much better and easier solution to manage than ever before. I think we, in general, just need to break the habit of scoffing at storing stuff we don't need with us every second externally. And I haven't even touched on the cloud. I have to admit that Spotify has reduced my iTunes library usage significantly.

    And the drive is on a removable daughterboard, and companies like OWC have already pledged to produce replacements. They won't be cheap, but it will be able to be done. Not sure if you'll need to during the life of the device, though.
  5. Slivortal macrumors 6502

    Jun 14, 2012
    It's really a personal decision, but I think that should be fine... I barely use any memory whatsoever. And if your music collection gets TOO large, you can just starting getting externals.

    Make sure you make the right decision now, though. Even though they may be coming out with compatible SSD expansions soon, it looks like they'll be no more cheaper than upgrading now. Not to mention if you upgrade now you don't have to deal with the hassle of replacement AND you get a "free" 2.6GHz hard drive (even if it doesn't do that much extra, it would still free for what it does).
  6. ECUpirate44, Jul 10, 2012
    Last edited: Jul 11, 2012

    ECUpirate44 macrumors 603


    Mar 22, 2010
    It all depends on your habits and media collection. My iTunes library is 160 gb alone so I need at least 512 GB. I'll wait for RevB RMBP and see what it has to offer.
  7. thejadedmonkey macrumors 604


    May 28, 2005
    No and No. As a college student, you won't be able to afford an SSD unless your parents help, and it won't be large enough if your computing habits ever change. Are you willing to stake your portability that your belief that you won't get into a few games or video editing is correct?
  8. Fortimir macrumors 6502a


    Sep 5, 2007
    Indianapolis, IN
    I said yes and yes, but you aren't wrong. While I think 256GB is, by definition, enough if you factor in using externals for non-prioritized data, I'd still say go with the largest you can afford. I did.

    And you are definitely right that third-party SSDs will be prohibitively expensive and that is definitely something to consider.
  9. Idefix macrumors 6502

    Jul 10, 2012
    If an incoming freshman is getting a RMBP, does this mean the parental units are paying?

    If so, of course you need a bigger HD than 256! This is going to last you for 4 years after all!

    Or at least until somebody spills beer on it...
  10. aaronw1986 macrumors 68030

    Oct 31, 2006
    It may not be enough eventually, but you'd be better off paying $100 for an external rather than shelling out $600 more to get the 512, if that is what you are considering. For what you've stated 256 should be ok, but you may likely start using it for more than you intend!

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