256GB MacBook Air actual storage capacity?

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  1. macbookpro45 macrumors 6502

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    Hi all

    Looking to pickup a 256gb macbook air, but I'm not sure how much actual memory that will mean i.e. getting a 32gb iphone nets you ~27 gb of actual storage space.

    Can anyone tell me how much actual storage space is on the 256gb ssd macbook air?
     
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    ~ 250gb without OS

    ~ 230gb with OS + basic apps
     
  3. macbookpro45 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    does 'basic apps' include imovie/iphoto and microsoft office?

    If not, how much do each of those take up, roughly?
     
  4. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    There will be about 20gb of data on the computer when you take it out of the box. The iLife apps are included. Microsoft Office is not an Apple product and you must purchase and install it yourself if you want it.
     
  5. flowrider macrumors 601

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    And, IMO, running an SSD full is not a good idea. You'll take a hit performance wise, and the drive may fail prematurely. I think 60 to 70% of total capacity is a good rule of thumb.

    Lou
     
  6. DancyMunchkin macrumors member

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    Whether running an SSD 'full' causes a performance hit or premature failure is a matter of fact, not opinion. Please site your source.
     
  7. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    Interesting article, thanks. But it says 75%, not 60% to 70%. #

     
  8. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^Yes, I am well aware of that. However, I prefaced my remarks with IMO and I think.

    Lou
     
  9. DancyMunchkin macrumors member

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    It also doesn't mention anything about going above 75% utilization causing 'premature failure'.

    But I suppose 'IMO and I think' covers that, too.
     
  10. mlody macrumors 6502a

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    I have 256GB model and after installing all ilife apps and microsoft office (also have two different user profiles) it shows I am consuming about 27GB. I have 223GB left available.
     
  11. Boyd01 macrumors 68040

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    With a SSD that clocks around 700 MB/s, I wonder how many people would notice the reduced performance as the disk fills up? If you're concerned, you could run the Blackmagic disk test from time to time and keep a record of the results.
     
  12. James Craner macrumors 68000

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    I have a rMBP with a 256GB SSD that has around 24GB of free space. Been like that for around the last 12 months. I have not noticed any detrimental impact on performance, despite the hard disk being over 90% full.
     
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    Telling the owner of a 512gb MBA that they can only use 300gb is gonna be a tough sell…. :D
     
  15. DancyMunchkin macrumors member

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    You won't. flowrider believes that posting an opinion multiple times will cause it to magically morph into a fact.
     
  16. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^Yep munchy that's me alright:

    Lou
     
  17. DancyMunchkin macrumors member

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    Still avoiding explaining your 'going above 75% causes premature failure' opinion.

    Yep, that's Lou alright.
     
  18. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^I'm not avoiding anything. The 60 to 70% figure That I adhere to is personal preference. I've read enough abut SSDs to form some conclusions that I adhere to. And, that's one of 'em. Ever hear of the adage that more is better, will in my case, I believe less is better when it comes to populating SSDs. And if Mister Craner and you want to live on the edge when it come to storage, so be it.

    And if you consider experts opinion "irrelevant, repetitive" it really makes no difference to me.

    Lou
     
  19. DancyMunchkin macrumors member

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    Yes, you are.

    You are the only person stating filling an SSD above 70% causes premature failure.

    The people you quote are talking about performance degradation not premature failure.

    You are not an expert.
     
  20. jj4146 macrumors newbie

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    The premature drive failure that Flowrider is referring to has to do with basic drive life. Hard drives have a limited number of times that data can be recorded to them before they start failing, that limit is very high though, and keeping a drive full increases the number of writes necessary to save files back to the drive thus speeding up the failure probability!
     
  21. DancyMunchkin macrumors member

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    Thank you, flowrider spokesperson. :rolleyes:

    Please quote your source for this information or is this just your opinion?
     
  22. p3ntyne macrumors 6502

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    How did this thread get so off topic?

    Anyway, I agree with DancyMunchkin. My SSD is over 70% full and there are no performance issues. It still reads and writes at ~535/420 - the same as when I bought it. While I agree they do loose performance as they are filled, I doubt that it makes a difference until ~90% of it is filled.
     
  23. jj4146 macrumors newbie

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    Ok, Munchkin, this isn't a peer review document, this isn't a college level paper, stop telling people to site their sources; you have just as much access to the same information as anyone else!

    Here is a sited source for your viewing pleasure that proves my information is not an opinion but an industry known fact! Published by Western Digital in 2009

    http://www.wdc.com/WDProducts/SSD/whitepapers/en/NAND_Evolution_0812.pdf

    :p
     
  24. ihatepants macrumors newbie

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    i have a sandwich
    i ate it
    but wait, that is too much sandwich they said
    you should've eaten only 70% they said
     
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