30GB or 60GB for MacBook boot drive

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by SirJ, Jul 13, 2009.

  1. SirJ macrumors member

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    Hey everybody

    I'm interested in getting a solid state disk for my UMB 2.4. I have mostly standard apps - skype, adium, iLife, office, etc. My question is: How much space will I need for various applications and, of course, OSX? I'd like to have at least 5-10GB available for saving files and downloads when away from my external.

    Should I be safe and go with the 60GB or will a 30GB drive be enough?
     
  2. Hellhammer Moderator

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    What's the price difference? I would go for 60Gb because formatting takes space etc. Snow Leopard will take less space though.
     
  3. adrian.oconnor macrumors 6502

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    I think you could quite happily live with 30GB, but you would probably regret it in the long run because it limits your options. That said, you could always get a little 2.5" USB powered external drive if you need to store lots of data -- photos or movies or whatever -- on the go.
     
  4. Demosthenes X macrumors 68000

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    Have you thought about an Optibay solution to replace your optical drive with a second hard drive?

    Otherwise, 30GB would probably suffice for your OS, basic apps, and basic storage (i.e., word documents and the like).
     
  5. SirJ thread starter macrumors member

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    I believe the 30GB is $130 and the 60 is $190 or so (Newegg prices).

    I'd rather not go the optibay route because I'd rather not void the warranty (it voids it, right?).
     
  6. a13x macrumors member

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    Stick with the 60GB; you'll need the extra space and the price difference isn't that bad.
     
  7. Hellhammer Moderator

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    Yea, I think it voids, because you're removing something and replacing it with something else. Get the 60Gb because it's only 60$ more
     

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