320GB hard drive, how much space for OS X and other apps/start up files?

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  1. bjwang macrumors newbie

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    I just got upgraded to a new MBP 13" and am still setting everything up. It comes with a 320GB hard drive--my question is, about how much free space should I have starting out, given that some of the space is used for the OS, program files, etc.?

    Thanks for your help.
     
  2. old-wiz macrumors G3

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    A drive advertised as 320 gb only has 297 gb of usable space on it. My new mac was using about 20gb when I first bought it.
     
  3. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    Same guess here. The hard drive will have ~300 GB free space. A standard Leopard install is about 15 GB (system files, iLife, etc.). That leaves you about 285 GB. Depending on your Applications, I'd guess you have about 275 GB to play with.
     
  4. bjwang thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still a little confused. When you say free space, do you mean before counting for OS and apps? Previous post implied that the user had 300GB usable after accounting for OS, whereas you're saying you really start off with 300GB, then deduct another 15GB for OS and 10GB or so for apps?
     
  5. BlizzardBomb macrumors 68030

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    Formatted drive will be about 297 GB. Then the OS and apps take up a further 15 GBs or so. That leaves you with about 280 GBs free.
     
  6. Thiol macrumors 6502a

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    A 320 GB hard drive really only has ~300 GB:
    http://guides.macrumors.com/Hard_Drive_Size_Discrepancy
     
  7. bjwang thread starter macrumors newbie

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