60 GB Enough?

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by ddk121, Jul 16, 2006.

  1. ddk121 macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2006
    Wales, UK
    I have just bought a new macbook, with a 60 GB hard drive. Do you think 60 G is enough? Do any of you have 60 GB, and if so, how do you find it?
  2. Blue Velvet Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004

    Enough for what? It's like asking if a bag is big enough...

    These days, 60gb can fill up very fast. If that's what you're going for, then you may need to move archived files over to DVDs or external drives quite often.
  3. Satori macrumors 6502a


    Jun 22, 2006
    It really depends what you are planning to keep on the MB. If you are planning to have lots of music and movie files then it'll fill up really quick.
  4. puckhead193 macrumors G3


    May 25, 2004
    i have an 80 and i thought i would never fill it.... well its filled... thank god for FW 800 :D
  5. anthonycbaron macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2006
    it's "okay". I recently bought the same MacBook, and I really enjoy my purchase, but I think I want to up my RAM to 2GB. I still have like 18GB free, but as I download lots of video files, it'sfilling up rather quickly.
  6. atari1356 macrumors 68000


    Feb 27, 2004
    Yeah, it really depends on what you want to store on your hard drive. If you want to store your music collection or some video, you might find 60Gb to be limiting. Even a large collection of photos can take up quite a bit of space.

    I've found the 80Gb hard drive in my Powerbook to be kind of limiting... but luckily for me :rolleyes: it had a complete failure yesterday. So, I just ordered a 160Gb drive to replace it.
  7. ddk121 thread starter macrumors 6502

    Apr 23, 2006
    Wales, UK
    Ok thanks. Is it possible to delete all un-wanted languages etc. I used to use Monolingual on my power-pc, but have heard it's not that stable on an intel pc. Is there another app I can use? If I ever wanted to re-install these apps, for example, if I was selling the macbook, how easy would it to put these languages back on?
  8. Scarlet Fever macrumors 68040

    Scarlet Fever

    Jul 22, 2005
    i have a 60, and i find its not big enough. To save space, i recommend that you:
    - re-install OS X, removing any languages, printer drivers, and apps which you wont need, like iDVD (if you only have a combo drive).
    - put any large, but rarely used files, such as iMovie files, onto an external drive, like your iPod.
    - delete movies from your computer if you have them on your iPod. (if you need to burn them to a CD, use a program such as iPodRip to get them off your iPod and onto your main drive)
    - Clean out your home folders reguarly, deleting any useless items.

    If you are still 10GB or less from full,
    - Buy an external HDD
    - just swap the one in your computer for a bigger one

    Hope this helps
  9. zap2 macrumors 604


    Mar 8, 2005
    Washington D.C
    I have an 80gb internal hard drive, but 160 external drive(to back up stuff, or when i clean out my main mac, i can delete things and not really worry if i delete them because i have them saved

    But i do have more free room on my iPod then my Mac Mini... but i don't do much stuff that make up Gbs(only really music)

    But it really depends on what you doing if 60Gb is enough
  10. EricNau Moderator emeritus


    Apr 27, 2005
    San Francisco, CA
    My iMac has a 250 GB HDD, on it I have, several thousand photos, a modest music library, many large apps, and all of my documents. I have barely passed 70 GB.
  11. iBookG4user macrumors 604


    Jun 27, 2006
    Seattle, WA
    I have a 60GB hard drive in my iBook G4 and I find it took me 7 months for me to fill it up. But all I was doing before the 6 1/2 month mark was web browsing and word processing. After the 6 1/2 month mark I got into downloading vidcasts and podcasts along with encoding video. I just backed up and reformatted and reinstalled 2 days ago to get rid of all the junk because I had under 8GB of space left. I now have 33GB after reinstalling everything, I'd REALLY like to upgrade my hard drive, but I'm saving so I can get a macbook pro in a couple months so I won't bother :cool:.
  12. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    I have an eighty gigabyte hard drive, and iLife takes up so much space. (well, I do use iCal and iPhoto, and I'm keeping iWeb, at least for now). Deleting Garageband, iWork '06 trial, Microsoft Office for Mac trial etc freed up so much space, I got virtually half my hard drive back. Also, only installing English, skipping the printer drivers, and not installing the trialware, helped tremendously on getting a ton of HDD.
  13. ironic23 macrumors 6502

    Feb 8, 2006
    I've got 100gb on my MBP. It's enough as my movies and other big files are stored on an external Lacie HD. 60gb should be enough if you have another external HD. I say get an external for backups. It's always a good idea.
  14. xfiftyfour macrumors 68030


    Apr 14, 2006
    Clemson, SC
    another trick i use that saves a ton of room on my MB (and my PB before it) is that i store my music files on my powermac, and then just share them out through itunes - my library is 30gb+ so this saves me a bunch of space!
  15. Caitlyn macrumors 6502a

    Jun 30, 2005
    I got the 40GB HD thinking it would be enough on my iBook being that I only used like 20GB of my old HD. Well, I was wrong. This baby is almost full. Get the biggest you can afford. If that is 60GB go for it. But if you can, go bigger.
  16. nl2134 macrumors member

    Feb 15, 2006
    Well, it really depends.

    If you need the money, I would go with the 60. That is adequate...

    If you have some extra dough lying around, though, I would try and max it out to at least 80, if not even more. I have a 100gb and I am almost done filling it up, so it's best to be safe now, then sorry later.
  17. ReanimationLP macrumors 68030


    Jan 8, 2005
    On the moon.
    Hard drive is like sex, you can never have enough. :p
  18. After G macrumors 68000

    After G

    Aug 27, 2003
    If you have more than two of the following:

    music (Apple lossless especially)
    dvd backups
    thesis paper
    iLife/iWork/other large apps

    then no.

    Also, if you don't have time, then no as well. Takes forever to burn stuff to DVD or CD. I stopped in favor of using hard drives myself. Costs a little more but the time saved is practically priceless.
  19. sam10685 macrumors 68000


    Feb 2, 2006
    Portland, OR
    hundreds of movies; thousands of songs; thousands of photo's; a few DVD backups; no thesis papers but lots and lots of other papers; 60 gig drive; i need a bigger one
  20. SJK123 macrumors member

    May 4, 2006
    I have all my families iPod music collections (mine is about 11 GB) and about 1200 photos and I have used about 40GB out of my iMac’s 150-60.
  21. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    Honestly, I don't think 80 will be enough for long.* I am wishing I had bought with 60 to upgrade.
  22. Vader macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2004
    Saint Charles, MO
    If the laptop will not be doing everything on the go, just get the 60and put most stuff on an external on your desk. Only keep what you need with you on the MB, that way it shouldn't fill up.
  23. FleurDuMal macrumors 68000


    May 31, 2006
    London Town
    60GB is not enough for me. But then I do rip every CD and DVD I can get my hands on, and take quite a few photos. At the moment I have 60GB and my music alone has taken up almost all of it (plus I like to have at least an extra 10GB free for OSX to run smoothly). I also want to install Windows via Bootcamp on it sooner or later.

    My plan is to keep all my apps, music, documents and photos on my internal hard drive (which I will upgrade when Seagate bring out a 5400rpm 160GB drive), buy a huge external drive for all my DVD rips, and then another external drive later on as backup.

    So no, if you're anything like me, you'll be wanting something 10x bigger than 60GB!!
  24. batman123 macrumors regular

    Jun 21, 2006
    Some Place Only You Know...
    no :)
  25. JBot macrumors 6502

    Jan 9, 2006
    60gb fills up very quickly?
    I think you guys are underestimating the size of it. 60g is still large enough to hold thousands of songs, lots of apps, and videos, with space left over.
    I think 60g is more than enough for the average user, that wants to surf the web, write papers, listen to music, and watch movies.

    Side note, remember 60gb hdrive becomes around 54gb after os x is installed.
    (neutral comment)

    And finally, if you were to up your hard drive space, i would advise an external harddrive. The most you can upgrade the hdrive right now in your laptop is double, 120gb. (Going by apple.com's store). It would be cheaper to get an external one.

    At my work we just got an 8tb system. Wait till they can fit a tbyte into your laptop, than it would be worth it...

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