Anyone else feel lesser is better???

negativzero

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I keep seeing so many threads here where many posters urge upgraders to spec-up the SSD capacity. Is it really necessary? First of all, Apple's storage upgrades are expensive as hell. Second, there are so many cloud-storage services out there to put your data offsite and it is not like WiFi is hard to come by in most places. Then, there are also NASes that you can put your data on. If I need to go overseas for work, I pack an extra external disk if necessary, but again, unless you're going to an area where wifi is lacking, its not that difficult to login to your NAS or cloud service to grab whatever documents you need.

I myself am completely happy with a 512GB 2017 TB MacBook Pro.
 

Fishrrman

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I used a 2010 MacBook Pro with 250gb for almost 7 years, and never used more than 60gb for the life of the machine.

When I bought a new 2015 MBPro last December, I got it with a 256gb SSD.
I reckon that will do me fine for the NEXT 7 years... :)
 

baypharm

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I have never used over 512gb on my SSD personally. However, my commercial clients routinely exceed that. As far as cloud based storage goes, it will never be as secure as having your own offline hard drive. I say offline because once a hard drive is connected to the web it instantly becomes a target for exploitation.
 

Audit13

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Many people advise upping the storage at the time of purchase because upgrading after can be expensive, depending on the model.

One thing I highly recommended when apple switched to soldered ram was to get at least 8 gb as it's impossible to upgrade after the fact for a reasonable price.

I have seen people in my area that are trying to sell retina 13" Macbook Pros with 4 gb of memory without luck.
 

Nathan King

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My experience has been either you mainly work with documents and don't need more than the base specification or you work with various forms of multimedia, in which case even the largest upgrade is inadequate.
 

PBG4 Dude

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I used a 2010 MacBook Pro with 250gb for almost 7 years, and never used more than 60gb for the life of the machine.

When I bought a new 2015 MBPro last December, I got it with a 256gb SSD.
I reckon that will do me fine for the NEXT 7 years... :)
Wow. My photo library itself is over 100GB.
 

Fishrrman

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RE:
"My photo library itself is over 100GB."

I checked. My iPhoto library has 41 pics in it -- 327mb (on my MacBook Pro)

Just about all my pics reside on an external volume dedicated to pics and media...
 

htc fan

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I have 512gb MacBook pro 13 2016 and I only have like 20gb free space left. I should have gone with a 1tb version. But dam 1tb was so expensive...
 

ryannel2003

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My 15" Pro has 256GB of storage and I still have over 150GB left. I don't keep too much media on my computers though I understand someone needing more if they do a lot of 4k video editing on the go.
 

mk313

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I think the posts that you see where commenters urge people to spec up are most often in response to a user asking if they should buy more storage or not. In most of those cases, it seems like it's safer to buy more and not use it, than it is to buy less than you end up needing and not being able to ever upgrade it. People who make extensive use of cloud storage or external storage drives or just don't store a lot of photos/videos tend to know their usage well enough that they aren't having the same dilemmas about what size SSD to purchase. Obviously lots of people can make do with less storage, but if someone it vacillating between two sizes, spending the extra money upfront rather than getting stuck with not enough storage later on is usually the safer road, hence why it is recommended so often.
 
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Samuelsan2001

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Storage cannot be upgraded after you buy on the T/B MBP's, and any retina is a nightmare and very expensive to up the SSD size so buy what you need when you buy is the best advice.
 
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