Apple vs Window Storage??

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by ritwik99, Jul 15, 2014.

  1. ritwik99 macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2014
    Hi, I am going to buy my first macbook in the following week. However, I have one question-

    How does flash storage on a Macbook compare to typical storage on a Windows Laptop?

    For example, my current HP Windows 7 laptop has like 670 GB of memory, but when I look at the details on the Macbook Pro Retina, it states that it only has 128 GB of flash storage.

    That seems like an extremely large difference- Am I missing something?
  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Well, you see... Flash storage on a Mac is magical and 1 GB of Apple Flash storage = roughly 4.7 GB on a Windows computer... wait, no... that's not right...

    Nope, you aren't missing anything
    1 GB = 1 GB whether it is a traditional HD or Flash storage
  3. ritwik99 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2014
    I see- so would it be recommended that I get the 256 gb MacBook Air rather than the 128 gb MacBook retina pro?
  4. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Get whatever computer has a large enough drive to hold all the stuff you want.

    As MacDawg said, 1GB = 1GB regardless of what computer you buy. However, Apple has largely switched over to using flash storage on their laptops, while many PC's still use older spinning disk hard drives. The Flash storage is going to be much faster for access, but it is also a lot more expensive for comparable amounts of storage.

    The Air and Pro may have different recommendations, depending on what you will be doing with the machines. If you are willing to share what you plan to do with the machines, maybe we can help steer you in the right direction.
  5. ritwik99 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2014
    I am going to college in the fall.

    I will mostly be using my laptop to write papers, access online texts, basic college stuff haha.

    However, I am major movie buff and spend a lot of time downloading and watching movies. I'm really conflicted between having the Retina display, but with only 128 gb and 8 gb ram, and the Air with 256 gb and 8 gb ram!
  6. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Do you have to have all of your movies with you at all times? Would it be too troublesome to attach an external hard drive every time you wanted to watch a movie?

    I ask because I watch a lot of videos on my Air. I only have 128GB, but I don't store any videos on the Air long-term. When I go on trips for work, I'll usually load up a couple of DVD rips and then delete them after I watch them. Similarly with music, I only keep a subset of my library on the computer. ITunes Match and external storage keep the rest.

    External drives are cheap and can greatly expand your storage as well as functioning as a time machine backup (<- Also very important).
  7. ritwik99 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2014
    Yeah, I was thinking of saving my movies on a flash drive or external storage, as well as deleting them after I watch them. So perhaps I don't need as much memory as I thought I did?
  8. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    Movies, Photos and music are some of the biggest space hogs on the computer. If you can condition yourself to only keep subsets of your libraries on your machine, you can drastically reduce your requirements. However, also remember that it's sometimes easy for an external hard drive to walk away, so if you have anything important (like term papers), make sure you have multiple copies.

    If you have a good backup strategy in place (including cloud storage), it usually isn't a problem. I mean, at minimum, look at some cloud storage for your stuff. Apple iCloud Drive is coming, along with Google Drive, Microsoft OneDrive and Dropbox. They all have some good things about them, so maybe take a look.
  9. bkd0255 macrumors member

    Dec 22, 2012
    Or you could upgrade the retina SSD and make it custom, 256, 512 or 1TB
  10. ritwik99 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 15, 2014
    I see. Sadly, I can't afford to upgrade the Retina to 256 gb... Would like to keep my expenses to around $1200!
  11. Big Ron macrumors 6502

    Big Ron

    Dec 7, 2012
    United Kingdom
    The old addage of "you will always fill whatever storage space you have", or something like that, is true whether its a PC or Mac. My advice would be to get a 256Gbyte MacBook. It will give you room to expand and will do away with the constant need to keep an eye on your storage.

    Ive just upgraded my white unibody to a Samsung EVO 840 SSD 250Gbyte. I have Mavericks, a subset of Music & Films, all of my professional & personnal docs and a fair few Pdf's and still have 198Gbyte of storage left.:cool:
  12. jdechko macrumors 68040

    Jul 1, 2004
    I have a 128GB drive with 83GB free. I could remove some infrequently used applications and probably get another 3-4 GB freed up. I could easily get by with a 64GB drive.
  13. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    Have you considered a used MBP? I'm sure you could find one out there from a year or two ago with a 256 GB SSD for $1200. If you really need a lot more space, don't rule out a MBP with a traditional HDD either.

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