Bought 128GB, did I make a good decision?

rockyroad55

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I chose a 128GB 13" for myself. I have less than 5GB of music, minimal photos, documents are all on Dropbox, and my main app is the Office suite. I decided to get a 128GB and buy a 500GB G-Drive Slim for my video and photos.

Is this a good combo? 256GB seemed overkill after my evaluation of space usage.
 

GGJstudios

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I chose a 128GB 13" for myself. I have less than 5GB of music, minimal photos, documents are all on Dropbox, and my main app is the Office suite. I decided to get a 128GB and buy a 500GB G-Drive Slim for my video and photos.

Is this a good combo? 256GB seemed overkill after my evaluation of space usage.
You can always use external drives if your storage needs change.
 

Macman45

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From what you do, I'd say you will be fine....My MBA 13" is a great machine, but even with 256GB I can't really trust it in the studio...just can't be looking over my shoulder at space. So, my MBP does the studio lift, and the final work is done on my iMac...

I love the Air, and boy did it get a lot of use whilst I was waiting for my new iPad..It's just not big enough in capacity to use at work.
 

rockyroad55

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You can always use external drives if your storage needs change.
Yup, I download a crapload of movies and was going to use the external for that.

But, having the 256 gives peace of mind, you know? Then again, for my needs, 128GB seems like enough peace.
 

antseg

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Yup, I download a crapload of movies and was going to use the external for that.

But, having the 256 gives peace of mind, you know? Then again, for my needs, 128GB seems like enough peace.
If you download them to watch (rather than edit), then putting them on the external is totally fine.

You just have to do a personal cost-benefit analysis, and it seems to me like you don't need the space. Unless you do some intense things (like video editing) that forces you to keep large files on your main hard drive, you should be fine.

Congrats on the new mac!
 

nexsta

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128gb learns you to safe only what you really need. I just have to think about how much bullshi! I save over time on my Mac Pro with 1TB.
 

k3roro

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I got the 128GB but then I realized that I actually have quite a bit of pictures... sadface.
 

Stardotboy

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I use my MBA for similar things and do just fine with 128Gb - if I wanted all my files on the laptop (movies, TV shows etc.) 256Gb wouldn't be enough space anyway, so the external storage is a great option.

Also I would recommend iTunes Match, which means that your music is stored in the cloud - for me this means I only need to keep a small collection of music files on the actual machine without sacrificing access to the rest.
 

PaulNI

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You just have to do a personal cost-benefit analysis, and it seems to me like you don't need the space.
Totally agree!

There is a big difference in price between the 128GB & the 250GB.

£250 is quite a lot.

Has anyone installed duel operating systems using the 128GB?

I only need a couple of programs installed for Windows 7, hopefully there will be enough room if I install it with Virtual Box
 

GodWhomIsMike

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128GB is completely impossible for me personally to live with.

I am trying to clean up my 2010 Macbook to get it down to 200GB of data. I got it down last night from 305GB to 258GB.

I plan on migrating it over to a Macbook Air, which I want to buy within the next 2 months.

Applications I have is Creative Suite CS 5.5 Master Collection, Office 2011, Virtualbox. Camtasia with about 10 lectures recorded. I also have a 50GB iTunes library.

I am having a hard time now shrinking it down the last 50GB. I can't find anything that has considerable space wasted.
 

rockyroad55

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I only used 20GB and that's all I need haha. I expect my iTunes stuff to take up a WHOLE 3GB when I load it later.
 

GGJstudios

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gentlefury

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To be honest, Mac OSX doesn't really waste a lot of space. The 64GB model is perfectly fine, with external hdd's.

I have the 128GB model and split it in half to put on windows so I have 64GB Mac and 64GB windows and I still have 20GB left on the Mac side and 33GB left on the Windows side!
 

Chaos123x

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I bought my GF a 128model I freaking out on how she would figure how to manage that little of space. Going to get her a case, superdrive, and a G-Drive slim.

Wish there was a way to spilt up your itunes and iPhoto libraries with the most important stuff on the internal SSD and the rest of the crap on the g-drive.
 

rockyroad55

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I bought the 11" Air with the 128GB solid state drive and 4GB of memory. I have 3 users setup, plus a partition for Windows 7 running under Parallels. I normally have two users logged in (1 personal and 1 for work), and have Windows 7 running, all simultaneously during the work day. It works fine for me and there is still about 50% of the drive space available. However I do not do any media on it, no movies or music. I'm still watching movies on the TV and listening to music on the Macintosh 2100 with a CD jukebox.