Dilemma: Base model Retina MBP only 256gb SSD

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  1. Hustler1337 macrumors 65816

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    Hi,

    as the title suggests, I'm currently facing a dilemma in which I can only try to afford the base model Retina MBP which comes with a mere 256 gb of flash storage, which quite frankly isn't enough for me. Am I right in believing that it would not be possible to add a standard optical hard drive to supplement the 256gb already installed on the MBP?

    This is a real deal breaker, and I guess others will also be put off buying the new Retina MBP for similar reasons. I don't need a higher processor speed, but do need the extra storage and don't feel happy in being forced to cough up an extra £400 for the privilege of wanting a 'normal' amount of storage space.

    Anyone have any suggestions?

    Would appreciate any advice.

    Thanks.
     
  2. thundersteele macrumors 68030

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    external USB 3.0 HDDs can be bought for $100 or so. That's the only solution, the retina MBP can not be upgraded at all, or so it seems.
     
  3. unamused macrumors 6502

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    Is there somewhere that states the ssd is non swappable?

    I would assume they are using a typical ssd... not soldered on flash chips. But I could be wrong.
     
  4. undies1993 macrumors 6502a

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  5. undies1993 macrumors 6502a

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    This is my dilemma too. Only thing that may make me choose the 13" instead.
     
  6. burningrave101 macrumors 6502

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    Do you really need more than 256GB of data on the MBP itself at all times? You can get an external USB 3.0 or even Thunderbolt hard drives with all the storage you ever want and there is also iCloud which you could use to store some things online.
     
  7. guspasho macrumors regular

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    I'm also really bummed because I was waiting a few months to plan my purchase and I was expecting a HDD option so I would have space for all my iTunes stuff. 256GB, especially with all the retina display graphics, is really miserly! Why can't they at least offer an upgrade like the more expensive version has?

    I don't want to carry around an external drive all the time, and I don't want to use iCloud and deal with my ISP's bandwidth caps any more than I have to, and I don't want to pay $3k for a laptop, but I really want this sweet retina display! Argh!
     
  8. mojo8472 macrumors member

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    The main storage appears to be the 'stick' style SSD used in the MacBook Air (see half-way down this page).

    There is no way you would be able to fit a mechanical hard-drive
     
  9. surjavarman macrumors 6502a

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    Don't pay $600-1000 just for 512-700gb ssd. It ain't worth it.

    Just order the 256gb. its probably user replaceable so down the line you might be able to get a bigger ssd. Otherwise don't fret. I am going from my 1tb MBP13 (early 2011) to this new 256gb MBP15. I lose a butt load of storage.
     
  10. guspasho macrumors regular

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    How much do you use now? What do you use it for? And what are you going to do to handle it? I planned on filling close to 256 if not more with music and videos for iTunes, and this machine was going to be my iTunes server, among other things. Are you going to keep an external around? How would that work, anyway?
     
  11. d00d macrumors regular

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    If one needs more than 256 GB in the long term, it seems foolish to bank on an upgrade that may not happen, and even if it does, may end up being nearly as expensive as the buying it from the start, plus you get a faster processor. (Stipulation for this post is really needing more than 256 GB.)
     
  12. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    It may not be worth it to you, but that seems to be the going rate for these new "flash sticks" that the Airs and new RMBPs are using.

    http://eshop.macsales.com/shop/SSD/OWC/Aura_Pro_Express
     

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  13. undies1993 macrumors 6502a

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    Since no one else provides them they can charge as much as they would like.
     
  14. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    OWC, Runcore and others make similar "sticks", no?
     

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  15. undies1993 macrumors 6502a

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    Was not aware of that.
     
  16. jcpb macrumors 6502a

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    The SSD component is replaceable.

    Quite frankly, I am glad Apple did away with the internal SuperDrive. Under the previous gen you must have the internal ODD to install other OSes e.g. Windows 7, there is no option to install from a USB drive without using other programs on top due to BS software/firmware restrictions.
     
  17. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    No worries, it still remains to be seen if those will actually work in the new RMBPS! :eek: :D
     
  18. iMusings macrumors member

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    Does anyone know for a certainty if it is replaceable? Or perhaps I should wait for the iTearDown page for it to show up?

    Can't wait to jump onboard for this, but don't want to be stuck with a soldered-together system.
     
  19. surjavarman macrumors 6502a

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    Everything. Its filled to the brim with stuff. Mostly movies and tv series. But I also got a large collection of music and photos, a few large games and a few gigs of apps.

    I am going to keep some of my favorite movies on my harddrive. The rest is going on an external hdd. I am looking into a NAS, htpc, airport extreme or apple TV solutions too for accessing and streaming my files over wifi.

    The other stuff is not that important. My collection of music/photos is probably only 30gb. That will fit on a 256gb. Apps will certainly fit
     
  20. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    I've been using a 256GB SSD (Air) for the last two years, and that was my game plan (and it's worked well). I didn't bother trying to find a streaming solution though, I just plug in the external HDD when I need it.
     
  21. undies1993 macrumors 6502a

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    You don't mind? Thunderbolt or USB 2.0?
     
  22. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    USB 2.0 ... The stuff I put on the external (old movies/TV shows mostly) I don't use a lot.
     
  23. fs454 macrumors 65816

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    It's really best to just eat the cost of the SSD with the initial purchase.

    $2799 for this beast with the insane retina display and 512GB of solid state storage sounds better to the wallet than a $2199 machine and a $650 upgrade later on.
     
  24. MacRumoren macrumors member

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    Could someone explains to me the logic of "foolish to bank on an upgrade that may not happen... may end up being nearly as expensive as buying it from the start"?

    For example, even if a user-replaceable 750GB SSD drive costs more (at $1000) than the $500 that Apple asks for, I would only have to spend $750 or $1000.. more (or whatever price an after-market stick of 750GB SSD would cost) instead of spending another $2-3k next year to get a 2013 MBP that has 750GB SSD.

    Not to mention if I purchased an after-market 750GB SSD for let's say $1000, I will end up with an additional 500GB stock SSD that I could for other purposes, which means the "real cost" of new 750GB SSD is actually less than the $1000 "price"? Am I making sense?
     
  25. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    In either case, it seems like you end up spending more than the $400 it would have cost you to have purchased a RMBP with a stock 750GB. :confused:
     

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