Do macbook pros slow down if you have less hard drive space?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by dk808, Sep 11, 2016.

  1. dk808 macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2015
    Lets say you have a 512 gb ssd. If you used about 350 gb of it and had about 150 gb left, would it be slower than a mbp pro that has 300 gb left?
  2. blasto2236 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    No. The only time hard drive space effects performance is when you have almost none left. In that case, applications that rely on cached space have none to work with and therefore slow to a crawl. This applies on a MacBook the same as it does on an iPhone, PC, or any kind of computer with storage.
  3. dk808 thread starter macrumors 6502a

    May 13, 2015
    What would you consider as almost none? Like less than 20gb?
  4. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
  5. blasto2236 macrumors 6502a

    Nov 4, 2012
    I'd say that's relative to overall hard drive size. Anything less than 25% of my overall capacity and I start cleaning house. I like to keep mine between 50-60%, personally. Even that is probably overkill, I just like having wiggle room if I wanna go crazy and download a ton of stuff. I also have a 128GB hard drive in my rMBP.
  6. irontiger82 macrumors member

    Sep 2, 2011
    My 512MB 13" started to bog down around 20-10gb left free....running smooth right now at 80GB free

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