How much free space do you have on your Mac?

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How much free space do you have on your Mac?

  1. Less than 10%

  2. 11-25%

  3. 26-50%

  4. 51-75%

  5. 76+%

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  1. MRxROBOT macrumors 6502

    MRxROBOT

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    If I don't stay on top of it my 512 GB internal drive gets down to only 5-10% free storage. Lately I've been able to stay around 25% free storage. How is everybody else faring with their free space? What is your regimen to keep free space, if you have one.
     
  2. cerberusss macrumors 6502a

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    In 2013, I got the 13" MBA with a 128 GB SSD. It's been full since the day I bought it :) not a great idea but I had a budget at the time and wasn't willing to budge.
     
  3. MRxROBOT thread starter macrumors 6502

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    That would be tough for me to get by with, than again I'm sure I'd fill up a 1TB pretty quickly too just because the space was there :D
     
  4. Howard2k macrumors 6502a

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    256GB, with 171GB free. I keep my music, movies, and photos on a NAS so don't keep much stuff local at all. And it's only been a month or so.
     
  5. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    I have a 2TB fusion drive with 1.84TB free... of course that's largely due to the fact that my 5K iMac is only about 3 weeks old. Give me time.

    :D
     
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  7. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    Anyone find it absurdly greedy that Apple doesn't allow you to upgrade your SSD?

    There's no technical reason that it couldn't be done, only monetary ones.
     
  8. JackieInCo macrumors 601

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    I have anywhere between 100-200GB free of the 512GB on my 2015 MBP.
    My 2012 Mini has about 900GB. It's an iTunes server and all movies/TV shows are on externals or in the cloud.
    My 2012 MBP has about 200GB.
     
  9. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - What are you talking about?
    When ordering your machine, you can select anywhere between 128 GB and 1 TB. You can buy Apple SSDs off Ebay and swap them out post-purchase. And there are third party options available for all models.
     
  10. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    I should be able to buy a new SSD from Apple, not try my luck with a SSD from eBay or use an inferior third party SSD.
     
  11. JTToft macrumors 68040

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    - Alright. Apple has never sold individual internal components to customers, and I think you'd be hard pressed to find any other computer manufacturer that does.

    Not selling something is a far from not allowing you to upgrade it...
     
  12. MacAlien macrumors 6502

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    176.74GB left of the 1TB SSD on MBP
    1TB out of 1TB on 2012 iMac I wiped and stored in the closet. =P
     
  13. ThisBougieLife macrumors 65816

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    When I had my 256 GB SSD Mac, I had like 5% space left. It was not enough at all.
     
  14. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    That's weird. I ordered parts from Dell multiple times before.
     
  15. throAU macrumors 601

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    I've got a 13" 512 GB with about 55% free space (270 GB or something).

    It's not always free space, but i keep most of my stuff on my NAS, and use the free space on it as required - if i need to copy a bunch of stuff when away from home, if i need to spin up a few virtual machines, need to work with some raw video, etc.

    i.e., it's used for work and cleaned (stuff migrated to my NAS) when i no longer need the stuff there.


    Running with less than 15-20% free space will make it awkward for your system to keep free space contiguous, give it no space for temporary files when dealing with large data sets, increase wear on your SSD, no space for local time machine backups, etc. So yeah. Try to keep some free space :D
     
  16. Mr. McMac, May 7, 2016
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    I keep most my media files on my external 2tb Seagate drive

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  17. MacInTO macrumors 6502a

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    I could never manage with 512GB. Have a 1tb SSD installed. I also have a second SSD, but it's only 128GB. I'm just testing the optical bay with that one. I'll probably get a larger SSD soon.

    This is in a 13" 2012 MBP.

    [​IMG]
     
  18. MRxROBOT thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The proprietary connector irks me :cool:
    --- Post Merged, May 7, 2016 ---
    Grab a second 1TB and stripe them :D
     
  19. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    Not at all. You buy the configuration you want from them. Otherwise, there are options. They may not offer "official" options after the fact, but they don't stop you. And they don't sell you the parts. Probably no different than other laptop/desktop manufacturers.
     
  20. Starfighter macrumors 6502a

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    84 GB free on an 128 GB SSD. I only use this machine for couch browsing though.
     
  21. ajay96 macrumors 6502

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    I have 75GB free out of 128GB SSD. Changes depending on the virtual machines i have on here. :p
     
  22. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    1. No, I cannot buy whatever configurations I want. Money is a constrain. I am not Price William.

    2. I can buy parts directly from Dell. HP sell parts through its part retailers.
     
  23. dwfaust macrumors 68040

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    I'm not Prince William either, but I am still capable of buying what I need.

    And, again, Apple may not sell parts directly to the end user, but parts are available.
     
  24. tubeexperience macrumors 68030

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    I buy what I need. If I need 256GB now, I buy one with 256GB SSD. If I need more later, I upgrade later.

    I don't have a pile of money laying around to be buying the high end specs out the door.

    Also, when you said that parts are available, I hope you don't mean eBay.

    Sure, I can buy a used 1TB SSD with 30 days returns from eBay for $800, but if it fails on the 31th day, I am SOL.

    And then there are third party alternatives that are inferior (slower, runs hotter, consume more power, don't support Boot Camp, TRIM, etc.)
     
  25. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    I always try to maintain about 100gb free on my 512 SSD. Sometimes I drop below that but then perform a cleanup as soon as I can. I have a Mac Mini Server that is backed up offsite that I use for archiving large files I want to keep. I also delete many of my bad photos that have no sentimental or artistic value.
     

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