How much space does the system take up on a brand new Air?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by parlem, Aug 30, 2016.

  1. parlem macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010
    Hi! I'm considering a MacBook Air for my son but I'm in two minds about the size of the HD. 128Gb is very small, but Apple charges such a premium for SSDs, that the price of a 256Gb model puts me off.

    Could anyone on here kindly tell me how much space is actually available on a 128Gb brand new Air?

    Many thanks in advance.
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors 604


    Nov 23, 2011
    Around 16GB for the OS.

    Just to take recovery partition/formatting space into consideration, the absolute worst case scenario is about 100-105GB free from brand-new.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    There is about 8GB of the drive set aside for over-provisioning, then about another 20GB used by the OS and the included iLife and iWorks apps. So new out of the box the drive will have about 100GB free.
  4. parlem thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 10, 2010

    Thank you both, that's good to know!

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