I just bought a Mac Pro with 128gb. Is it enough?

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  1. bowlboundgman macrumors newbie

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    I have my new macbook pro sitting unopened in front of me and I am wondering if it has enough space? This is my third macbook in 12 years. I am currently using 113gb on my old one but I have many unwanted files... I also have a 500mg external drive if need. I really dont want to spend the extra 200 for the larger internal drive. What do you think? I was also thinking about only transferring my photos and music and a few files. I think they will take up about 80gb. What do you think is best? Thanks again for any help!
     
  2. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Would be too small for me, is your external drive your backup? If so it should stay as a backup and you should size the machine big enough, or get another drive as backup to both. Money either way, or inconvenience and risk.
     
  3. bushido Suspended

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    i got about 55GB left on mine after nearly 2 years. however most of my documents are stored on dropbox, pics on flickr (only the most recent and sorted pics r actually in my iPhoto lib), music on itunes match / spotify as well as videos and more on external drives
     
  4. Meister Suspended

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    A good set of common apps uses up about 20gb and leave about 5gb for swaps just in case. Leaves you with about 100gb of storage. That is plenty for a lot of folks and very little for others.

    You alone know how much storage you use. Noone can advise you on this.
     
  5. simonsi macrumors 601

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    Just fyi but Dropbox still keeps your files on your machine as well as the server, it doesnt save any local disk space....
     
  6. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    If you store all your media on the external hd, it is plenty.
     
  7. bushido Suspended

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    it does when i disable some of the folders within the desktop client ;)
     
  8. Jesla macrumors 6502

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    After 2 years I still have 89.63GB free however I do use a 1T external for most storage and backups.
     
  9. repentix macrumors regular

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    I normally have a 120GB SSD in my notebooks, mostly due to the hefty price of higher capacity SSD's. It's enough for me. as I only have my OS and programs on my main drive, my media is stored on my NAS. If you use your storage efficiently then you could even manage a 64GB SSD!
     
  10. slipper macrumors 68000

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    It wouldn't be nearly enough for me. In a day with large megapixel camera's and HD video's, i would think 256gb is minimum.
     
  11. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816

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    It's way more than enough for me, and not nearly enough for others. My main computer has a 32 GB SSD.

    If you store your photos, music, and videos on an external drive, it should be fine. Those files are usually what take up the most space.
     
  12. iapplelove macrumors 68040

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    My iPhone almost uses all its 128gb lol my Mac has almost 500gb on it
     
  13. jjahshik32 macrumors 603

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    To the title, I don't know you tell me? Lol, its based on per user's usage.
     
  14. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    I can manage a 30GB volume. ;) Even 20GB.
     
  15. repentix macrumors regular

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    with or without the OS and software?
     
  16. cjmillsnun macrumors 68020

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    It all depends how you use your computer.

    On my first rMBP I specced up the SSD to the max available at the time. (512 GB). I got nowhere near filling it, as I got into the habit of backing up to my NAS as soon as I had an internet connection. This rMBP has a 1TB SSD, but only because it was replaced under AppleCare (they gave me a top spec to replace a top spec.) In reality I could get away with 128 GB.
     
  17. poiihy macrumors 68020

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    With the OS and some software

    Any junk i need to keep I just put somewhere else
    I can upload to some cloud thing if I don't have an external device.
     
  18. Gav Mack macrumors 68020

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    I would be tempted to leave it sealed and get a 256gb it is prudent to run ssd storage nearly full like it will be when you migrate it over.
     
  19. lokster macrumors 6502

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    128gb is way too small for a laptop, IMO at least 500gb is required.

    i use 200gb for my videos,books,music,apps for my ipad/iphone

    then around 50 gb for apps for the laptop including games and software
     
  20. nudoru macrumors regular

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    My iTunes library is over 100gb.

    256gb is as small as I'd ever recommending - you should plan for usage changes and give yourself room.
     
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