is 120gb ssd enough?

jetjaguar

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I dont wanna run 2 hard drives .. im looking for an ssd for my laptop .. i dont really store stuff on my laptop .. just use it to browse the net .. emails .. maybe a few photos .. and writing papers and doing presentations for school .. do you think 120gb is enough ?
 

Hellhammer

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Definitely, just make sure you won't fill up the SSD too much or it will slowdown. You can always get an external HD for photos, music and movies etc
 

jetjaguar

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ill have an imac which i will store everything .. mainly just wanna speed up my laptop .. hopefully i wont have to do any video editing on the go or im gonna be in trouble

edit .. how much space does snow leopard take up ? the only programs ill have installed is like ms office and maybe iworks for keynote and some chat programs etc
 

Hellhammer

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ill have an imac which i will store everything .. mainly just wanna speed up my laptop .. hopefully i wont have to do any video editing on the go or im gonna be in trouble

edit .. how much space does snow leopard take up ? the only programs ill have installed is like ms office and maybe iworks for keynote and some chat programs etc
Apple says you need 5GB of free space for Snow Leopard. 120GB will be more than fine for you, you won't even use half of it lol
 

magamo

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Why don't you check the sizes of folders for videos and stuff you don't cram in your MBP? Subtracting the sum of them from the current usage gives you a good rough estimate of your necessary capacity. Usually videos and music take more space than normal apps and such.
 

sn0warmy

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Before I even turned my MBP on for the first time I installed an 80GB SSD and put the standard 320Gb hard drive in an external enclosure. I now store my music, movies, and giant folders of pictures on the external.

I've filled 30GB of space on the SSD with OSX, CS5 master Collection, iWork, iLife, Office '08, and other random applications. With the availability of sites like grooveshark.com and Hulu.com, there really is no reason to fill your internal hard drive with music and movies anymore.
 

jetjaguar

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thanks .. im seriously considering picking up a 120gb owc drive .. and using my imac im gonna get to be a storage device with externals attached to it if need be
 

vsighi

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Nope...

I just want to let you know that my 128 Gb SSD is NOT enough for me. My iTune alone was 40 Gb...
Now I upgrade to a Crucial 256Gb SSD so I can store my GAY PORN :eek: ha,ha,ha

To be honest I want more space then speed...
 

jetjaguar

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my itunes would be on my imac .. wouldnt store anythign on the mbp .. just documents for school and presentations .. etc .. hopefully i dont have to edit any video on it
 

sn0warmy

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my itunes would be on my imac .. wouldnt store anythign on the mbp .. just documents for school and presentations .. etc .. hopefully i dont have to edit any video on it
Even if you do have to edit video, take your stock internal drive and put it into a 2.5" enclosure. It isn't much larger than an iPhone with a case. You can carry the external with you in your bag and plug it in to use as the scratch disk when you edit photos or videos.

It's good practice to use a secondary hard drive as a scratch disk for editing photos/videos anyway since it clears room on your boot drive and speeds the whole process up.
 
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