Is 128GB enough storage on the MacBook Pro?

Discussion in 'Buying Tips and Advice' started by CatherineVeraGat, Jun 5, 2017.

  1. CatherineVeraGat Suspended

    May 6, 2017
    I'm thinking of getting the new entry level MacBook Pro that costs $1,299. Is 128GB enough storage on the MacBook Pro?

    I'm also thinking that if I'm running low on space, I will just buy a external storage device that offers 1TB for just $59.99.
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    After the OS you'll have around 100GB free. Is that enough for you? We can't answer that, only you can.
  3. Anonymous Freak macrumors 603

    Anonymous Freak

    Dec 12, 2002
    It really depends on what you're going to use it for. I use cloud-based storage for many things, but not for work items. I'm using 83 GB on my MacBook Pro, plus a 36 GB Windows/Boot Camp partition.

    So I could squeeze in to 128 GB (I have 256,) if I needed to. (Also, if I only had a 128 GB SSD, I'd probably have a smaller Windows partition.) I have my photos stored "in the cloud," and is smart enough to clear local storage when needed - it's taking 25 GB right now, but if I were to really run low on space, it would delete more from my local storage.
  4. smallcoffee macrumors 68000

    Oct 15, 2014
    North America
    Personally, I don't think it's enough. The reason for this is that it harms the user experience. You'll worry about managing your files, and that isn't fun. Just spend the extra money, or wait.
  5. chscag macrumors 68040


    Feb 17, 2008
    Fort Worth, Texas
    I agree with the previous post. Since the flash storage drive is soldered to the logic board, there's no updating the drive later on. And external storage is never as fast or convenient as the on board one. Get the 256 GB.
  6. Ace2617 macrumors regular


    Mar 16, 2016
    I also recommend 256 GB. When I was getting my rMBP, I opted for 256 over 128. I don't use a ton of space, but I just didn't want to have to worry about it. Currently, I've used just a bit over 100 GB.
  7. redheeler macrumors 604


    Oct 17, 2014
    Apple is up to their old tricks I see; lowering the storage to advertise a lower starting price, knowing that 128 GB isn't enough for most people and they'll end up having to go to the next tier for more storage anyway and pay the same amount as before.

    Unless your usage is very basic (web browsing, document storage, maybe a small amount of compressed photos/videos), or plan to use with an external drive most of the time, 128 GB will fill up very fast. Considering the MacBook Pro is meant to be a portable machine, having to carry around the external drive is an added hassle; and performance is not as good as the internal SSD when trying to access those files.
  8. akadafni macrumors regular

    Nov 8, 2015
    No. believe me the storage will go fast with downloads, pictures, music, etc. get an iPad if you only want 128. For a Pro model which most people consider an investment I would go with higher capacity on the MBP.
  9. dacreativeguy macrumors 68020

    Jan 27, 2007
    Not really. These days a good rule of thumb is to buy one step up from base on any Apple product. Apple offers the base models to hit price points, but the next step up is usually a more livable config. 128 GB goes faster than you think. Modern apps are really bloated. MS Office is 7.5GB - for creating text and spreadsheets!!! If you have an iPhone, your photos are very high resolution and will suck space if you sync with your Mac. And don't forget that you need to keep at least 20% of your drive free for MacOS to use for virtual memory. That's 24 GB! Otherwise your whole computer will be slow. Unless you are buying as a secondary computer, get at least 256 GB.
  10. ApolloBoy macrumors 6502a


    Apr 16, 2015
    San Jose, CA
    For me 128 gigs isn't gonna work, I've got about 125 gigs on my rMB and that's after I removed files I wasn't using anymore.
  11. kiwipeso1 Suspended


    Sep 17, 2001
    Wellington, New Zealand
    For me, 256GB is just too tight for what I bought it for. There's just not enough room to do programming and run a small windows bootcamp.
    I would suggest that you weigh up what you're going to use it for, and see how large the apps are on the MAS, then add 10% for virtual memory and add in the MacOS.
    However, if you are always on an unlimited wifi network & you don't mind leaving things on iCloud (which may mean being locked to a subscription), then you could get away with a smaller SSD and just put up with slow reloading of iCloud documents.
  12. 960design macrumors 68030

    Apr 17, 2012
    Destin, FL
    Not for me, but maybe for you.
  13. tibas92013 macrumors 6502

    Jun 2, 2013
    Costa Rica
    Go 256SSD which I have on my MM(Late 2014) and I am a light user with only 20GB of Space left.
  14. padams35 macrumors regular

    Nov 10, 2016
    128GB is plenty for the OS and key files/applications, but for everything else you will soon be relying on external storage. In fact, if you go that route I'd suggest planning data division from day one. However, while parking an SD card or low profile USB drive in an otherwise rarely used port wasn't a big deal on the 2015's do you really want to tie up one of your only two ports on the nTB MBP?
  15. CrystalQuest76 Suspended

    Dec 14, 2015
    West Cost A Lot
    If you take lots of photos and have a large video and music collection, then the answer is 'No.' You can save most of those items on an external drive and plug it in when you need those items or collections. If you are going to be doing any multi-media production you will likely want additional storage but can work with external drives (it will slow down rendering time). If you need to run Windows on your machine, with either BookCamp or Parallels then you will definitely need more built-in storage.
  16. Or1ando macrumors newbie


    Jun 2, 2017
    You are already concerned about needing space. Get peace of mind and go with at least 256.
  17. nahkampfwombi macrumors member

    Jan 7, 2016
    Currently working @128GB MBA 11".
    Its no fun at all.
    The moment I try to import my GoPro videos from a day full of adventures the 128gb are a real bottleneck.
    I do not have many programms nor do I have a lot of other stuff.
    Just the OS, some photos/files and the GoPro vids I try to import.

    I would recommend 256gb.
    This should be the sweet-spot.
    U can quickly import things without any worries.
    Coming home u can transfer them to an external drive.
  18. ShufromChina macrumors member


    May 23, 2017
    Jacksonville, FL
  19. AFEPPL macrumors 68030


    Sep 30, 2014
    I try to keep all my data externally to the device (on two replicated NAS drives) for both security and ability to use across multiple device reasons. My 128GB MBP has @70GB free, so yes its more than doable. But as always it depends on your workflows and if its to be your only device.
  20. Isamilis macrumors 6502a

    Apr 3, 2012
    I bought MacBook Air few years ago for light use like writing, paper preparation and watching movies with 128gb. It only 1 year before I finally upgrade the storage to 256gb, even though I already brought 2 TB external disk everywhere. It's just inconvenience to plug every time you use the computer.
  21. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    Point of order:
    I used a 2010 MacBook Pro from April of that year until December 2016 -- and only used up about 45gb of the total drive space over 6.5 years.
    BUT… it wan't my "main machine". Strictly for portability and light browsing. Little of importance ever kept on it.
  22. theluggage macrumors 68040

    Jul 29, 2011
    It depends entirely what you're doing.

    If you're doing email, wordprocessing, spreadsheets, browsing and social media - probably. You'll probably be OK for a modest music and photo collection, too.

    Anything else, you're likely to want 265GB or more.

    The contents of your current hard drive should give you a clue...

    Yes, there's always external storage, but you're paying for an ultra-portable notebook, so carrying around a separate drive shouldn't be your first choice. Also, remember that the entry-level MBP only has two holes to plug things in, one of which is needed for the charger, so if you're not careful you'll be carrying a drive and a multi-port hub to connect everything.
  23. CrystalQuest76 Suspended

    Dec 14, 2015
    West Cost A Lot
    i am all for saving money but that amount of storage is very low. The great thing about Macs is they last a very long time, and over the long time, you will want to store all your documents, photos, and videos on the device (must quicker than an external drive). I recommend going a step up with storage.
  24. mvikred macrumors newbie


    Nov 21, 2017
    Bengaluru, India
    My take is a little different and it might be because I am biased (I bought a128gb MacBook Pro). But my logic to justify that is the following. Wireless activity and cloud based solutions are on the rise. NAS server at home, that I already use and also increasingly Store most of my important documents on Google Drive. That leaves us with Movies and Music - both I stream. Apple Music, Spotify, Netflix, & Amazon Prime video and Music. I don’t think there is a need to store data anywhere anymore. Not in large volumes anyway , unless you are a professional video editor dealing with 4K files and large RAW images. I click and edit RAW from my DSLR sometimes but that’s just a one off. Can’t justjfy spending $250 extra today.
  25. Trusteft macrumors 6502a


    Nov 5, 2014
    Larger SSDs have longer life expectancy. Anyone planning to keep using one for a long time, should get a higher capacity drive than they need.

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