Is 128GB enough?

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  1. alehen macrumors member

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    How much space do you need? Is 128GB enough on a Macbook Pro?
     
  2. Donoban macrumors 6502a

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    Depends what you want to store on it. If you're happy with your private video and photo collection being stored on an external storage device then 128gb would be good.,

    You want to run VMs, install some big software products (video editing?), etc.

    Only you can answer this question as it depends on what you want to do.

    I've got 256gb on my mac mini and I have less than 100 gb free. I have office, a few VMs, music, Xcode, etc.
     
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    No. People get all excited that apple has made these things so slim and light weight, then they carry extra storage, dongles, etc... With them, because it's too thin to hold all they need.
     
  5. mikes70mustang macrumors 68000

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    If all you use it for is email, music, and internet browsing. If you want to do anything related to photos, music production, video, etc. then you will regret having such low space.
     
  6. orion10 macrumors newbie

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    Nope. Not enough. I need at least 256 GB and I don't store a lot of video on my current computer. It's just files, documents, etc.

    512 GB seems to be a common size if you look at the Refurbished Center on Apple's website. In the end, it depends on what your current use is. Use it as a gauge as to what you need in your new computer.
     
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    Probably a good idea. For me 128GB is enough, but if you have to ask you'll probably be better off getting more.
     
  9. glenthompson macrumors 68000

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    It's plenty on my iPad but nowhere near enough on my MBP with about 300gb used. Some people can get by with that much, others need lots more.
     
  10. maflynn Moderator

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    128GB for me quickly was filled up, I'd recommend the 256GB :)
     
  11. rev.b macrumors regular

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    For me, 512Gb minimum. And that was a huge downgrade from the 1 Tb storage I had in my '11 17" MBP.
     
  12. Meister Suspended

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    Honestly I dont need 256gb for daily needs. I could just move rarely used files on a external but it helps not having to do this.
     
  13. mcarling macrumors 65816

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    128GB is enough for many people, but for many others it is not enough. Apple were offering 64GB for the MacBook Air until mid-2013.
     
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  15. Zuxor macrumors newbie

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    Definitely enough for me but It's not my main computer.
     
  16. bobr1952 macrumors 68020

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    I'm pretty lean on what I save to my SSD but for me, it would be a bit too tedious to try and conserve enough space to keep adequate headroom for 128GB. I would definitely recommend going up to 256--what I have on my rMBP. It is about 18 months old and I have used 96GBs--plenty left of 256--but would be a little tight for 128.
     
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  18. jakespeed macrumors member

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    I completely agree. My work machine (no media or video) needs less than 75gb for source code and apps. If you have photos, videos or music. Double that or more depending how how big your libraries are.
     
  19. rapicell macrumors regular

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    Completely depends on your needs and uses. Personally, 128gb isn't enough because that's the size of my iTunes library and apple really should stop with the crap and put good sized storage options without charging 5207592592572 dollars just because they can =\
     
  20. Barney63 macrumors 6502a

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    I have 256GB which seems plenty for me.
    I've used 137GB though so couldn't manage on 128GB.
    I do keep all my music and movies on external storage though.

    Barney
     
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  22. lambertjohn macrumors 6502

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    I agree. It's not enough. At a minimum, get 256 GB. For future work, and for future resale value.
     
  23. QCassidy352 macrumors G3

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    There's no way to answer this in the abstract. People who work with large size photo and video files need terabytes upon terabytes of storage. People who mostly use office applications and web based services for things like photo storage video streaming could probably get by with a whole lot less than 128 GB.
     
  24. Septembersrain Contributor

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    Everyone will have different uses. If you are intending to keep it a while and/or don't mind spending a bit more, go with the largest one you can get. May as well.
     

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