Is 128GB enough?

alehen

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How much space do you need? Is 128GB enough on a Macbook Pro?
 

Donoban

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

Count Blah

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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.
 
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mikes70mustang

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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.
 

orion10

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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.
 

glenthompson

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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.
 

rev.b

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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.
 

Meister

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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.
 

mcarling

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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.
 

bobr1952

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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.
 

jakespeed

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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.
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.
 

rapicell

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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 =\
 

Barney63

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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
 

QCassidy352

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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.
 

Septembersrain

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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.