just how much storage?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kp98077, Apr 24, 2019.

  1. kp98077 macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2010
    So, I purchased a 2018 MBP TB 256, but I just realized that the storage it is already occupied with ~81.93GB of the 256GB with "system" storage + my photos of 70GB + Misc. of 20GB, that puts me at a total of 171GB of 256GB (or 67% full) already! wondering if I should have got the 500GB. I didn't think I needed that much space.
    The configuration I got was also 8GB of RAM.
    Wondering what the best configuration would be without gong broke-lol
  2. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2015
    Only you can say for sure how much storage is enough...

    Do you have external drives you can store data on?
    Are you using iCloud (w/ a fee) to offload storage?
    Is this your only computer and you intend to "do it all"?
    Do you store a ton of stuff on your device or leverage various cloud sources?
  3. kp98077 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2010
    Thanks ! No external drives for me. That’s too much to do extra :). I do use I cloud but for some reason it still counts in cloud and on computer. I’m sure it’s something I just don’t get ...seems odd I’m
    Already so close to the 256 mark
  4. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2015
    If you're using iCloud be sure to enable Optimize Storage and it will automatically purge iCloud stuff from local storage when needed.

  5. currahee2100 macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2009
    Honestly, this day and age, 128GB baseline is insane and 256 is not cool. But you can’t really dwell on it now unless you’re within the return period.

    I thought 128 would do it but it was clear I was going to do more. Returned it and got the 256. Then returned that when the 512GB model went for cheaper than 256. 512 should be the baseline or 256....
  6. kp98077 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2010
    thank you and that is helpful, saved me about 20GB... :)
    --- Post Merged, Apr 24, 2019 ---
    yes! 128 is a joke....I am still well within the return period and Best Buy now has the 500gb model -250 off...hmmmmm
  7. Howard2k macrumors 68020


    Mar 10, 2016
    I use 256GB locally and NAS.

    Don’t forget you also need a backup strategy and if you’re using external storage of whatever kind you need to incorporate that into your backup strategy.
  8. treekram macrumors 68000

    Nov 9, 2015
    Honolulu HI
  9. currahee2100 macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2009
    If you buy it, keep an eye out. I was able to buy a touchbar 512GB 13" for 1499 at Best Buy, 1399 after a $100 off coupon. They may lower it and you could get a price adjustment. That was a one day sale, so really keep an eye out..
  10. Lee_Bo macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2017
    Greenville, SC
    Today my minimum specs on any computer is 500 gig SSD and 16 gigs ram.
  11. Jaekae macrumors 6502a

    Dec 4, 2012
    return it and get that 500gb one, youi future self will thank you if you want to thie computer to last long time without external drives
  12. Glockworkorange macrumors 68000


    Feb 10, 2015
    Chicago, Illinois
    I think you can save some storage if you optimize iPhoto storage and leave them in the cloud.

    Go to Photos-Preferences-iCloud check "optimize Mac storage."

    Not sure how much iCloud space you have---if you're just using the 5GB free tier, probably won't be useful.
  13. PeterJP macrumors 6502


    Feb 2, 2012
    Leuven, Belgium
    Have you tried removing apps like GarageBand that are installed by default if you don't use them? GarageBand by itself can take several gigabytes. Use an app like appcleaner to remove related files that are not in the applications folder.

    I have a late 2013 256gb and it's been juggling for space since not too long after I bought it. But then I had a company doing video analysis and I’ve been playing around with virtual machines. Next one will probably get 1TB.
  14. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    OP wrote:
    " ...with "system" storage + my photos of 70GB + Misc. of 20GB"

    Think long and hard about this:
    Do you really, really need 70 gigabytes worth of photos on the internal drive?
    How many of them do you regularly look at...?

    I'd get a good external (even an external SSD, these are small, easy-to-carry, reasonably priced), and off-load a lot of that stuff.
  15. MSastre macrumors 6502


    Aug 18, 2014
    For me it's 1tb and 16 gigs of ram, but I mess with video. Also a firm believer in external drives, both for extra storage and back-ups.
  16. Lee_Bo macrumors regular


    Mar 26, 2017
    Greenville, SC
    And I go one step further. During a photo shoot, I dump all SD card images to an external drive. When I get home, I dump that external drive to a computer with an external drive that's also being backed up via Backblaze.
  17. kp98077 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2010
    When was this?? The best I saw for that price was TB 256....
  18. currahee2100, Apr 25, 2019
    Last edited: Apr 25, 2019

    currahee2100 macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2009
    It seemed like it was a one day sale :( last Friday. Well, I checked that Thursday and didn't see it until the next day. It was gone Saturday. I also had a $100 off student coupon.

  19. kp98077 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Oct 26, 2010
    . Did you just see it on their web page?
  20. jaduff46 macrumors 6502


    Mar 3, 2010
    Second star on the right....
    I’d go (and I will when I upgrade) with at least 16GB and 500 SSD as @Lee_Bo suggests. Agree with @Fishrrman on offloading the pics to an external SSD and the suggestions of others to use an external SSD for backup.
  21. currahee2100 macrumors regular

    Feb 9, 2009
  22. mroy16 macrumors regular

    May 28, 2017
    I have 184 of 250 GB used on my 2016 MBP. Since I'm not planning on adding any more content that requires large amounts of disk space, this is just fine with me. Do you anticipate your storage needs increasing in the near future? There's nothing wrong with 67% usage if you don't plan on using up the remaining space any time soon. Anything below 90% is perfectly fine.
  23. BeatCrazy macrumors 68000

    Jul 20, 2011
    Isn’t the real question- why does he have 82GB of system storage?
  24. Dave245 macrumors 604


    Sep 15, 2013
    When buying a new MacBook is it always 81 gig that’s taken up by system? Also does anyone know how much Final Cut Pro will take up when adding it to the build to order option on Apple’s website? 512GB may be my option when I buy a new Mac.
  25. PVDHell macrumors member

    Sep 4, 2018
    I’ve got the 500’ish GB model, it feels cramped when I start working with video. I’ve got a few TB of external SSD’s on order which will help.

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