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richard13

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Aug 1, 2008
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Hey guys!

So I've pretty much gotten down my configuration:

27" Late 2013 iMac
  • 3.5GHz Quad-core Intel Core i7, Turbo Boost up to 3.9GHz
  • 8GB 1600MHz DDR3 SDRAM - 2X4GB
  • 512GB Flash Storage
  • NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780M 4GB GDDR5

But I've been thinking… do I really need 512GB of internal storage? I currently have 200GB of used space on my existing hardware so 256GB would be tight. But, I believe I can slim this down by getting rid of things I don't necessarily need to keep. If I can live with 256GB I can save the $300 extra cost of the 512GB. But would it be practical? Could I even still use Boot Camp on such a relatively small drive with my data on it as well?

So, how would I mitigate having a small internal SSD?

  • Leverage free SSD space on my MBP
  • Start using iCloud and SkyDrive more often
  • Get a wireless external storage such as WD My Cloud
  • Use external HD/SSD attached to iMac (would really rather not do this)

Are we moving in a direction where your data mostly lives outside your computer on servers? Or is this all pie in the sky? :p Should I just get the 512GB SSD anyway? At least then all my data is in one place.

Thanks!
 

Bear

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Get the 512GB or you'll be constantly cleaning up both the boot camp and OS X partitions to keep enough free space for smooth operation.
 
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propower

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Jul 23, 2010
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I have 256 and its fine -

But I can never have more than just system and programs.

If you ever want fast external storage via TB you will be better off to just get a bigger internal SSD.... sure USB3 is cheaper but you only have 2 full speed simultaneous USB3 lanes. For really fast stuff TB is the way to go...

lets say 512GSSD - ~$350 -
TB case - ~$150 (and very hard to find!)
$500 for 500G external

1TB external - $600+$150 = $750

Mine as well just pay the apple tax for internal - of course I figured this out for myself too late :)
 

Shivetya

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Jan 16, 2008
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Get 512g if not just for resale value.

256g might be too small to resale a few years down the road. People will point at your small SSD and giggle "its so cute, its like a real SSD but only SMALLER" :p
 

jg321

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Aug 29, 2012
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Until you said Boot Camp I thought 256GB would be fine. I think you need 512 if you're going to be using that.

I purchased the 256GB one, and it's just about OK for me, but no Boot Camp!
 

Maomaomao

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Oct 28, 2013
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I changed my order from a 1 TB Fusion to a 256 Gb SSD. I like to control what goes where, and 256 Gb is more than enough for the programs and OS.

I do have a dedicated external hard drive for audio and video though.
 

richard13

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Aug 1, 2008
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Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Get the 512GB or you'll be constantly cleaning up both the boot camp and OS X partitions to keep enough free space for smooth operation.

Good point. You are probably right, Bear.

I have 256 and its fine -

But I can never have more than just system and programs.

If you ever want fast external storage via TB you will be better off to just get a bigger internal SSD.... sure USB3 is cheaper but you only have 2 full speed simultaneous USB3 lanes. For really fast stuff TB is the way to go...

lets say 512GSSD - ~$350 -
TB case - ~$150 (and very hard to find!)
$500 for 500G external

1TB external - $600+$150 = $750

Mine as well just pay the apple tax for internal - of course I figured this out for myself too late :)

Hmm… I hadn't thought of TB drives being so expensive but you a probably right.

Get 512g if not just for resale value.

256g might be too small to resale a few years down the road. People will point at your small SSD and giggle "its so cute, its like a real SSD but only SMALLER" :p

ROFL! I love this!

Thanks to everyone for your responses! I'm pretty sure I'll go with the 512GB SSD now! :)
 

alksion

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Sep 10, 2010
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Orange County CA
Get the 512GB or you'll be constantly cleaning up both the boot camp and OS X partitions to keep enough free space for smooth operation.

Bear recommended me the exact same thing in my own thread. It is more pricey, but now that it's ordered, I know I made the right decision.

I'll be installing windows 8.1 in boot camp and will give it at least 100-200GB's. There goes almost half of my 512 right there. That really made me reconsider the 256.

Go with the 512 my friend!
 

cledet

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Mar 26, 2012
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San Francisco, CA
If you ever want fast external storage via TB you will be better off to just get a bigger internal SSD.... sure USB3 is cheaper but you only have 2 full speed simultaneous USB3 lanes. For really fast stuff TB is the way to go...

I disagree. USB 3.0 is insanely fast and much cheaper than Thunderbolt. 5Gbps equates to 640MB/s. That's faster than most SSDs on the market today.
 

richard13

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Aug 1, 2008
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Well, it's official! I submitted my order this morning for the configuration in my original post with a delivery date between Nov 9 and Nov 14. ;)
 

alksion

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Sep 10, 2010
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Well, it's official! I submitted my order this morning for the configuration in my original post with a delivery date between Nov 9 and Nov 14. ;)

Congratulations! I have the exact iMac coming in November 8-12.

Please do tell me if it gets shipped with mavericks as well as mavericks on the box. I am little worried about this, thanks.
 

richard13

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Aug 1, 2008
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Sautee Nacoochee, GA
Congratulations! I have the exact iMac coming in November 8-12.

Please do tell me if it gets shipped with mavericks as well as mavericks on the box. I am little worried about this, thanks.

Thank you and congratulations to you too! Yay!

Funny thing… I was going to order last night and they gave me the same date range as you but I decided to sleep on it one more night and ordered in the morning.

I will definately let you know what happens with my order. Please do the same. :)
 

alksion

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Sep 10, 2010
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Orange County CA
Thank you and congratulations to you too! Yay!

Funny thing… I was going to order last night and they gave me the same date range as you but I decided to sleep on it one more night and ordered in the morning.

I will definately let you know what happens with my order. Please do the same. :)

Awesome! I appreciate it. I would be quite disappointed if you got and I didn't. It would only be by a few days.
 
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