Living with only 128 GB...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by imac abuser, May 7, 2015.

  1. imac abuser macrumors 6502a

    imac abuser

    Mar 1, 2004
    I just got the new MacBook Pro 13" Retina w/ 128GB. I love the MacBook however what is up with the 128GB how are you supposed to live with that and not be 75% full...

    I do have the new 27" iMac 5K with 3TB fusion drive, 32 GB of ram and 4gb of video and Quad-Core i7 4.0 ghz. That thing is a beast.

    I wanted to get the new MacBook but decided besides the design it sucks so I went MacBook Pro because it has connections and things.

    I thought hmmm I can get a 256GB SDXC class 10 card and slip in there for more memory. However I get the card and the slot only takes the card half way. That's not going to work... So I'm going to send that back.

    I feel like I have this great laptop that's limited by a ***** small HD. How do we survive with a nice budget laptop that isn't a fancy netbook???
  2. SE43 macrumors member

    Apr 2, 2015
    I originally purchased a 128gb and I understand it can be difficult.

    I highly recommend picking up a JetDrive Lite, this fit flush (Well, an extremely small lip) with the side of the Macbook and they are pretty fast as well, they're available in a number of different sizes, I picked up a 128gb one. They're also rated for Max 95mb/s read and max 60mb/s write so not too bad.

    But other than that there's not a lot you can do with Apple using proprietary SSD's. I ended up going for the 256gb model and that is much better, but still use the Jetdrive just to take strain from the main SSD.
  3. iamnotme macrumors regular


    Jan 24, 2015
    SW Ontario, Canada
    I almost bought 128 as well but ended up with 256. I use netbeans for Java coding, got some other apps for image editing, Xcode, Adobe acrobat pro and some others, but also have Win8.1 in Parallels which has Visual Studio 2010/13 and a bunch of others, also an Ubuntu VM and still have 100gb free so I know I could survive on 128 but don't really want to. My next machine will have 512 for sure.
  4. Freyqq macrumors 601

    Dec 13, 2004
    i'd recommend putting all media on an external drive. Programs alone rarely use 128gb
  5. nj-morris macrumors 68000


    Nov 30, 2014
    I love how on iOS devices with 128GB people are saying that they have so much freedom, then on OS X people are struggling to save up on storage. This is one reason why I prefer iOS.
  6. 556fmjoe macrumors 65816


    Apr 19, 2014
    What are you storing on it? Can you offload any or all of it to an external drive or remote server? My main machine has a 40GB HDD and I have plenty of space.
  7. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    You are comparing apples to oranges. Comparing the two in terms of space needed borders on ridiculous. They are two very different platforms, aimed at two very different products.
  8. mlts22 macrumors 6502a

    Oct 28, 2008
    The Transcend JetDrive Lite, or another disk that goes in the SD card slot is a given. That will give you enough usable space for most day to day tasks, especially with the 256GB card as mentioned above. Depending on things, you can move applications, documents, and one's home directory between drives for optimal performance.
  9. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    By the time

    you have bought a jet drive and a 128gb micro sd card to go in it you might as well have spent a few extra dollars and got the 256gb version with superfast PCIE storage apples prices are not that bad for these upgrades IMHO....
  10. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    Buy a laptop with the storage that suits your needs. Apple offers larger drives for a reason. I went with the 512GB model because I knew the smaller drives wouldn't work for me.

    Your laptop isn't a fancy netbook, you just didn't buy a device that fits your needs. If you needed a larger drive but didn't want to spend more, there are always other options.
  11. kick53rv3 macrumors newbie

    May 3, 2009
    Los Angeles
    they have the bigger sizes if you are willing to fork out the price difference, I find my 256gb barely enough for what I want and have some space left over

    apple has been notorious for doing this and apple stuff is not suppose to be budget friendly, they still sell 16GB iphones so their starting price stay "budget friendly"

    lowest tier mac products are all pretty much unusable for power users and aimed towards people that wants apple but dont want to fork out for the apple brand
  12. imac abuser thread starter macrumors 6502a

    imac abuser

    Mar 1, 2004
    Really I'm not looking to store tons of music and all that maybe a few things here and there for a trip. Photos are done on the iMac so it might be a temp storage or work on the fly kinda thing. Maybe I'm just scared by the number.


    LOL, I just "forked over" 3,500.00 + for my new iMac in March. I'm not cheap perhaps budget is the wrong word.


    I guess I can live with the card sticking out halfway. I just wish it would be flush to look nicer.


    Perhaps I'll get that Airport Time Capsule or just remote into my iMac.
  13. henrys macrumors regular


    Feb 14, 2012
    Im sorry ): no one should have to suffer like you do.

    I got 256 and even thats not enough,

    I got one of these
  14. Mr.C macrumors 601

    Apr 3, 2011
    London, UK.
    That's just ridiculous and your comparison makes no sense what so ever. As someone else said you're comparing apples to oranges. iOS files and apps are far smaller in size then full blown computer software and most regular files.


    I've done some reason and it looks like the largest JetDrive available for the 13" Retina MacBook Pros is currently 128GB. The 256GB version is only available for other models.

    That said I got the new 2015 13" Retina MacBook Pro with 512GB option and have about 150GB left at the moment. I did contemplate getting the 1TB upgrade but decided the extra £400 wasn't worth it. I'll probably get a JetDrive or get the similar Nifty Drive with a micro SD card and use an external drive for my non iTunes media. I previously had a 750GB standard HD in my Mac Mini so it is a bit of a down size but I've learned to get rid of stuff I never use which takes up unnecessary space.
  15. simonsi macrumors 601


    Jan 3, 2014
    What a whine :D I run an 11" MBA with only 64GB, 128 would be a luxury - but I bought it specifically for travel so it doesn't need to do the heavy lifting, I keep my 1.5TB MBP for that.

    Just because Apple sell a particular drive size doesn't mean you have to buy it or keep it, if you discover it is the wrong size then you still have the 14 day return period to correct your error...or run with external storage as suggested.
  16. dmccloud macrumors 6502a


    Sep 7, 2009
    Anchorage, AK
    That's not even a valid comparison. iOS has a completely different use model than OS X, and applications are built differently between the two.


    Unless the card reader is different in the 13" rMBP, anything that runs in the 15" should run in it as well.
  17. yomibro macrumors regular

    Feb 24, 2008
    I also just purchased a new rMBP 13" 2015 but opted for 16GB of system memory upgrade over a bigger SSD, can't upgrade the system memory since its soldered once it leaves the factory but the SSD is removable so I figured get a bigger SSD down the road once I reach that point. :)
  18. brdeveloper macrumors 68020


    Apr 21, 2010
    JetDrive Lite or specific microSD adapters which fit properly into your SD slot will solve the issue. In a couple of years, we'll have affordable 256GB options, so even if you don't want opening your Macbook for upgrading the PCIe SSD, there are good perspectives for increasing your Mac storage in the upcoming years.
  19. Synergie macrumors 6502a

    Jan 15, 2011
    Halifax, Canada
    The drives in these things are not the same as normal SSD drives?

    I have a 13" MBP (non retina) and just swapped out my HD for the 480 Gb AMD Radeon SSD. I was at 180 Gb used roughly and I do a lot of photo edits so.... 128 Gb? yucky!

    But I guess all photos could be stored on an external drive. but that's just a pain in the butt.

    Can you order the original drives for these things in larger sizes? Like actual OEm parts or does it only come in 128 Gb?
  20. ShaYk3rZ macrumors newbie


    Feb 12, 2015
    Man this is non sense. You're showing off your huge budget for an iMac and still you can't buy a cheap jet drive for the MacBook Pro that would fit just perfectly and certainly work even better than the one you have in your SD slot?
    Sorry, I can't get it.
  21. yjchua95 macrumors 604

    Apr 23, 2011
    GVA, KUL, MEL (current), ZQN
    Because SSDs don't come cheap, especially the custom-made SM951-based PCIe SSDs used by Apple.
  22. ilvmd macrumors newbie

    May 5, 2015
    i could live with having 128 gb. i hardly have 5gigs of stuff besides the operating system on my 1 tb hard drive.
  23. snaky69 macrumors 603

    Mar 14, 2008
    No they aren't.
  24. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    They use a "blade" style SSD that doesn't have an enclosure. Check out ifixit for some examples.

    You can upgrade the SSD to 256GB, 512GB and 1TB. There are other things that upgrade along with the SSD, so it can get expensive, but the OP just didn't buy the right computer for their needs.

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