MBA 11" - travel machine - is 64 GB SSD enough ? (or how do you manage it...?)

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by sveintj, Aug 17, 2011.

  1. sveintj macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009

    I am about to pitch an MBA 11" as my travel machine (and partly office machine) for my boss. Due to buying restrictions the 11" with 128GB is probably difficult to get approval for. We use a centralised Citrix solution, but I will need local copies of MS Office for when working at airports/trains etc.


    1) is 64GB enough ?
    2) For those of you who chose this, how do you manage so far ?
    3) Is a later thirdparty SSD upgrade fata-morgana ?
    4) Tips/tricks on how to use this with that limitation ?

    Thanks for any replies.

  2. miles01110 macrumors Core


    Jul 24, 2006
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    Whether or not 64 GB is "enough" is up to you. Working with Citrix/Office shouldn't take up that much space by itself, but if you put other media on the machine space will disappear fast.
  3. sveintj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    I guess other media would be some music to take with me with travelling and the occasional movie for when flying.

  4. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Yes for office, and basic apps. You'll quickly run low on storage if you start adding music/videos to itunes but I think you can add some

    I use a NAS for storing my LightRoom images that do not fit on my SSD and archive documents/files that I won't need. In a corporate setting a file server would work similarly.

    Check out OWC for SSD upgrades for MBAs

    No real tricks other then using NAS/external storage to handle some large documents/files
  5. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    I have an MBA 11 with a 128 gig SSD and have Office installed. I keep almost all files on my network drive or Dropbox. I also use Parallels with a Win7 Premium virtual machine. I am using 66 gigs of the SSD. I do not have my MBA with me to see what the Win7 VM is using but I'd guess at least 20 gigs (?).

    So, without Parallels and the Win7 image, I'd be using approximately 40 gigs. So, a 64 gig SSD could support your requirements.
  6. sveintj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    Thanks, that OWC upgrade looked pretty forward. I guess prices will come down as well as times goes by. This is good as there is a way forward should 64 GB prove too little.

  7. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    The prices for some of the OWC SSDs dropped yesterday. The 240 gig came down $42.
  8. Asmod4n macrumors member

    Jun 18, 2011
    2GB RAM is NOT enough, for anything besides web browsing, try and get the 4GB model.
    You can't upgrade the RAM.
  9. newdeal macrumors 68020

    Oct 21, 2009

    agreed that if you are running office etc you would be better off with 4gb of ram than 2gb and since you can't add any later you are better off spending the 200 and getting double the ram and double the storage
  10. sveintj, Aug 17, 2011
    Last edited: Aug 17, 2011

    sveintj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    I forgot to say in the original post that I will be within our limit after upgrading to 4GB RAM, so that was the plan all along. It is only the 64 GB SSD that concerns me a little...
  11. glen e macrumors 68030

    Jun 19, 2010
    Ft Lauderdale

    For travel, hell yeah, it's enuf, unless you are in imovie and other hd uses. I did 2 months outta hotels with 64 and primarily used it for office, keynote, web, etc...more than enuf for gen business work.
  12. theSeb macrumors 604


    Aug 10, 2010
    Poole, England
    128 GB is the absolute minimum that I live with, considering how much space the system and the hidden partition takes. I would seriously rethink your plans to get the 64 GB, unless you're willing to carry around a portable HDD. I would recommend the Samsung M2 - brilliant, little drive.
  13. onefish2 macrumors member


    Oct 10, 2006
    Nanuet, NY
    I have a corporate issued MacBook Pro. I swapped out the spinning drive for a 128GB SSD last year. This is my main and only work machine. I have many apps lots of data and a VM that is currently at 37GB. You can absolutely use a MBA with 64GB for a work/travel machine.

    At the moment I have 41GB free.

    2GB should work for you at a minimum. You can do more than web browsing with 2GB.
  14. alecgold macrumors 65816


    Oct 11, 2007
    I can't manage with it. I have 30Gb of parallels, around 35Gb of documents and work related stuff that I want to have with me all the time, then around 20Gb of programs, 6Gb of email and other stuff.
    So I went the whole nine yards and bought the i7 256Gb 11".

    But if you have lion, that would take around 15-20 Gb, then office, 800mb of iWorks, then some other program's, a bit of music, but not to much and you easily have some 20-30Gb left.
  15. DaLurker macrumors 6502

    Mar 30, 2006
    If you don't need to store media files (pictures, music) and don't need a virtual machine, than 64GB should be enough.

    Once you start putting music, pictures and VMs on, 64GB will run out very soon.
  16. sveintj thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 27, 2009
    Thanks everyone for great replies. I have enough information now that I can continue on the path with an 64GB option. I do have Parallels on my current laptop, but uses it very very seldom, so I can live without that on a new ultraportable.

    Again, thanks to you all !


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