Im in the process of ordering a 17inch macbook pro and need it for school (web design and interactive media) Im not sure what type of hard drive to get or if I should just stay with the standard. So heres the options: Your MacBook Pro comes standard with a 5400-rpm Serial ATA hard drive. Choose a hard drive with a faster speed for greater performance. Or you can choose a solid-state drive that offers enhanced durability. Learn more The larger the capacity (in gigabytes, or GB) of your hard drive, the more space is available to store your files and applications. A typical application today may take 10 to 50 megabytes (MB); photos may take up about 2-4MB each; graphics files can occupy more than 100MB; and video files are often many gigabytes in size. MacBook Pro also offers an optional 128GB, 256GB, or 512GB solid-state drive, which has no moving parts for enhanced durability. All drives come formatted in the Mac OS Extended file format for efficient storage of your data. Important note: For hard drive capacity measurements, 1GB = 1 billion bytes; actual formatted capacity less. 750GB Serial ATA Drive @ 5400 RPM 500GB Serial ATA Drive @ 7200 RPM 128GB Solid State Drive [Add $90.00] 256GB Solid State Drive [Add $450.00] 512GB Solid State Drive [Add $990.00] I have no problem with adding $99 to the price but the upgrade options for $450 and $990 is pushing it for me unless you really think its necessary and please explain why you think I should get what you recommend. Thank you. If you are knowledgable about the other upgrade options I would appreciate input on those too.