rMBA SSD Storage Choice

rMBA SSD Storage Option

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macrumors regular
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Aug 23, 2012
After reading a bunch of post about people here choosing their storage option, it appears that most are upgrading to the 256 GB SSD at least instead of getting the basic 128 GB SSD. Just wondering what choice you made or will make in the future? And maybe most are getting the 128 GB SSD? Only interested in the storage at this time!


macrumors 68000
Oct 17, 2016
Really depends on what you need, not what other people need. For many 128GB is plenty, for many 1TB is not enough... At least they offer different storage options for people who have different requirements.


macrumors 65816
Sep 18, 2007
My current Air has 512 and I have 60 free. Backup to a Samsung T5 SSD - 1 TB.

Going for 16 - 512. Wife gets the base model and fills half of it.


macrumors 604
Sep 15, 2013
I intend to get the 512GB option when I place my order soon, I keep a lot of documents in my iCloud Drive and also save them to an external hard drive. The main reason I’m getting the 512 is so I have enough storage for OS updates in the future and to install Final Draft and Pixelmator Pro, anything that I create will then be saved to iCloud Drive.


macrumors regular
Apr 18, 2018
without knowing your usage patterns, i voted for 128gb. this is because you can get a 1TB samsung T5 for $200 (500gb for $114). this means that you have to manage your storage actively, but i will say a T5 is also quite portable.


macrumors regular
Original poster
Aug 23, 2012
Well with only a few votes in apparently I was wrong and 512 is the top pick. Who knew, apparently not me :) Of course this could change and the 128 GB and the 256 GB are almost tied. I will say that probably most non techie consumers would choose the 128 GB storage. But I am probably wrong there too, as my family always say's it doesn't have a 500 GB HD that spin's, me knowing they never ever use that much! Kind of funny though. And when I start talking about SSD's and retina, or screen resolution I know I have lost them, as well as it should be. They just want a computer that will last is thin, and the very basic stuff, for surfing, email, social networks, etc... Like them trying to tell me about cooking, my ears close immediately :) Even in the tablet's I try to explain this and they just want a tablet to use, period! And I totally get it.
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macrumors 6502a
May 23, 2016
Middle East
I'm still on the fence as to wether to get myself one. If I do it will be a 128gb version.

Reason being for me is as follows:

- I have 2TB iCloud Drive
- I have a really fast 128gb Lexar Jump Drive P20 This is the drive speed, which is plenty fast enough.
Screenshot 2018-11-06 at 10.39.11.png

If I find that is starting to get slow then I will purchase this:


- I have a 5TB USB 3 Seagate External
- I have a apple USB-C to USB adapter https://www.apple.com/uk/shop/product/MJ1M2ZM/A/usb-c-to-usb-adapter.
- My current rMBP has a 512gb SSD and this is the current state of the storage (I've had this computer for nearly 3 yrs)
Screenshot 2018-11-15 at 08.02.51.png

So for me the only decision is do I get 8gb or 16gb RAM. My current rMBP has 8gb 1866mhz and I never have any issues. So the 8gb 2133mhz should suffice in the MBA.

I will be getting my wife a 256gb/8gb machine so will see how that is before I decide wether to change my early 2015 13" rMBP or wether to wait for WWDC 2019 and see what happens with the 13" MBP.
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