Resolved rMBP 128gb or 256gb?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by baconegg, Nov 12, 2015.

  1. baconegg macrumors newbie

    Nov 12, 2015

    I am looking to purchase my very first rMBP and I don't know which one to purchase: the 128gb or 256gb?
    I have a couple of songs in my itunes, but I don't think it'll take up too much space. I also don't have any movies/videos stored in my current desktop. Also, I don't keep a lot of photos on my current desktop. Although I will be keeping a lot of documents because of school- I am currently in high school and I wish to use the rMBP for my post-secondary education, which is not until 2018. (I want to take up marine biology or virology- if that means anything in regards to my purchase of a rMBP)

    As of the moment, I am leaning towards the 128gb, but I am very indecisive! What do you think?
  2. Queen6 macrumors 603


    Dec 11, 2008
    Enjoying Better Things
    256, 128 will become burdensome fast, with the 256 upwards models having far greater longevity.

  3. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    Just be aware that you can't upgrade the SSD on these Macs as easy as you can on older machines. You can't just drop in a standard SATA-based SSD; instead you have to replace it with another Apple blade SSD that was pulled from another machine. So be sure that you are comfortable with 128GB in the long haul -OR- be prepared to upgrade to a new MBP once you fill the SSD.
  4. Striker-UMB, Nov 12, 2015
    Last edited: Nov 12, 2015

    Striker-UMB macrumors regular

    Feb 15, 2010
    Or he/she could simply delete old files, or transfer the not so important files to an external drive. You are never going to need 100+ gig's on any given day so it is definitely manageable for the average consumer. A lot of people tend to buy the bigger hard drive option, but what usually happens is they'll fill 75% of the drive's capacity and only actually use 25% of it. Everything else is just wasted space that will probably hardly, or never be used again.
  5. T5BRICK macrumors G3


    Aug 3, 2006
    I'd go with the 256GB SSD. 128GB just isn't enough.
  6. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    I had an old laptop with 128GB a few years ago, and that was a royal pain. I can only imagine the issue has amplified over the years. I'd definitely go with the 256GB storage option.
  7. Mike in Kansas macrumors 6502a

    Mike in Kansas

    Sep 2, 2008
    Metro Kansas City
    I put a 128GB SSD into a 2008 iMac some years ago, as at the time that was all I was willing to spend on an SSD. I couldn't bring myself to spend so much more compared to the cheap spinning platter disks it was replacing. Plus, I told myself, I had TBs of external storage so why did I need an internal drive larger than 126GB?

    Well, it didn't take me too long to realize that I enjoyed the speed that the SSD provided, not just for applications but in accessing files, images, etc. I was spending more time constantly keeping that drive clean, as well as moving stuff back and forth trying to optimize my storage. It got replaced with a 256GB drive in less than a year.

    OP - heed most people's advice, and go larger than what you think you'll need. This is especially true in a laptop, where you don't always want to carry an extra drive along with you AND even more so in an Apple laptop that currently has a very poor upgrade path.

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