Should I get 256gb or 512gb on the MacBook pro for college?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Enchanted21, Nov 23, 2016.

  1. Enchanted21 macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2016
    So I have been wanting a MacBook pro with the touchbar for college in 2017 and I am already saving up for one. I have already been accepted into pre-veterinary school, but I don't know what size of the storage is good for me, a 256gb or 512gb, in what I want to do in college? What do you think is best to get?
  2. Awjvail macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
  3. kevinkyoo macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2016
    Have a lot of stored local music? Files? Do you think you'll use the storage a lot for school? How much did you use on your previous devices?
  4. xraydoc macrumors demi-god


    Oct 9, 2005
    If this is your only computer, then I might think about 512GB (or more), especially if you have a 128GB+ iPhone and/or iPad that you are going to sync to it (versus doing everything via iCloud), or if you need to keep all of your media with you.

    Otherwise, 256GB may be sufficient, especially if you have an external drive at home or a cloud service like DropBox.

    On my 256GB MBP, I have 140GB free, but its not my only computer, I really only keep the files I need on it and I don't sync my family's iPhones/iPads to it.

    And make sure you have a solid backup plan.
  5. double329 macrumors 6502

    Sep 10, 2008
    I started off with 13 MBA with 256GB, it was rough at first but you then leaned to be more discipline. 256GB was not a real issue afterward. But if you really worry, portable external space is always a good option and they come very cheap. I have the 512GB now on my 2016 MB. I still have 430GB free... I learned to manage the space very well now a day.
  6. Rian Gray macrumors regular

    Rian Gray

    Jul 13, 2011
    NJ, United States
    It really depends on how you set it up. If this is your only computer, 512gb is advisable but 256gb is still manageable with proper workstation setup. (e.g. external hdd on desks, store files on cloud, etc) But for the sake of future-proof, I'd recommend 512gb.
  7. Enchanted21 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 23, 2016
    I don't have a lot of files or documents for school right now, but I think I will have more documents for college for essays and that. I do have a lot of music on my iPod touch, which I can use for my music and not so much on the computer. But, I would sync a lot from my iPod to the computer.
  8. kevinkyoo macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2016
    256 should be okay then.
  9. AlexRez macrumors newbie


    Nov 8, 2016
    Do you need special programms?
    If you need programms like Xcode, Photoshop etc. , then go for the 512GB.

    You could also try to use clouds or external storage.
    I guess 256GB is fine when you don't have programms that need a large amount of storage.
  10. New_Mac_Smell macrumors 68000


    Oct 17, 2016
    256gb would be absolutely fine for you. Documents and stuff are unlikely to be more than a couple of gigs.

    Consider 512gb if you can afford it as it's always handy to have extra. But you don't need it. You could always get an external later down the road if it becomes an issue (You'll want an external storage solution either way to back stuff up!).

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