SSD 64GB MBA storage question.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by steve31, Jan 16, 2008.

  1. steve31 macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    Does anyone have a guess as to how much space would be left "out of the box" with Leopard installed? I know I can shave Leopard down a bit with taking out the crap but I cant remember:confused: who much space was used up when i first turned on my MB (sold to buy the MBA) THNXS for your input.:D
  2. MacsAttack macrumors 6502a

    Jul 2, 2006
    If I remember from when my MacBook was young, think it was about the 30GB used out of the box. I'm up to 60GB used - but that includes a couple of VMs. With Leopard, iLife 08, iWork 08, Office, and the Adobe CS3 suite installed that runs to around 40GB including data. I don't use it for an iTunes library.

    So I figure about half the drive will be used from the SSD on the MBA
  3. Queso macrumors G4

    Mar 4, 2006
    One thing's for certain. I don't think Boot Camp's going to be possible.

    SSDs are definitely the future, but when they get to 128GB I'll start thinking about them seriously. That shouldn't be long now.
  4. ls10flpanyc macrumors newbie

    Jan 5, 2008
    I believe you are correct...when I first got my MacBook, it showed that it had the total capacity for 232 GB and of that, 209 GB was available, so ~30GB is used by Leopard, iLife, and other standard software.
  5. techlover828 macrumors 68020


    Jun 28, 2007
    you got a 250 gig hard drive for your macbook? I'm impressed.
  6. Consultant macrumors G5


    Jun 27, 2007
    64 gb is more like 60gb.

    Default Leopard Install is 9gb. I think that includes 2gb of driver.

    Yo do the math... I would carry around a 2.5" drive.

    Bootcamp is possible. Probably better on external drive.

    128gb SSD is $3000 last time I checked.
  7. djellison macrumors 68020

    Feb 2, 2007
    Pasadena CA
    250 gig in my MB as well. Got a WD Passport 250 Gb, ripped it out, swopped out the drive, put my old MB drive in.

    SSD's are not a mainstream solution yet. Nearly - and premium options like this, and others similar from other manufacturers, are hopefully going to be the catalyst to tip them into the category of mainstream.

  8. n8236 macrumors 65816

    Mar 1, 2006
    Trim Leopard by removing iDVD/Garageband/etc if you don't use it. Also, the extra language files and printer drivers.
  9. steve31 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    I used "monolingual" to remove the extra languages in my MBP but what do I use to remove the printer drives?
  10. pr5owner macrumors 65816

    Jun 10, 2007
    a 250GB drive is not a 250GB usable drive.

    you take 93.7% of the advertised total, and thats what you have for usable space.

    manufactures like to rip ppl off by saying 1GB = 1000MB which is a complete lie. bytes are not measured in units of 10, they are measured in units of 2 (binary)

    2^10 = 1024, so in reality 1GB = 1024MB

    a 250GB drive is around 234.25GB usable maybe less after formatting and stuff.
  11. watergun macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2007
    I am using a 64GB SSD on my MBP and the usable size is 59.6GB.
  12. steve31 thread starter macrumors 6502a


    Jul 20, 2007
    Edmonton Canada
    Thats before the mac os x install right? Also whats your general opinion? Thnxs
  13. watergun macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2007
    Yes, 59.6GB is the total usable size. If I were to buy a MBA, I would go for the SSD one. :D 4200rpm HDD is just too slow for me.

    What I like the most from SSD:
    - fast, really fast (FYI, I am using Mtron 64GB with 100MB/s read, 80MB/s write) - I never time the booting time etc but it's really fast and most applications open instantly
    - No more hot palm area above where the HDD resides
  14. netdog macrumors 603


    Feb 6, 2006
    How big a difference has this drive made in terms of battery life? Boot times? App loads? Anything else?
  15. watergun macrumors regular

    Oct 19, 2007
    I don't think I can get significant batt life improvement from my SSD. But honestly I never timed it before and after. And changing drive in MBP is a pain in the back :D

    Boot times - with QS, growl, smcFancontrol, SteerMouse and tons of other startup applications, I can boot Leopard around 20secs.

    App loads - just let me know if u have specific apps u want me to test. Just for general ideas: Word 2008 ~ 3secs, Excel 2008 ~ 2 secs, PowerPoint 2008 ~ 4secs and Photoshop CS3 ~ 2secs.

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