Storage Space

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by jdotwu, Jul 14, 2013.

  1. jdotwu macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2013
    I know this topic has been beat to death, but I got to ask.

    I am all but ready to pull the trigger on the 2013 MBA i5/8gb ram.

    My only concern is the 128gb vs 256gb debate.

    I was originally all set on getting the 128gb. I have about 20gb of iTunes media and I do like taking photos on my DSLR (RAW Format). Keep in mind, I usually snap hundreds of photos but end up only keeping at most 10 good shots. The rest are usually trashed. Given my busy schedule, I'd be lucky to be able to take my camera out once a month.

    I recently stopped purchasing music on iTunes and have pretty much transitioned all my music listening to Spotify.

    This will be my primary machine. I will mainly be using it to surf the web and do some photo editing with Lightroom. I do not plan on gaming on this machine. I also do not plan on dual booting both Mac and Windows. I have a separate work laptop that satisfies my Windows needs.

    Now, back to my original point of me being set on getting the 128gb. My girl got the 2012 13" MBA 128gb for her bday last year. It's her primary machine as well. She has 2gb of audio, 23gb of movies, 5 gb of photos, 20 gb of apps and 70 gb of other. She has 1.93 gb free. I had her restart her laptop (she said she doesn't remember ever shutting down/booting up since she got it last year) and we re-checked the storage. She now has 13 gb free.

    Looking at her system got me concerned about the 128gb model. She uses the laptop to surf the web and Photoshop. She's not what I would consider a power user and she's struggling with storage. I am concerned that if I get the 128gb I will regret it very soon. I just have a really hard justifying the extra $200 for the 256gb. I would hate to purchase extra storage only to not use it. The extra $200 could go towards another product (Apple TV, maybe?).

    Just to put my situation more into perspective, I currently have a 16gb iPhone 4s. I plan on getting the iPhone 5s later this year (16 vs 32 gb will be another issue as I'm currently struggling with the 16gb). I also plan on getting an iPad mini whenever/if it gets the retina screen (32gb vs 64gb is another decision for me). Lastly, I plan on either getting Mac Mini w/ Thunderbolt display or iMac (no storage debate here, 1TB Fusion :D) but this won't be late 2014 or even 2015.

    Given my potential setup, my girl's storage issue, and my usage, what does everyone think?
  2. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Tell her to delete some of those movies? What's other? Ie, What kind of files are they?
  3. kierennyc macrumors regular

    Dec 3, 2008
    128gb is not a lot for a primary machine.

    I had the 11' 2012 256gb model. After a year I had almost filled it and was (in my opinion) feeling a slow down in performance as a result. External storage was of course an option for non essential files, but Im just one of those people that like everything in one place.

    I just bought the 11' 2013 model with the 512gb option.

    My opinion is go as high as you can.
  4. ylrd macrumors member


    May 25, 2013
    Those 13GB free upon reboot might be the deleted caches and trash.

    If I were you, I'd get the 256GB model so I'd never worry about running out of space or having to plug my external HD to backup non-essential files.

    But 200 bucks are 200 bucks, so if you don't wanna spend the extra cash, pick the 128GB model and save all the non-essential files into an external HD.

    And about your GF, why doesn't she save her 23GB of movies in an external HD? Does she watch them everyday? Sounds like a waste of space since movies are the heaviest kind of files and pretty much nobody needs them all the time on their HD.
  5. jdotwu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2013
    We were trying to figure out what all the "Other" stuff was as well. Some of it might be movie files that are not recognized as Video files.

    But I still find it kind of outrageous that she had 60gb+ of "Other" files.

    If money was not an issue, I'd get 11/512/8gb/i7 in a heartbeat. I want to make sure I'm not (and this sounds silly but...) buying too much storage.

    Keep in mind, I do not plan on doing any gaming or booting Windows. All of my music listening is exclusively on Spotify. The only thing I can see taking up space are my movies (which makes no sense to keep more than 2 or 3 at a time) , my TV shows (which also makes no sense to keep more than 5 or 6 episodes at a time), and my photos (which I plan on getting a Time Capsule 2TB). Other than that, how much space can a word documents take???

    Actually, as I'm writing this, I wonder why this hasn't been discussed before.

    Why not save the $200, get the 128 gb, and use the saved $200 add another $100 and get the 2TB Time Capsule?
  6. jdotwu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2013
    I actually told her to save her files on an external. She's too lazy to do it. :rolleyes:
  7. ylrd macrumors member


    May 25, 2013
    Guess she can't complain about running out of space then :p
  8. TC25 macrumors 68020

    Mar 28, 2011
    Yes, it has and the answer doesn't change, regardless of the details in the question. If you can afford it, get the 256.
  9. RightMACatU macrumors 65816


    Jul 12, 2012
    Keep in mind that external storage (HDDs, DVDs, USBs) can also fail without notice.
    I make the point of having 2 copies of my files at all time on 2 seperate drives.
  10. antjefferson macrumors newbie

    Jun 22, 2013
    Spent the extre $100 and get the 256gb - you will never regret it. Conversely, if you don't, you probabably will wish you'd upgraded. I ordered the 256gb MBA, and also plan to use a 64gb micro SD card for time machine backups.
  11. jdotwu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2013
    Hard drive failing is another concern of mine. Which is the same reason that instead of getting a 64gb memory card for my DSLR, I carry multiple 16gb/8gb cards.

    I was thinking, with the $200 that I'm saving, couldn't I get the 128gb and spend an extra $100 and get an Airport TimeCapsule (2tb)? I'm surprised this solution isn't recommended more often. Thoughts?
  12. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    I was just about to recommend it. I still think you should get the 256 GB AND the TimeCapsule. You can then show your GF how to move her movies and such to the TimeCapsule.

    The other benefits would be faster read/writes (the 256 is faster than the 128) automatic backups to TimeCapsule, and increased internet speeds for you and the new wifi on the NEW TimeCapsules. And IF you can afford it get the 3TB over the 2TB.
  13. jdotwu thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 14, 2013
    Valid point. But for the automatic backup to TimeCapsule. Why would 128 vs 256 make a difference? I would think that if I have a 2 or 3 TB external TimeCapsule storage that having a 256gb SSD would make less sense.:confused:
  14. neteng101 macrumors 65816

    Jan 7, 2009
    Get 256GB, especially if you're using it as a main machine and store most things onboard.
  15. Jefe's MacAir macrumors 6502

    Nov 21, 2010
    256 reads and writes faster than 128. Regardless of storage space on the Air, the new TimeCapsule supports a faster connection, "up to 3x faster", and ALL the new Airs also support this new connection.

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