256GB on a rMBP 13": is it sufficient?

almost 5 years ago from , Web Designer, Lyon

I'm considering buying a 13" rMBP and am trying to make it as cheap as possible. I was wondering is 256GB flash storage sufficient for a designer who mostly uses - Sketch, Ps, Illustrator, Framer, as well as all the modern tooling needed to develop apps/websites these days.



  • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, almost 5 years ago

    A more elegant solution for storing archived project would be getting a NAS (you can use something like the MyCloud as a time machine too, and I'm pretty sure apple's own Time Machine can be used for standalone storage).

    This means you'll have 2/3TB of space accessible directly from your computer to store archived projects and larger files and a time machine - which saved my ass more than a few times.

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    • Nathaniel PeralesNathaniel Perales, almost 5 years ago

      Have you personally used the "MyCloud" hard drive? I'm usually super skeptical when it comes to WD (had like 3 that failed on me). But I'd love to have an external at home that gives me access to anything I need when I'm out and about. Is the software clunky?

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      • Cristian MoiseiCristian Moisei, almost 5 years ago (edited almost 5 years ago )

        I have a 2TB MyCloud that I am using as described above.

        The good:

        • it's cheap compared to Apple's.
        • it works most of the time and transfer speeds are impressive.
        • you can access it remotely and they have iOS and Android apps. you can also give other people access to shared folders.
        • controlling it is pretty easy from the web dashboard and to access it from inside OSX you don't need a third party app, it will just show up as a server in the sidebar.

        The bad:

        • it's not very reliable. It's fairly picky about your network and OS (time machine worked only about half the time until I upgraded to Yosemite, I can't access it from the sidebar in El Cap but it is a beta to be fair).
        • you can't use it as if it were an internal hard drive - it's simply not fast enough for that and it takes a few seconds to load when first connecting to it.

        My recommendation is to get the Apple one if you don't mind paying extra - I haven't tried it but they have reasonable return policies.


        Here are some shots from the dashboard.

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      • Farbod FaramarziFarbod Faramarzi, almost 5 years ago

        If you don't trust WD you could buy a Synology DiskStation (NAS) and use any disk brand you want with it.

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    • Shane CShane C, almost 5 years ago

      Thanks this sounds like a good option!

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  • Richard Oliver BrayRichard Oliver Bray, almost 5 years ago

    Yep 256GB should be fine. I'm currently rocking on 128GB and have over 70GB free.

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    • Shane CShane C, almost 5 years ago

      Concise. To the point. Thank you sir for influencing my decision. I went ahead and bought the 256GB

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  • Nikhil NNikhil N, almost 5 years ago

    Hi Shane,

    256GB should be more than sufficient. I would recommend storing/archiving non-working copies on an external USB3 or Thunderbolt drive (whatever you already have or your budget permits).

    A quick explanation on working copies: 1. Say you'll be working on files A.sketch, B.sketch and C.psd, copy those over to your rMBP's drive and work off those. 2. Once you're done, move those over to the external drive. You could even consider just copying them over instead to keep a healthy mirror, but this will end up in consuming disk space on your rMBP. 3. When you need those files, copy them back.

    If your budget futher permits, I'd recommend investing in an external drive to be solely used as a Time Machine backup drive. This may sound pointless right now, but believe me, when all hope is lost, it'll save your bacon.

    Good luck with the purchase, and congrats.

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    • Shane CShane C, almost 5 years ago

      Thanks for the details. I was really worried about a story about Sketch where it took up a load of space in a mystery location on someone’s Mac.

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      • Nikhil NNikhil N, almost 5 years ago

        Yes, while that is still true, it's easy to flush those files out and regain space, without losing the actual files.

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