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BuePod Calculating status...
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Jun 26, 2011 7:24 AM

I purchased my MacBook Pro about 3 months ago. . . i went w/ the 350GB hard drive.... I've got all my music and photos + other stuff loaded, , and remain w/ about 90GB free....... I do however, dabble in video editing, , and I do delete my projects once completed and burned to DVD - question is, at what point of "free space remaining" do I get concerned that its getting too little?   At that point, I'd certainly consider moving music to my external hard drive - but, if I don't have to, I'd prefer not to......   I know that dwindling amounts of free space can directly impact performance.....


Suggestions most appreciated!

Macbook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.7), iPhone3G / 5G 60GB Video iPod / iPod Shuffle
  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Jun 26, 2011 7:30 AM (in response to BuePod)

    The OS needs tens of GBS free to operate. I hate to be quoted specifically, since it can vary for each user, but let's say ten percent in your case. Just remember that at you'd be walking a thin line at such a level tho, so do what you can to keep more.


    I'd look to have the internal replaced and then move it to an external enclosure, perhaps....but I think 350 is much too small for any use these days


    Visit OWC for new drives....they may also have a service to swap yours out if you don't have the time, skills etc.

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    Jun 26, 2011 7:34 AM (in response to BuePod)

    You want to maintain at least 15% free space so the system has breathing room. In that case at least 52.5 Gb's free. When things get tight get an external HD and archive.

  • K T Level 7 Level 7 (23,215 points)
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    Jun 26, 2011 7:43 AM (in response to BuePod)




    Upgrading your ram or hard drive won't automatically void your warranty.


    Yes, if you buy an external, you can move files to it that are not required to be kept on the internal.


    You'll find video editing will use up drive space quickly. I'm trying to get you to move way up so you don't keep juggling files and buying too small externals. I get nervous when I have less than 350GB free and don't buy anything smaller than 3TB these days

  • BennetW Calculating status...
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    May 2, 2012 8:00 AM (in response to BuePod)

    Try to put importent stuff on your Hard Drive and then restart your mac and hold Apple R  I think and you should get to a window that has these different option, chose disk utility and when it opens up click on your drive (Macintosh HD) and choose Erase and then click erase, when its done restart and hold the same buttons and the click on Re install lion or somethin like that and it will re install LION, and the you will have a lot of free space

  • sig Level 8 Level 8 (35,770 points)
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    May 2, 2012 11:54 AM (in response to BennetW)

    BennetW I hope you realize you are responding to a post that is 10 months old. June 26, 2011 the OP could not have Lion installed in as much as it was released July 19, 2011. I trust by now the OP has resolved that issue.

  • schang42s Calculating status...
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    May 2, 2012 5:30 PM (in response to sig)

    LOL... that's funny....


    it's a good bump tho..

  • BennetW Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    May 3, 2012 12:42 PM (in response to sig)



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