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    Feb 01, 2011
    What SSD size for OS X?

    I am new to these forums, and I would like to ask a question.

    What is the recommended size of drive that can comfortably accomodate OS X? I've got a 320 GB Hard Drive on my Mac Mini, and I plan to install an SSD, and install OS X on the SSD - and use the 320 GB drive as a storage drive -. As we all know, high performance SSD's are expensive, and I'd like to get the exact, appropriate size, needed to run OS X smoothly.

    Thank you in advance for you replies.


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    harryb2448's Avatar
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    Nov 28, 2007
    Nambucca Heads Australia
    iMac, i7 4GHz, 32GB memory, 1TB Blade Drive, OS X.13.4
    G'day and welcome to the forums.

    Use a 60GB Mercury Extreme and finds it fills the bill with Snow Leopard and applications using up about 16GB,
    Hang on to those original install discs like grim death! Using OS X.7 or later make a bootable USB thumb drive before running Installer!

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    robduckyworth's Avatar
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    Jan 04, 2011
    Reading, UK
    15" MBP, 2.5GHz i7, 750GB, 6770M 1GB, iPad 3, iPhone 4, custom PC
    it doesnt really matter how big it is. its really how much you need and want. how many applications do you have? Adobe and Final cut take up alot of room. how much internal space do you want? is it speed or capacity you need? you will have to make compromise somewhere, seeing as the biggest SSD ive seen or even heard about is 256GB, and that would set you back a bit.

    its all a matter of preference really.
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    ClockworkWorld's Avatar
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    Dec 16, 2010
    They get much bigger than 256GB, you can even get a 512GB installed by Apple on the MBP. - Computer Hardware,Hard Drives,SSD,1TB (not that it's compatible necessarily, I just mean they build them, amazingly... )

    Costs so much it's rather pointless if you ask me, but possible
    Late 2010 iMac 27 inch  2.93GHz i7 16GB RAM 2TB HDD
    2011 Macbook Pro 17 inch Glossy  2.3GHz Quad-core i7 8GB RAM 750GB HDD

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