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How big of an SSD do I need, please help!

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November 11, 2012 2:08:38 AM

So I have a MacBook 13" that I dual-boot with Windows 7 and Mountain Lion. I'm in the process of replacing a majority of the inerts. I've already put in 16GB of RAM (I work at an ISV and need as much as I can get somedays). My next project is replacing the optical bay with an SSD.

My only trouble is, I don't know how big of a SSD I need. I plan to have both OS's on it along with all of my most used programs which include:

Windows 7 (8 eventually, well maybe) side:

Chrome
Firefox
I.E. (grosssssssss, but I need it for development testing)
Microsoft Office
iTunes or Zune Software (depending on if my Zune HD dies in the near future)
Adobe Reader
SOTI Pocket Controller
Remote Desktop
LogMeIn Rescue
FileZilla

Mac Side:

Chrome
Firefox
iTunes
VMWare Fusion
Mail
iCal
xCode
Photoshop
Adobe Reader
NetBeans


I'm hoping a 120-128GB SSD would be sufficient. All of my data files i.e. music/movies/documents would remain on my 500GB HD (Soon to be a 1TB drive though, can't wait....)


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November 11, 2012 9:49:46 AM

Windows alone needs 20GB+ so get 256GB at least.

It filles up faster than you think.

If you really want to calculate you can just Google name of program and add 'requirement' to see how much space the program needs and add it all up but keep in mind you need to add an extra space in the end just in case.
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November 12, 2012 3:41:12 AM

As nyxana alreay mentioned just take a look at the system reqirements for each application and utility that you plan on installing. Then add all the storage requirements to determine minimum capacity you will need for installation. That is just the start. Allow for expansion and upgrades.

The general rule of thumb is purchase the largest capacity ssd you can afford at the lowest possible price.
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