256 gb hard drive vs 500Gb hard drive

I am wondering on getting a new MacBook Pro. Either the MacBook Pro with retina display or the normal MacBook Pro 15 inch. They are both really good. I was wondering about the storage and hard drive space. The MacBook Pro 15 inch has 500 GB while the MacBook Pro with Retina display only has 256 GB or Flash storage. I will be using the computer for gaming, movie making (stop motion animation), school work, downloading movies and surfing the web. I think i should just get the regular MacBook Pro 15 inch with 500 GB or even upgrade it to 750 GB or 1TB. But I could also get the MacBook Pro with Retina display and get a portable hard drive that holds 1TB or memory. I will only be using this computer for 3-4 years.

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    I have the Macbook Pro retina with the flash drive and love it. It is lightning fast, and the display is incredible. Now in saying that you give up hard drive space, but in my opinion hard drives are on their way out. The regular Macbook has an optical drive built in which wasnt an issue for me but some still like to have one built in. Ask yourself when is the last time you used it and how often although you can do what i do and that is I bought an external USB superdrive and have actually only used it once. If I was you I would get the Retina, but that is only because it is absolutely the best machine I have ever owned. The regular Macbook Pro would be fine for you, and with the extra space you wouldn't have to worry about space especially if you are going to download alot of movies. Always remember you get what you pay for. If you have never has SSD drive then you wont notice a difference on the regular Macbook Pro, I just think that soon all apple will be retina and ssd. The one thing to think about is not to buy an outdated machine, if you have the money upgrade the retina pro to the bigger hard drive than 256GB and you will have the best machine out there...

    • Answered by Rhonda S from Little Rock
    • Jun 4, 2013
  • I have a macbook pro 2.53 GHz Intel Core i5. I installed a 500GB SSD and all I can say is WOW!!!! Apps open faster and to transfer files to my internal 7200 RPM 1TB drive is sweet. I even see the speed in two of the biggest programs I use ... Aperture and Photoshop.

    I do not regret doing this at all. (I replaced my DVD drive for the 1TB 7200 RPM)

    • Answered by Frank W from Lethbridge
    • Jul 16, 2013
  • I realize you posted this in 2012, and you've probably moved on - it used to be an issue (storage size) but is not anymore... I just got my MBPretina 15.4, fully stocked with the 2.6gHz Haswell Quad-Core with 16gb and the 1TB PCI Express flash memory...

    Figure even in standard 2.5" internal mechanical hard drives that 1TB is the max, with Flash architecture, we will most likely now see SS memory PASS mechanical onboard storage - a first in the history of portables (and stand alone now with the likes of the new Mac Pro) with the benefits of less power requirements and much quicker read/write speeds.

    • Answered by Craig H from Las Vegas
    • Jan 10, 2014
  • Get the FLASH DRIVE and use a passport 1tb hard drive.I don't think you will ever need more then 256 gb. dad

    • Answered by James C from Taunton
    • Jul 21, 2013