How much storage for an M1 Mac? | Everything you need to know! | Mark Ellis Reviews
The first is: how much ram should i get between 8 and 16 gig i’ve answered that up here and the other one is how much storage should i get today? I’Ll answer that question. Welcome back to mark ellis reviews, and thank you as always for subscribing if you haven’t, subscribed just hit the button, so i don’t think apple make it particularly easy to buy their new m1 max. You know we’re a few months into these machines now, and people still don’t know whether to get the macbook air, the macbook pro or the mini. I totally understand why people are confused, because the spec options are just a bit odd. At times now, i’ve created buying guides for the m1 mac mini the m1 macbook air and the m1 macbook pro. I will leave links to all of them in the video description. I’Ve also gone through the whole ram debate. In terms of whether or not you should go for 8 gigabyte or 16 gigabyte again, i’ll leave a link to that video in the description, but today i’m going to cover something else which is really confusing people. Understandably – and that is how much storage should you add to your m1 mac so before i get into the specifics, it’s important to note that this advice covers all m1 macs, they all have the exact same storage options. They will start at 256 gigabytes and go right up to two terabytes now two terabytes is loads of space unless you’re, storing lots and lots of video and lots of big files on your device, two terabytes is enough for most people.
Trust me it’s overkill. To be honest, 256 gig is the base. I don’t think it’s that bad. To be honest, i have an m1 macbook air and that has the 256 gigabyte base level. Ssd and i’ll be honest, it’s, absolutely fine, because i don’t store stuff on that laptop. I just use it to do email to write and just do general web stuff, so i don’t store physical, big files on that disk, and these days apps don’t take up much room anyway. So first off, if that is your use case, just get the 256.. The other thing to bear in mind is that apple don’t, let you upgrade the storage further down the line, so you can’t pop off the back of the mac and put in a new ssd you’re, stuck with whatever you choose from the start, and that makes this Decision really important, you know, you’ve got to get it right. First off the only good thing really compared to the ram, for example, because you can’t upgrade the ram either. Is that with storage you can add storage via third party external storage devices which i’ll come on to in a moment, so it’s not the end of the world? If you get the choice wrong, but it it makes sense to to pick the right storage to begin with now for budgeting reasons. Just a very quick note on the pricing that apple has, if you go for the 512 gigabyte option, it’s an extra 200.
If you go for the one terabyte option: it’s an extra 400 and if you go for the 2 terabyte option, it’s an extra 800 and you can convert that into pounds if you’re in the uk. So apple’s pricing is by no means the cheapest, it’s very expensive. Actually, it always has been, but it is the most convenient way just to get a all in one package and you’ll struggle to get the same. Kind of storage transfer speeds that you get from built in ssd storage on the mac, but there is another option. So the other option is to use external storage and use an external ssd drive a bit like this. Now, the upside of that is that it’s far cheaper than the apple prices and it’s also infinitely expandable. You can just keep adding them. You know if you, if you completely max out one of your external ssd drives, you can just get another one. The downside is you’ve got to carry these things around. If you go for the m1 macbook air and macbook pro – and you happen to be a mobile computer user, the other downside is speed and, as i mentioned a moment ago, if you want the absolute fastest storage speed possible, you pretty much have to go with what Apple gives you internally now you can get very fast external ssds, and i use one of those which i’ll explain a bit later, but even that is it’s still slightly below the speeds that you get with the apple integrated ssds.
Now, in terms of the pricing i’m. Basing these prices – these are very rough prices, to be honest because they change all the time, but i am basing them on sandisk prices, mainly because sandisk is my preferred external ssd of choice. I think they’re fantastic, but there are loads of options, so you do need to shop around. This is just purely a guide and just a point of reference. For instance, if you went for an external 250 gig sandisk drive you’d be looking at about 100 and that would bring you up to 500 gig in total. If you start with the base level, 256 gig of storage on the mac, if you add 500 gig that’s about 140 150 – and that would give you 750 gig in total. If you go for a one, terabyte external drive and add that to your 256 gig mac, you’d pay about 170 180 that’ll, give you 1.3 terabytes in total, and if you opted for a two terabyte external sandisk drive, you’d pay about three hundred dollars ish, and that Would give you just over two terabytes in total? So again, those prices are completely rough. I’Ve thrown loads of numbers at you there, but you can probably tell that those numbers are a lot lower than what you pay apple and, like i mentioned before you just you can keep adding ssd drives. You know the external ones, you can keep plugging them in. You can have several of them if you want to get one for backup, you have one for your working files and it’s a lot cheaper than apple.
So if budget is a big concern for you, which i completely understand, then it might be better just to go for the external ssds now speed wise. All of those quoted prices are for drives, which are about half the speed of what you get inside an ssd. In a mac but they’re still pretty quick, i think unless you’re doing video, editing or audio editing or something which requires lots of constant backwards and forwards, transferring and there’s ways around that you can use proxy files and stuff. Personally, i edit my videos from a sandisk extreme pro now that is much closer to the ssd speed that you get within the m1 mac it’s, still not quite as fast but it’s not far off. I never really notice an issue with it. I love editing off that sand disk it’s. The fact that i can take it between macs is great and, like i say it just seems quick enough for me: it’s a bit more expensive. I think it’s about 250 dollars for the extreme pro version. But again, if you’re a creator – and you do this kind of thing or if you’re a photographer or something it might be worth just spending a bit extra because actually in the long run, you end up spending less than you would on that apple anyway. If you have an m1 mac mini, i think these external drives make total sense, because you can just hide them behind the desk and they’ll cost you less than apple’s upgrades if you’re a mobile user.
Like i say it comes completely down to whether or not you want to carry these kind of things around and also, if you even need to store files, if you don’t, if you’re a cloud user which i’ll come on to in a moment, i wouldn’t worry. I’D. Stick with whatever you can afford: ssd wise, i wouldn’t, spend more than you need to cloud storage. Now i am a dropbox user, but you, if you’re a mac user, you have. You have several choices, but i think the two main ones really are icloud and dropbox. The 50 gig icloud storage is 99 cents a month, which over three years is about 36 200 gig is 2.99 cents a month over three years, 107 108 ish and 2. Terabytes is 9.99 a month and over three years, that’s about 360 dollars. Again, you can convert that roughly to pounds dropbox, you can get a free, dropbox account which has a two terabyte limit which isn’t much to be honest, but it’s free they’ve either got two gig or two terabytes there’s, nothing in between at the moment. So if you want to go to the two terabyte option, it’s actually the same as apple it’s 9.99 a month in terms of which one you go for it’s entirely up to you really they they both work brilliantly on macs, both dropbox and icloud, work across multiple Devices you can use them on your phone. You can use them on your ipad and they’re built right into the os, so they just appear as folders on your mac.
Now i gave you the kind of three year cost of those because it’s important to bear that in mind. I think you’ve got to build that into the overall cost of the machine. The benefit of cloud storage is the fact that again, it’s expandable, but also you pay for it monthly, so you’re spreading out that cost it can’t be used for intensive data intensive tasks. You know i wouldn’t edit video, for example, from dropbox in the cloud i’d have to have it locally, but if you’re just using storage to put big files that you need to refer to occasionally or you want someone to put your photos as a backup or if You’Re running a business, you have lots of different word documents and things you want somewhere to put it securely, then icloud and dropbox might be a slightly more cost effective way of doing that, and actually a more secure way of doing that than storing them. For example, on your m1 macbook, because someone could just walk off with that macbook and that’s not ideal, just bear in mind if you do go with the icloud or dropbox option that it’s important to be fairly specific, with what exactly it stores locally on the computer. So on both services, you can tell it which files to store on the mac and which ones to keep in the cloud. And if you do that, you can just basically keep the big stuff off your device access it.
When you need to and only leave the files on the machine that you need, so why would anyone pay apple’s upgrade prices for storage? I think it comes down to four things. Really, i think the first one is you have the budget for it, which is fine. If you’ve got the money to upgrade to two terabytes in your m1, mac go for it. Secondly, if you undertake lots of intensive work with big files – and you don’t want to carry around external drives, then it makes sense to pay a bit more and have everything on that. One machine. The third which i’ve mentioned before is, if you’re a mobile user – and you just don’t, want to be logging around ssds they’re, not very big, but it’s it’s a it can be a hassle to keep carrying these things around. If you just want to carry a slip case around with your macbook pro in, for example, in that case, it probably makes sense to max out the storage as far as you can, and the fourth reason is, you might have a large collection, for example, music or Photos – and you might just be that sort of person who wants them on your laptop or on your mac. You don’t have to worry about them being on an external drive that you could lose or someone could steal then again, i’d spend as much as you can. So you can have those files on the device i mean when it comes to music that’s.
Quite a good example where some people want that instant access to their files, they don’t worry about having to rely on an internet connection to get them from icloud or from a streaming service, so that’s. Another reason why paying a bit more and getting as much internal storage as you can would make sense. Quick now on ssd driveway, i have done a video that features a bit of analysis on this, which i’ll link to above, but very quickly, there’s been some concern raised over these eight gigabyte base level m1 max, and the worry is that, because they don’t have a Huge amount of ram they’re having to rely more on the ssd to act as fake memory and what that’s doing is it’s using the ssd. More and ssds have a limited life span and that lifespan reduces the more they’re used. There have been some people who have run benchmarks and basically they’ve seen that their ssd wear has kind of increased exponentially over a very short period of time. In these eight gigabyte machines. Now i ran some tests again watch the video that i linked to a moment ago, my m1 mac mini and my m1 macbook air haven’t shown any signs of wear so i’m, not too worried, and i think, if you look at these benchmarks, that people have been Running they have really been hammering their machines. You know there was one where three percent of the drive had been worn away and but if you looked at the the amount of data transferring that had been going on, it was huge most normal users, certainly the people that will go for the eight gigabyte version.
Won’T be hammering their machine quite as much as that. So if you’re reading about this ssd driveway, i genuinely wouldn’t worry too much i’m going to keep an eye on mine. Like i say, i have a base level 8, gig, m1 macbook air. If that starts to show issues, if i keep running that drive test app, then i will let you know about it, but my genuine advice on this is not to worry about it now. My strategy, i think, is very quickly worth mentioning, because i have two different ways: i use m1 max and i think they’re quite common for two different sets of users. So the first one is my m1 macbook air. Now that is purely a writing device. I don’t store anything on that machine locally. I use dropbox for files, i need occasionally, but i only sync the files i absolutely need everything else is kept on on dropbox and the apps i use they’re, all pretty lightweight. They don’t take up a huge amount of space. So for me the 256 gig version totally made sense, and that might be your use case as well, if you’re, that kind of user just go for the base level. My other m1 machine is an m1 mac mini, and that is my daily driver that does all my production work. It does all the video editing, audio editing all that kind of stuff. Now, with that one, i went for the 512 gig storage and the reason for that was that i knew i needed a bit of a buffer.
Just in case, i was transferring larger files occasionally onto the m1 mac, but, as i mentioned earlier, what i’m, using mainly for my bigger file work, is a external sandisk, extreme pro ssd and that’s a one terabyte version, and for me that works brilliantly, because what i Do i transfer all of the footage that you’re watching now onto that sandisk do the work on it on the m1 mac mini upload to youtube once that’s all done, the original files get transferred to a four terabyte backup disk which is connected to the imac behind Me done, i really hope that has helped. You pick the right storage for your mac. However, if you’re still stuck ask a question in the comments, you’ll notice, that in previous videos, i will answer as many questions as i can and also other people get involved as well. So if you’re still stuck, i totally understand. Why get involved in the comments and i’ll do my best to help you out on there? But if you’re now thinking okay storage sorted. But what about this 8 gigabyte versus 16 gigabytes of ram keep watching for a link to a video that i’ve done.