My friend is selling me his old MacBook (Glossy white finish with rounded edges and corners) cheap for a Mobile Development course I'm taking, but he's keeping the hard drive. So I'm thinking of buying an SSD off of somebody, and I'm not sure what the minimum size I would need.

I will have to install:

  • Either keep Snow Leopard or Lion
  • Xcode
  • Whatever is needed to develop for Android and iOS
  • Possibly some form of productivity suite (MSO or LibreOffice)

I barely have any experiences with Macs so I'm not sure how much space all of this would take up? I need to have a feel for the smallest SSD I can get

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A 128GB SSD would have enough room for what you list, with room to spare. A 256GB SSD, imho, would not cost that much more, and would give you more flexibility.

Be aware that the version of Xcode needed to develop for iOS 7 requires Mountain Lion, and ML may not support that machine. For learning or developing for iOS 6, Lion/Xcode 4 should be fine.

  • Damn. I was thinking 60GB would've been fine... And I'm buying 2nd hand SSDs, so they'll be a lot cheaper. I think the machine can only go up to Lion, but I'm pretty sure the school's not going to demand the latest Mac from everybody
    – Alex
    Jul 17, 2013 at 23:06

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