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Retina MacBook Pro - disk size, etc

Am thinking of purchasing a Retina MacBook Pro. 3 questions.

1. At present I am only using 93Gb of the 250GB space on the HDD. I use Parallels to run Windows programs and would intend to discontinue using it on the new machine. This would reduce the space used to about 50GB, ASSUMING that the new OS, etc, does not use more space. Is this so?

2. I am worried about what happens after three years (when AppleCare expires) because I will then have to pay for repairs. Silly question to ask I suppose but should the new type of machine be more reliable?

3. Have tried to find an equivalent laptop which will run OSX well. Can you suggest an equivalent?
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bogorman
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Hooked4LifeCommented:
1. Mountain Lion uses approximately 8GB of Disk Space . Im not sure which OS version you currently have so its hard to compare. 128GB Flash would probably suit your needs if you dont plan to use much disk space.

2. Maybe I have had some great luck but I never had any issues. I have an iBook and a 4 year old Macbook with no issues. There are always Third Party repair places that are reputable.

3. I have heard of these but dont have any personal experience.
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jhyieslaCommented:
Disk sizing is tricky in that it's hard to always know what you'll want to do three years from now. So you have to evaluate your needs now and where you think you might want to go and buy appropriately.

As far as robustness of the laptop:  you can always get a lemon anywhere. Typically I have found the Mac hardware to be very robust and not subject to failure. My oldest has a 5-6 year old MBP that he has beaten the heck out of and it's still working. We did have to change out the hard disk - wanted more size and had to pay for that.  As the other expert says, there are third party Apple certified repair shops that do a good job of after warranty repair.

There are no computer systems, other than Apple hardware, that can legally and completely run OS X. Notice I said legally and completely.  It's not that you "can't" do it, technically, but it does violate the Apple EULA and you can never tell when you'd start to have problems with the OS and no one to help you with them.
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bogormanAuthor Commented:
Thanks, both of you, for your useful advice. Have split the points.
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