The MacBook is an amazing machine. However, just like any other laptop, it has a finite amount of storage. This is why you need to check your computer storage from time to time to make sure there is enough space at any given time. If you’re not familiar with how to do it, then don’t worry. This blog will guide you through the process and provide you with other useful tips. So read on.
Check your storage
- Click on the Apple icon located at the top-left corner of your screen.
- On the dropdown menu that appears, select About This Mac.
- A window will pop up with tabs that show information on different aspects of your MacBook. Click on the tab labeled “Storage”.
You’ll be able to see what kind of storage device is in your MacBook, its maximum capacity, and all the files taking up space on it.
Free up your storage
You have a ton of ways to clean up the hard drive of your MacBook, whether your storage is running low or you just feel like freeing up space. Here are some options available to you.
- Clear your cache
Your cache contains temporary files such as the images and all other information on a website, which are used to speed up processes like the loading of webpages. Over time, these files can take up a considerable amount of space on your storage, so make it a point to clear your cache on a regular basis. Here’s how to do it.
- Open a Finder window, and click on the Go tab.
- On the dropdown menu that appears, click on Library.
- If Library is not listed on the menu, go to it manually by clicking on Go to Folder and then typing: ~/Library/Caches.
- Go into each of the folders that appear and delete the files in them.
(Important note: Delete only the files inside the folders, but not the folders themselves.)
- Delete redundant backups on iTunes.
If you have iOS devices integrated with your Mac, backups stored on iTunes can also take up space. Delete them by following these instructions.
- Open iTunes.
- On the menu bar at the top of your screen, click on Preferences.
- On the window that appears, click on Devices.
- Select whatever backups you want to delete, then click on Delete Backup.
Keep in mind that you can delete any backup except the most recent backup of your iOS device.
- Declutter your files.
- On the Storage tab, Click on Manage.
- On the left-hand side menu, you’ll see your all your MacBook’s files listed and classified according to their file type, which includes (but is not limited to) Applications, Documents, Photos, and Trash.
- Check each of these file types to see what files you don’t need or haven’t opened in a while and delete them.
- All the files you deleted (cache, iTunes, backups, etc.) will now be in Trash, so make sure you empty your Trash as well.
As an alternative, you can also choose the Optimize Storage option under Recommendations. Here, you’ll see files labeled as Purgeable (used to be labeled Other on OS X El Capitan earlier Mac OS versions), which are files that your MacBook can automatically clear whenever you need storage space.
Increase your storage
Avoid going through the hassle of cleaning up files every so often by getting more storage for your MacBook. One of the best ways you can do that is by buying a microSD card and inserting it into your MacBook with BaseQi’s Ninja Stealth Drive. With this product, you can increase your MacBook’s capacity up to 400GB instantly. It’s a quick, easy, and affordable solution to storage woes.
The Ninja Stealth Drive also has an innovative design. You can insert it into your MacBook without using any tools and is compatible with any microSD brand (except Lexar).
Don’t like anything protruding from your MacBook? Then the Ninja Stealth Drive is for you. It has the same finish as a MacBook’s chassis and is designed to fit seamlessly once inserted. It’s available in four kinds of MacBook finishes, so you won’t have any problem finding the right one for you.
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