Your MacBook’s startup disk is the storage device that contains the operating system (OS). Over the course of your usage, it can fill up due to various apps and files contained within the laptop. There’s no need to worry, though, because cleaning it and making more space available is very easy. This blog will guide you through it, so read on.
What fills up my startup disk?
Just like any digital storage medium, your MacBook’s startup disk only has a finite amount of space. To find out what is using up that space, follow these instructions.
- Click on the Apple icon at the top-left corner of your screen.
- On the drop-down menu, select About This Mac.
- Select Storage.
You’ll be able to see the capacity of your startup disk, how much of it is available, and the different files taking up space such as documents, photos, and system resources.
How do I free up space?
Cleaning your MacBook’s startup disk is a simple process that won’t take too much of your time, so don’t fret. Here’s what you need to do.
- Click on the Apple icon.
- On the drop-down menu, select About This Mac”.
- Select Storage, then click on Manage.
Upon clicking Manage, your MacBook will show you the following recommendations for clearing your startup disk:
- Store in iCloud
With this option, you can store and transfer files on Apple’s secure cloud storage service. You have two choices: 1) Desktop and Documents, and 2) Photos. In the first option, all files in the two folders are stored on your iCloud Drive. In the second option, all your photos and videos are stored on your iCloud Photo Library.
The drawback with iCloud is that it only has 5GB worth of free storage. If you want more, you’ll have to pay for an iCloud plan. The cheapest one is US$0.99 per month for 50GB worth of space.
- Optimize Storage (with iTunes)
Freeing up space through iTunes gives you three choices:
- Automatically remove watched iTunes movies and TV shows - All movies and TV shows you watched on iTunes is permanently deleted.
- Download only recent attachments - Mail only downloads attachments from emails you recently received.
- Don’t automatically download attachments - Mail only downloads attachments when you open the email.
The advantage here is that you don’t need iCloud for it.
- Empty Trash Automatically
When you choose this option, all files that have been in Trash for more than 30 days will be permanently deleted. Before you empty Trash, it’s best that you look in it to make sure that you don’t need any files there.
- Reduce Clutter
If you need help from your Mac to identify large files or files that you don’t use and therefore might no longer need, then Reduce Clutter to automatically organize your files. You’ll see a Review Files button where your files will be organized into different categories like Applications, iOS Files, Documents, so on and so forth.
You don’t need to think long and hard about which option to pick, just consider which one would work best for your specific situation.
How can I avoid this in the future?
Once you’ve cleared up some space on your startup disk, prevent it from getting jammed up with files again with these tips.
- Delete your Internet cache.
Over time, temporary internet files stored in your Mac’s cache can eat up a significant amount of storage and slow down your Mac. To stop this from happening, clean up your cache on a regular basis.
- Uninstall unnecessary applications.
Take a look at your Applications folder. Most likely, you’ll have applications there that you rarely, if ever, used. Uninstall any and all applications that you don’t need so that you can save space for more important files and apps.
- Buy a BaseQi Ninja Stealth Drive
A great way you can avoid filling up your startup disk is by getting increasing your storage space with a MicroSD card. For that, you need a BaseQi Ninja Stealth Drive.
Designed by people who are passionate about all things Mac, the Ninja Stealth Drive is an adapter that works on almost any brand of MicroSD and fits perfectly into your MacBook.
With four finishes (MacBooks from early 2012 onward) to choose from, you’ll have no problem getting the Ninja Stealth Drive that looks exactly like your MacBook.
So, what are you waiting for? Grab a Ninja Stealth Drive today and never worry about a full startup disk ever again.
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