Why do MacBooks easily run out of storage?
The sleek and user-friendly Mac is not perfect. As most Mac hard drives only have a 500GB capacity, the MacBook’s one tragic flaw is its storage.
MacBooks are only equipped with one hard drive, which is usually divided into two partitions or volumes. One is for the operating system, and the other one is for storage purposes.
It’s barely noticeable, but every time you use your Mac, small chunks of storage are used to record your logs, save the data of certain apps or websites to your cache, and create backups for your files. This background activity, plus the files and apps you already have in your hard drive, can quickly lead to storage space getting used up.（Click here to see MacBook Air storage upgrade solutions.)
How can you organise your files to save space?
Freeing up space on your drive will depend on what is taking up storage. By looking into your drive, you will know what exactly is taking up most of your storage and what you would have to say goodbye to. Click on the Manage button after you access Storage, and you will see several recommendations.
First, you can store some of your files, like documents or photos, on iCloud. The only downside to this is that the storage limit of your iCloud account is just 5GB, which could be cause for annoyance when you are uploading photos.
Second, you can optimise your storage through iTunes. This option gives you three choices.
- You may opt to delete your iTunes history such as any music or movies you may have saved on your account.
- You can set iTunes to only download attachments from your recent emails.
- You can set iTunes to stop downloading any attachments.
Third, you may choose to clear your Trash. Choosing this will eradicate all the files that have been in Trash for thirty days or more. Before choosing this, however, make sure that you have kept files that you want to keep.
Fourth, the Reduce Clutter option will show you large files that you do not use and might not need anymore, and will suggest that you reorganise them. You may review these files by sorting them out first, should you choose to declutter.
How can you free up space in your storage?
1. Clear your cache.
Your cache can be described as a folder that contains files that help your programs run smoothly. The longer you use these programs, the more information is stored into your computer to help improve performance. However, these files can take up some serious space. To remedy this, here’s what you need to do.
- Open a Finder window and choose the Go option.
- Select Library on the dropdown.
- Go through the folders that appear and delete the files that take up the most memory.
Once these files are deleted, the apps that you use will generate new ones to help with efficiency. Keep them in check from time to time in order to free up space on your computer.
2. Get rid of localisation files.
These are the extra languages that your device stores in the event that you want to switch it to a different language. The applications installed on your Mac might have languages that you don’t really need. Here’s how to delete them:
- Open a Finder window.
- Click on Applications.
- Sift through the Package Contents of each app.
- Select Resources.
- Delete the .lproj files that you will not be needing.
3. Take the initiative to delete files you don’t need.
Go through your desktop, personal folders, and downloads. Documents that you have not touched in a while might have a place in the Trash folder. Old photos, videos, or projects may also be deleted. Make sure that you empty your Trash, as well, after you’re done purging.
4. Uninstall unnecessary applications.
Take a look at your apps and uninstall the ones you don’t need. Some may have been downloaded to follow a passing trend or to use during your free time. Now, your top priority is freeing up space on your MacBook for more relevant applications and files.
How can you increase your total storage space?
There are many external storage devices you can choose from to increase storage space. These include SD cards, external hard disk drives (HDDs), and flash drives, among others. The hard drive is known to have the largest data capability amongst all three with 10TB as the standard memory size of one. Flash drives are smaller and easier to carry, but have less storage capacity.
While MacBooks are fitted with two USB ports, they only have one SD card slot. SD cards are the easiest to carry, and they also have relatively large storage capacities, with some even going up to 400 GB. To maximise its use, BaseQi has the Ninja Stealth Drive, a microSD adapter that is designed to provide a convenient and affordable way for you to manage your MacBook storage.
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