Running out of drive space on a MacBook happens more often than one might think. It is particularly common among those people who purchase cheaper Mac models. Add the fact that the recent trend of replacing hard drives with solid-state drives is quite common, and you have a computer with a relatively low-end storage disk in it.
Nevertheless, this disadvantage is not enough to discourage Mac aficionados from remaining loyal to the brand they love. Even if Macs do not provide that much storage, they excel in other areas, such as sleek design, intuitive user interface, a plethora of exclusive applications, and durability, to name a few.
Having a proper storage maintenance strategy is usually enough to make sure that a Mac has enough free storage. In case you run into such a problem, the tips below should be of use.
Get in the Habit of Removing Files Permanently
The first thing you want is to familiarize yourself with the state of the MacBook’s storage. If you check it, you will have a better idea of what files are taking the most space. There are bound to be some files you will want to remove, particularly temporary storage files, such as caches and old system backups.
One thing to note about file removal is that you need to get rid of unwanted data permanently. For that, always empty the Trash Bin after you put a file in it. Or, as an alternative, stick to the Option + Command + Delete keyboard shortcut.
Switch Default Location for Downloads
If you have a habit of forgetting about downloaded files and leave them in the downloads folder, why not switch the default location to the MacBook’s desktop instead? Doing so would let you notice downloaded files right away.
And since you do not wish to clutter the computer’s desktop with random files because it hinders the overall laptop performance and distracts your work, you will want to discard these files when they are no longer of any use to you.
Keep Tabs on Applications and Localization Files
Applications and localization files are also something you need to pay attention to quite a lot. There are bound to be some apps you no longer need, and removing them from the computer seems like a good approach. After all, in case you need an app again, you can download and install it later.
Also, keep in mind that removing the applications themselves is not always enough. You need to get rid of app caches, extensions, and other temporary files that are part of the application.
Localization files would be part of the same package. Certain applications come with language support for 60, 70, or even more languages. The problem with these files is that you do not really need them. More often than not, having the English version is enough.
Transfer Data to External Storage
Your computer data management strategy does not have to rely just on removing files from the MacBook permanently. You can transfer some files to external storage and keep them there.
When it comes to external storage, there are two options that stand out the most—external hard drives and cloud storage.
Investing in an external HDD should not be an issue, given how relatively cheap the accessory is. Besides, it is worth getting one for yourself to transfer some Mac files to it and create data backups. You can combine external hard drives with Time Machine to back up Mac files.
For cloud storage, iCloud is the go-to option for Apple devices, including MacBooks. iCloud offers five gigabytes of free storage with an option to extend it by paying a monthly fee.
Confirm the Mac Is Malware-Free
While the odds of dealing with cybersecurity threats on a MacBook are not that high if you compare it to other operating systems, they are not zero.
Some viruses and malware slowly consume computer drive space. The more time you leave them to do their business, the worse off your laptop’s drive state will be. And unless you have a reliable anti-malware tool to detect and eliminate these threats, you should not expect to solve the problem.
Check Streaming Platforms
For some, hoarding large media files is one of the primary reasons behind poor MacBook storage. Movies, TV shows, and music are examples of the most popular pieces of media that we consume on our computers.
Nowadays, it makes more sense to stick to streaming platforms rather than keeping media files on a computer. Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, and other streaming services cost a monthly subscription fee, but they make it more convenient to watch our favorite shows or listen to music we enjoy. And there is no need to download media files to the computer, which is a big plus.