If you ever run out of Macbook’s free space, do not worry. There are multiple ways to solve the problem. In fact, it is recommended to take action before the situation gets out of hand. You do not want to end up with just a few free gigabytes of storage. When that happens, the overall Macbook performance drops significantly, preventing you from doing work efficiently.
So what can you do to free up Macbook’s disk space? The information should come in handy and help you create a proper computer data management strategy.
Way #1 – Take Care of Temporary Data
Temporary system junk may not be the primary link between the lack of Macbook’s drive space and poor computer performance, but it is still an issue you need to take care of regularly.
Temporary files like backups, extensions, and plugins accumulate over time. And it is not about them taking space most of the time. The sheer number of files overburdens the computer system that has to process data. Removing temporary data junk would help with both the performance and drive space.
You have two options. The first is to get a cleanup utility tool that deletes files you select. The second option is to get rid of unwanted data manually, which may seem like a good choice, but you would spend quite some time on it, not to mention how monotonous the job is.
Way #2 – Discard Useless Applications
Delete applications you have not used for a while. There is no reason to have them around for now if you can download and install an app later in case you need to run one.
Getting rid of unnecessary applications also means that you will delete app extensions and other junk from the computer. It is also worth mentioning that some apps come with language pack support files that are redundant most of the time. If your goal is to free up Macbook’s disk space, trimming up the unnecessary app list should be one of the priorities.
Way #3 – Remove Email Attachments and Downloads
Speaking of unnecessary files, email attachments and downloads may take more disk space than you expect. Some people forget about files they download and leave them in the folders.
Check both email attachments and downloads folders to confirm that they are empty. In case you tend to forget about these folders, make the Macbook’s desktop the default directory. It will help to spot the files you have downloaded and delete them once they are of no use.
Way #4 – Check for Potential Computer Viruses
Given how many different types of malware there are, it should not come as a surprise that you can encounter malware that eats a computer’s drive space. When you notice that there are fewer free gigabytes each time you check the disk, and you have not downloaded or installed anything, scanning the disk for potential malware should be the thing to do.
Get yourself reliable antivirus and have it check for potential threats all the time by running in the background. However, do not rely just on that. Get in the habit of having custom disk scans at least once every week to ensure optimum security of applications.
Way #5 – Transfer Data to External Hard Drives and Memory Sticks
You do not have to rely on deleting data to get by. No, freeing up disk space is possible using different means. Buying external storage devices is one of the approaches you can take.
Memory sticks and external hard drives are good for freeing up the computer’s drive space and backing up data.
Some people may be reluctant to invest money, but external storage devices are relatively cheap, particularly if you wait for the holiday season when computer hardware, accessories, and other similar products go on sale.
Way #6 – Use Cloud Services
Dropbox, iCloud, and other cloud services are similar to external storage devices. However, you can access files from multiple devices provided that you sync your accounts. For example, iCloud storage allows you to manage data from iPhone, iPad, and Macbook.
You get a few gigabytes for free with an option to extend the available storage by subscribing to a monthly plan. Prices vary depending on the service and the amount of space you want, but for the most part, you should find an affordable plan that accommodates your needs.
Way #7 – Subscribe to Streaming Platforms
Streaming platforms allow people to consume media without hoarding large files on the computer. Music, movies, and TV shows can take a big chunk of the Macbook’s drive space. On the other hand, if you have an option to access your favorites with a few clicks, it would be unwise not to take advantage of streaming services. Even if it costs a monthly fee, it is still an excellent way to watch or listen to media and not worry about cluttering Mac’s disk space.