Running out of disk space on a MacBook is a more common problem than you might expect. Despite its reliability, solid performance, and a plethora of available features, Macs are not the best when it comes to available storage.
Not having at least 10 percent of total drive space free will lead to random crashes, freezes, FPS drops playing video games, and other performance issues. If you have noticed that there are only a few gigabytes of space left on your MacBook’s hard drive, do not wait before the situation snowballs out of control even more.
Archiving files might not seem like an effective solution, but it can still save you some computer disk space, particularly if you do not wish to delete certain files. For MacBook owners, 7z file format is the way to go. Not only does 7z offer efficient file compression, but it also supports large files and can split archives.
Besides, learning how to archive and how to open 7z files on Mac is not that difficult. You just need to use the built-in Archive Utility tool on the MacBook.
Delete Redundant Data
Removing unnecessary files is one of the most effective methods to free up the MacBook’s storage. For starters, remember that you need to remove files permanently. If you drag them in the Trash Bin, empty the Bin each time. Enabling the feature that deletes Bin data automatically after 30 days is an option, but the files would remain on the computer for 30 days.
Another consideration is to use the Option + Command + Delete keyboard shortcut. Hitting the sequence after selecting a file or multiple files will result in a pop-up that you need to confirm to remove the files permanently.
Now, as for what files you want to remove, it depends. For some Mac users, it is an overabundance of applications. For others, it is temporary junk like app caches, extensions, plugins, and even old system backups.
Get in the habit of removing these files regularly. Otherwise, they will accumulate and take up valuable computer disk space.
Transfer Files to External Storage
There is no need to focus entirely on deleting MacBook files, especially if data on your laptop is useful. No, you can take advantage of external storage.
- Cloud storage
iCloud, Dropbox and other cloud services let you transfer and access files from your computer and other devices so long as the cloud account is synced with that device. You will also need an internet connection.
For macOS, iCloud is probably the go-to service. If 5 gigabytes of free storage is not enough, you can get additional space by paying a monthly fee. As much as 2 terabytes of cloud storage are available for 10 dollars per month.
- External devices
An external hard drive and a USB flash drive should provide more than enough storage space most of the time. These devices are similar to clouds, except that you do not have to pay a monthly fee. A decent hard drive costs about 50 dollars.
In addition to freeing up the MacBook’s drive space, an external HDD could also work as a means to create data backups. You can combine the device with the Time Machine and back up your Mac data.
Scan for Potential Malware
Besides causing performance problems, malware and viruses may also reduce available drive space on your MacBook. After all, there are various types of cybersecurity threats, including those that infect a computer’s drive and eat away space.
Scan the system using a reliable anti-malware tool and make sure to delete suspicious files if the software finds any. Even a minor virus or malware could cause major problems to the system, so you would be better off not risking it and removing infected MacBook files.
Stick to Streaming Platforms
It is no secret that media consumption is one of the most popular pastimes at the moment. Some people like to keep TV shows, documentaries, and movies on their computers. It is convenient, but hoarding a MacBook’s drive with media files will lead to a lack of free storage.
Instead, you should consume media on streaming platforms. Services like Netflix and Disney+ offer hours of entertainment for a small monthly fee.
Reinstall the Operating System
The last suggestion in this article is to reinstall the MacBook’s operating system. The process is a bit tricky. If you lack the experience, ask for help from someone who knows their way around macOS and would not have problems reinstalling it on your laptop.
The purpose of reinstalling the OS is simple – you give the MacBook, and its drive a fresh start by getting rid of all the junk that has been cluttering the drive space.