How to Get Extra Storage on Your MacBook’s Drive?

 21 May, 2021

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If you purchase a new MacBook, you are likely to run into drive storage problems. Macs come with SSDs instead of HDDs because the former are more reliable and work faster. However, users have to sacrifice storage space for that efficiency. 

Having only a few gigabytes of free storage on a computer’s drive will spell trouble. Your Mac will start underperforming. Random freezes, crashes, failure to launch applications, a spinning beach ball, or FPS drops while playing video games are just a few examples of poor performance. 

Aim to have at least 10 or 15 percent of total disk space free. And even then, such little free storage might not be enough. You will need to put extra effort into freeing up the drive space. And here are some great tips to help you get more storage on the MacBook.

Scan for Cybersecurity Threats

Let’s start with cybersecurity threats. Despite the fact that Macs are quite reliable and secure (so long as you take the necessary measures), there is still a possibility that your computer will become a target. And once there is a virus or malware on it, getting rid of it may not be that easy.

Some viruses eat the drive’s space, and using reliable antivirus software is sometimes the only way to get rid of these viruses.

As soon as you notice that there is less free storage on the MacBook’s drive every day without you modifying the disk, scanning for potential malware attacks should be the first thing you need to do. If your antivirus discovers corrupted files, do not hesitate and delete them from the computer.

Remember to Remove Data Permanently

Another thing to note is about deleting files permanently. Do not be surprised when you see no changes in the free space if you only drag app shortcuts and documents to the Trash Bin without emptying it.

No, to remove data from the MacBook permanently, you need to empty the Bin. Or, if you prefer, use the Option + Command + Delete keyboard shortcut after selecting a file or multiple files you want to get rid of.

 Keep Tabs on Downloads

Not everyone remembers to delete downloaded files. Your MacBook’s download folder may have more files than you expect. If this is something that happens often, change the default download location.

For example, you could switch the location to your MacBook’s desktop. Since you do not wish to clutter the desktop with random documents, you will pay more attention to what is on the desktop and can delete downloaded files you no longer need. 

Look Through the App List

Some applications may also take a lot of drive space. Look through the list of the installed applications and decide whether you can remove some of them to free up the MacBooks storage.

Perhaps there is an app or two you have not used for a while and are uncertain when you would use it again? If so, do not hesitate and delete it from the computer. After all, if you need an app later, you can download and install it. 

It is also worth mentioning that applications create caches, extensions, plugins, and other temporary data. Be sure to remove these files as well.

Invest in an External HDD

A decent hard drive costs roughly 50 dollars if you purchase a brand-new device rather than a second-hand HDD. Transferring files to an external HDD ought to free up the MacBook’s space significantly.

Creating data backups is another reason why you should invest in an external hard drive. You can combine the device with the Time Machine tool and create a copy of your MacBook’s files to give yourself some peace of mind.

Use Cloud Storage

Cloud storage is similar to an external HDD, except that you can store your files digitally rather than bothering with a physical device like a drive. Besides, iCloud and other cloud services offer some storage for free, though the amount may not be enough to accommodate your needs.

You will likely need to pay a monthly fee to get additional space. 10 bucks a month can get you as much as 2TB of iCloud storage. And it is not just the MacBook that you can use to access iCloud files. iPhone and iPad work as well so long as you sync your iCloud account with these devices.

Reinstall macOS

Reinstalling macOS may take a while, but if you feel like there is too much clutter on the MacBook and dealing with it is a real bother, giving the laptop a fresh start is one of the best options. You can do that by reinstalling the operating system.

Avoid Cluttering the Drive With Media 

The last bit of advice is about media files. These days, movies, TV shows, and music are available on streaming platforms. In other words, you do not have to hoard large media files on the MacBook to consume it. Use streaming services instead.

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