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If you decide to buy a MacBook, you should be fine for the most part as far as the computer’s performance goes. Besides, if you have a proper maintenance routine which includes cleaning the dust inside the computer, decluttering the desktop, limiting background applications, and keeping tabs on malware and other cybersecurity threats.
On the other hand, you may still run into the issue of lacking drive space. Macs are not the best as far as total available disk storage goes. And having only a few gigabytes of free space will lead to issues.
You can avoid this by following a simple step-by-step plan to free up your MacBook’s drive storage
Delete Temporary Junk
App caches, plugins, extensions, system backups, and other temporary storage requires more drive space than you expect.
Dealing with this data manually would not be that good of an idea because deleting multiple files yourself takes too long. Instead, you should take a different approach. According to Mac cleanup tips here, getting a cleanup utility tool for temporary storage is a much more efficient option.
Uninstall Idle Apps
If you are a Mac app junkie, you will run into this trouble more often. It is fun to download apps and try them out. But if you forget to remove them once you have downloaded and tested them. You can run into disk space problems.
Getting rid of redundant applications is not that hard. Go to the app folder and figure out which applications you no longer wish to see on the computer. Drag the shortcut to the Trash Bin. Once an app is in the Trash Bin, empty the Bin, and you will be rid of unnecessary apps.
Erase iTunes And iOS Files
If you are the kind of person who likes to create backups of your iPhone and iPad and keep them on the MacBook rather than an external hard drive or cloud storage, keep closer tabs on such files. Similarly, delete the iTunes’ files that include movies, audiobooks, TV shows, etc.
Get Rid Of Photo Duplicates
Sometimes, you may download more photos from social media or other websites than you need. Pictures that look more or less the same are a hindrance to the computer’s storage.
Take a look at the photo collection you have and find duplicates and get rid of them. While it may not be much, deleting unnecessary photos is still a good way to free up the MacBooks storage.
Deal With Large Files
Some files can be quite large. Video games are a good example. If you play video games on a Mac, do not be surprised that they take a majority of the total drive space.
Once you finish playing a video game, remove it from the computer if you have no plans to return to it. And in case you do, you can download and install it later.
A similar thing can be said about applications. Apps may not seem like a primary source for the lack of Mac drive storage, but some applications require quite a lot of drive space. In fact, some apps even come with foreign language support data that is more or less redundant, but it is still a problem for the MacBook’s drive.
Finally, there are large media files. You need to finish watching movies and TV shows that are in your backlog. Otherwise, they will continue to take up the computer’s space.
Subscribing to streaming platforms is one of the options if you feel like this is a serious problem for you. Instead of keeping media on your Mac, you can consume it on Netflix, Hulu, Disney+, and other streaming services.
Transfer Data To External Storage
The computer data management plan does not have to revolve just around deleting files permanently. No, you can take a different approach. And this approach is effective in particular if you have data that you would rather not delete.
External storage is the answer. You can pick clouds or external devices like USB drives or HDDs or combine the two.
For MacBooks, iCloud is the default service. iCloud offers five gigabytes of free storage, but you can also upgrade the plan and get additional space. At the moment, Apple offers as many as two terabytes for 10 dollars per month.
As for external hard drives or USB drives, these devices do not require a monthly fee. You can get a decent HDD for about 50 dollars. A USB flash drive would be cheaper, but it does not offer as much available storage as a hard drive would.
Both cloud storage and external devices are a solid option, so you should be okay regardless of your choice.