Keeping your Macbook’s hard drive in good condition helps maintain the computer in top shape. It is recommended that computer owners should have between 10 to 15 percent of free storage on their HDDs or SSDs.
If you are stuck with only a few free gigabytes, do not be surprised that the Macbook stutters or that certain applications take a while to load.
Some may find it difficult to manage computer data properly. However, you can clear your Mac space with relative ease. Come up with a proper strategy for that by following the steps in this article.
Step #1 – Delete Files Permanently
First thing’s first. Remember that putting files in the Trash Bin is not the same as removing them from the Macbook permanently. You need to enable the feature that deletes files in the Bin automatically in 30 days. Or, right-click on the Bin icon and select the “Empty the Trash” option.
As an alternative, one can also use a keystroke sequence of Option + Command + Delete after selecting a file they want to delete and confirming the pop-up that appears after hitting the keyboard shortcut.
Step #2 – Get Rid of Unnecessary Apps
Unnecessary applications are a hindrance. You may even have some running in the background and consuming the computer’s resources.
Look at the list of the applications you have installed and figure out which of these you can delete. Keep in mind that there is an option to download and reinstall apps again in case you need to use one.
Step #3 – Check for Potential Language Pack Files
Support for languages other than English seems like a useless thing. At most, besides the English version, you might want support for another language that you understand, but what about the other 50 or so?
Check whether there are such files on the computer and remove them. It may surprise you by how much space will free up on the drive.
Step #4 – Change Default Location for Downloads and Email Attachments
Some people forget about downloads and email attachments. The latter are saved on the Mac by default whenever you double-click on one while checking your emails.
After you remove such downloads like PDF files and email attachments that have accumulated over time, change the default location for them. The desktop is a good suggestion. You will see the files in front of you and remember to delete them after they have served their purpose.
Step #5 – Remove Temporary Data
Temporary backups, app plugins, extensions, and caches are just a few examples of system junk that you would be better off removing regularly.
Instead of doing the work manually, get yourself a cleanup utility tool that removes unwanted system junk automatically.
Step #6 – Transfer Data to External HDDs or Memory Sticks
External storage devices like hard drives or memory sticks are a good solution for those who have many files they want to keep. At times, deleting data is not an option.
An external storage device should do its work even if it is second-hand. Thus, you can get them cheaper by buying from another person. Also, if you are not in a hurry, why not wait for the holiday season when you can get so much stuff on sale?
Step #7 – Check for Malware and Viruses
Viruses and malware could also be the reason why you find less and less free storage on the drive every day.
Cybersecurity threats do more than just harm the computer’s performance or aim to collect personal data. Some threats consume the drive’s space, and if you lack the necessary means to protect yourself, you will be in trouble.
Get yourself reliable anti-malware software and scan the computer. If the scan finds corrupted files, do not hesitate and get rid of them. To avoid malware in the future, make sure that the antivirus is running in the background when the Macbook is turned on.
Step #8 – Use Dropbox and iCloud
Services like Dropbox and iCloud provide another option to store your files instead of deleting them. Clouds are free and provide a few gigabytes of storage. However, if you are happy with them, you can pay a monthly fee and improve the available space.
Cloud storage is pretty safe, and you can sync your profile with multiple devices, which makes accessing files even easier.
Step #9 – Consume Media on Streaming Platforms
Streaming platforms like Netflix and Disney+ provide you with entertainment without the need to keep large media files on the Macbook. You can watch movies and TV shows with just a few clicks.
For music, Spotify and YouTube are the most popular choices. Media is on the go these days, and it makes little sense to clutter your computer’s drive space with media files when they are available, thanks to streaming services.