Remember what it was like when you just purchased your Mac? Plenty of storage space, clean desktop, and your applications would run the moment you clicked on their icons. Where are those days gone? Now to download one file – a small one! – you need to delete another, and you keep getting these out-of-storage messages. How to free up disk space on Mac if you aren’t even sure what it is that occupies so much of disk space on Mac? We have gone through the same and figured out ways to clean up Mac hard drive. They are simple, yet efficient when it comes to cleaning a Mac.
1. Take large files off your Mac
Pictures and videos taken at a last year vacation, a movie or TV series you downloaded a few months ago – do you really need all of them on your hard drive? Not when you need to free up space on MacBook – moving them to an external hard drive or cloud service is a better option. You are unlikely to terribly miss them.
2. Uninstall applications you do not need
Check your Apps folder – there are apps you use regularly, once in a while, hardly use and do not use at all. Get rid of the latter two categories. In “To uninstall or not?” dilemma, remember that the software you got from the AppStore can be re-downloaded for free, if and when required. As for other applications – if there is no way to get them back and you think you might need them later, it would be safer to move them to an external drive or cloud.
3. Clean up Downloads folder
This folder is meant for temporary storage of files you download from the Internet. Those you need should be moved to other folders, those you do not, should go to Trash (do not forget to empty Trash afterwards). We tend to forget about the folder all together without realizing how much MacBook disk space it occupies.
4. Stream movies and TV shows in iTunes in the Cloud
Considering that the Internet is pretty much omnipresent these days, streaming movies and TV shows via iTunes in the iCloud instead of saving them on your Mac’s iTunes is not a bad option at all. And it helps you free up disk space you need for other things. To remove a video from iTunes on your Mac, right-click on it and choose a relevant option. Again, if you think you might need them offline, move them to an external hard drive or cloud instead.
5. Enable iCloud Photo Library
This option allows you to automatically copy photos and videos to iCloud and increase disk space on your Mac. To enable it, in the Photos app go to Photos > Preferences. In iCloud section, check the boxes for iCloud Photo Library and Optimize Mac Storage. You might want to have a complete backup of your photo library before sending it to the cloud.
6. Sort out duplicate Photo libraries
The new Photos app for Mac stirred a lot of discussion on whether it causes duplication of your photo libraries or not. A lot of Mac users report they discover additional libraries on their machines, while others argue that it could not be because of Photos. Whatever it is, it does not hurt to look closer at your pictures and try to figure out things for yourself. In the end, organizing your pictures and getting rid of duplicates – not necessarily caused by Photos – is another way to free up hard drive space Mac owners could make use of.
If you need more hard disk space on this Mac, this is what you should start with. You might have noticed that more often than not, to clear disk space Mac owners employ cloud storage services. There are many, so you have a lot to choose from. Nothing stops you from using several cloud services at a time either, especially since there is CloudMounter. This application allows you to manage all your online data by mounting cloud storages on your Mac. You thus can access and manage their contents as if it were stored on local drives.
CloudMounter supports all popular services – Microsoft OneDrive, Amazon S3, Google Drive and Dropbox. Unlike their native applications, CloudMounter does not force you to duplicate data locally and online, files get copied to your hard drive only when you choose to open them in a cloud. Thus disk space Mac owners could make use of is practically unlimited – as long as you are connected to the Internet. Another handy feature offered by CloudMounter is that it allows you to connect to remote servers via WebDAV and FTP/FTPS/SFTP protocols, thus becoming a single entry point to all data you store online. Did you find answers to your ‘How to increase disk space?’ and ‘How to get more disk space?’ queries in this write-up? Hope you did.
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