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BANGKOK 19 June 2019 05:54
cheeryble

Clever way to free up storage?

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Here is my storage readout

 

As you can see it's nearly full.

So full i can't really upgrade from El Cap to Mohave (12.5gb needed)

 

I've emptied stuff out of things that are easy, but the elephant in the room is the yellow OTHER section.

Rather than go searching around piecemeal for stuff i can delete in yellow, what would a clever Apple type guy to start clearing this up, and freeing as much space as poss as soon as poss. 

 

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THERE IS A FREE APP CALLED " Daisy Disk" if you load it and run it it will breakdown all your folders and you will be able to see what other is actually made of.

this will allow you to delete selective items individually , if you want.

 

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THERE IS A FREE APP CALLED " Daisy Disk" if you load it and run it it will breakdown all your folders and you will be able to see what other is actually made of.
this will allow you to delete selective items individually , if you want.
 


This is what I was hoping for thanks, I’ll load tomorrow


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https://macpaw.com/how-to/clean-up-other-storage-on-mac
 
But the obvious things to do would be either to fit a larger hard drive (if possible: Apple often deliberately prevent you from doing that as it loses them money) or to move the movies to an external USB drive. These are very cheap.

Thanks KKong will check link.
I’m guessing ext HDs are solid state nowadays.
Small would be good if I’m on the move.
What would a modest size HD cost nowadays?


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or buy a 512 gig SD card and plug in into the slot , if you have one.

I have a 256 sd card in my MacAir and i store photos and movies on it.

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or buy a 512 gig SD card and plug in into the slot , if you have one.
I have a 256 sd card in my MacAir and i store photos and movies on it.

Mines an Air also, but I thought they have no slot for an SD?


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depends on if it is latest model, older air's have two usb ports and 1 sd port.

can still buy them from apple store.

 

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When I require more space, the fist thing I do is delete “~/Library/Caches” folder.” If you do it regularity it will be 1 or 2 GB, If you have never done it, it can quite large (many GB’s).

 

The delete process is in KittenKong’s link, follow the steps in section 3. I differ a bit, as I delete the whole caches folder (it will be moved to the trash can). Then restart your computer, a new caches folder will appear and repopulated with folders as required. If no problems after a day or two, you can empty the trash can. (In the years I have been doing this, I have never had a problem. If you do have a problem you can move the old caches folder back).

 

Both the caches folder and the trash can are in the yellow “other” section.

 

Regards Bill.

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5 hours ago, moose7117 said:

depends on if it is latest model, older air's have two usb ports and 1 sd port.

can still buy them from apple store.

 

Hey is this it on the left?

 

Had no idea

 

 

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On 5/19/2019 at 8:15 AM, moose7117 said:

THERE IS A FREE APP CALLED " Daisy Disk" if you load it and run it it will breakdown all your folders and you will be able to see what other is actually made of.

this will allow you to delete selective items individually , if you want.

 

Daisy Disk is a free app?

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2 hours ago, Racaoy said:

Daisy Disk is a free app?

Its not free but has a trial period.

I'm not starting the trial until I have a free day.

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ok, maybe it was free.

i got it years ago and i don't remember paying for it.

that is the sd card slot.

simply put in a big card, 256 or 512 and a new disk image will appear on your desktop.

use it as storage.

 

easy peasy.

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Posted (edited)

I haven't had time to sort this out yet, but have learned something worthwhile.

It is possible to cut off most of the SD card which protrudes from the slot. Just a little left protruding.

Half the card is just an empty little case.

there's even a company that sells specially made to fit SDs for Mac which fit flush and look well.

Expensive though.

 

 

ps:

 

I notice a huge difference in the cost of the Tardiscs i just mentioned that fit flush.

They are about $350, ten times more than a regular SD.

Does this mean the normal SD has less ability for living in a Mac?

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