How to Free up Your Macbook’s Drive Space?

How to Free up Your Macbook’s Drive Space?


It is no secret that Macbooks are quite popular. Their sleek design, a plethora of available applications, good overall performance, and continuous improvements and strive for innovation from the developers make Mac owners quite happy.

However, if there is one thing that some people may struggle with, it would have to be the lack of available storage. The most recent switch to solid-state drives for new Mac models is understandable. SSDs perform faster than HDDs. However, the former does not have as much space as a hard drive. 

If there are only a few gigabytes of free space left on your Mac’s drive, you will encounter performance issues. The computer will take longer to load after a reboot; video games will drop frames, some apps may stutter or crash. The answer is simple – you need more space on the Macbook’s drive. The question is – how do you create that space? If you want to find out, follow the steps below.

Step #1 – Memorize Ways to Delete Files Permanently

Do not think that dragging files in the Trash Bin is enough to remove them from the computer permanently. No, you will need to empty the Bin when you put a file in it. 

Enabling the feature that deletes files in the Trash Bin after 30 days is also worth considering, but that would mean waiting for 30 days instead of getting rid of unnecessary files right away.

If you do not want to deal with the Trash Bin, memorize a keyboard shortcut. Option + Command + Delete will delete files you select. Hit the key sequence and confirm the pop-up box to remove files from the Macbook.

Step #2 – Take Care of Temporary System Junk



Taking care of temporary system junk will free up the drive’s space and give your system fewer files to deal with. 

Temporary data like app caches, plugins, extensions, and system backups are a hindrance. You can remove it either manually or by using a cleanup utility tool. The latter option is more efficient as you would have to spend a lot of time deleting temporary files manually.

Step #3 – Get Rid of Old Applications

Check your Macbook application list and think which of the apps you no longer need. Even if an app does not take a lot of disk space, you should still remove it. After all, you will have an option to download and reinstall an app in case you need to use it in the future.

Step #4 – Pay Attention to Downloads and Email Attachments

Files in download and email attachment folders accumulate faster than you expect, particularly if you tend to forget about downloading a file. 

In case you do not want to check download and email folders regularly, change the default direction for these files. For example, you could use the Macbook’s desktop.

You will have an easier time noticing files on the desktop and can delete them once they are of no use to you. 

Step #5 – Transfer Data to External Storage

hard drive of Macbook

The computer data management strategy does not have to revolve around finding ways to remove data permanently. No, you can take a different approach and take advantage of the available external storage options.


For starters, an external hard drive or a memory stick could come in handy. The devices are portable and do not take much room space, which means that you should not have problems finding a place in your home for them. 

Moreover, external storage devices are relatively cheap, though you can spend even less money if you are not in a hurry. Wait for the next sale that hits around the holiday season.

Besides hard drives and memory sticks, cloud services are another way to transfer your data or create backups. 

Services like Dropbox and iCloud offer a few gigabytes for free with an option to extend the available storage for a monthly fee. If you are happy with the services, spending some money on it should not be an issue, right?

Step #6 – Check the System for Potential Malware

Do not underestimate potential cybersecurity threats. There are various types of malware, and one could be eating your Macbook’s drive space as you are reading this article.

Launch your antivirus software to scan the system and confirm that the disk is virus-free. If the antivirus finds any corrupted files, remove them from the computer immediately. 

Step #7 – Stick to Streaming Sites for Your Media Needs

streaming Platform

Large media files could be one of the main problems why there is so little free space left on the Macbook’s drive. Some like to hoard movies and TV shows on their computer. Creating a backlog that you may never watch spells trouble for the computer’s drive.

Instead of keeping media files on the computer, you should stick to streaming platforms. Netflix, Disney+, Hulu, Amazon, and even Spotify are great for your media needs.

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