Disc is almost full.

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by Lou Taggart, Apr 18, 2019.

  1. Lou Taggart macrumors newbie

    Lou Taggart

    Apr 18, 2019
    I just bought a brand new MacBook Pro ---- exact same "model" as my old 2012 MacBook Pro that finally died. I transferred everything that I had backed up on an external hard drive to the new MacBook, and it's saying "disc is almost full." How can my brand new MacBook, which should be more powerful and advanced than the old one not have as much storage? Thanks in advance - I not good with technology!
  2. LogicalApex macrumors 6502

    Nov 13, 2015
    Did you buy a model with less storage than your last? Surely, you know how much storage you had and how much you purchased...
  3. kohlson macrumors 68000

    Apr 23, 2010
    It's possible your old one had a hard disk drive of 500GB or more - and the new one has an SSD that's only 256GB.
  4. Lou Taggart thread starter macrumors newbie

    Lou Taggart

    Apr 18, 2019
    I don't know how much storage my old MacBook had b/c it's totally dead now and I no longer have the box it came in. I guess I could call Apple and give them the serial # and they could tell me.
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    Thank you! A friend suggested that might be the case, but why would my newer one have LESS storage than the old one, when I believe I bought the same "model," only newer?
  5. theapplehead macrumors 6502


    Dec 17, 2018
    Definitely check the serial number online with a Google search or with Apple Support.

    As far as your new MBP is concerned, just because it is the same screen size or model does not guarantee that you will get the same storage. Go to the "About this Mac" section under the Apple logo at the top left of the screen, then select "Storage" to determine how much storage you have. It is very possible that your new Mac has less storage than your old one. If that is the case, you may want to consider exchanging it for a model with a greater level of storage. I would talk with Apple to decide the best amount of storage for you.

    Good luck and let me know if you have any further questions.

  6. pshufd macrumors 6502a

    Oct 24, 2013
    New Hampshire
    Large HDDs are cheap while SSDs are expensive. On the 2019 iMac, the options, in order of price are 1 TB Fusion, 2 TB Fusion, 256 GB SSD, 512 GB SSD, 1 TB SSD, 2 TB SSD. The 1 TB SSD is a $600 or $700 uplift from the 1 TB Fusion drive. So that's why storage on new models may be lower - because there are different kinds of storage with wildly differing prices.
  7. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Download and run OmniDiskSweeper (its free) It will provide a sorted list of your files/folders and show you where all your space is going. It includes system and hidden folders
  8. Fishrrman macrumors P6


    Feb 20, 2009
    You DON'T WANT a drive (on a brand-new Mac) that is "almost full".

    It's time to start thinking critically, and to separate "the wheat from the chaff".
    That means looking at what's on the drive, and start throwing stuff out.

    I'd pare it down to about 60% full.

    You're going to have to start using an EXTERNAL drive to supplement your internal storage. Put the less-accessed or seldom-accessed stuff on the the external drive.
  9. MichaelDT macrumors regular

    Aug 18, 2012
    Return it while you still can and order one with more storage.
  10. Lou Taggart thread starter macrumors newbie

    Lou Taggart

    Apr 18, 2019
    Thank you so much!!!!! What you say is very helpful to a novice like me!
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    Thank you so much for your response! Being so ignorant of technology I had no idea. The info. you shared with me is very helpful -thank you again for taking the time!
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    I've spent hours today getting rid of stuff! I really appreciate your helpful advice - I'm starting to understand what's going on I think! Everyone on this forum has been so helpful - Thank you again!!!!
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    Thanks - I'm considering that!
  11. Lou Taggart thread starter macrumors newbie

    Lou Taggart

    Apr 18, 2019
    Thank you so much for that advice! I will definitely do that. Thank you again!!!!!

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