free up hard drive space

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Graham2096, Dec 7, 2016.

  1. Graham2096 macrumors newbie

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    Hi. I have a Mac Air. The hard drive is nearly full but i only store photos and music which accounts for about 95Gb. Under the heading 'other' its states 104Gb used. I know this is probably a daft question but whats in 'other' and how can i delete some of its contents to spare up space? Many Thanks
     
  2. Left4DeadBoy macrumors regular

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    hi When you boot your Mac; which is how thats done; then you can click on Finder to get to a menu . At the top of your Mac computer you can navigate after clicking Finder > Go > Applications . In Applications you can delete programs you downloaded and then discovered you didnt need like the program Pomodoro Time which keeps track of an hour interval . Although I get warned if I attempt to delete a program within Applications that Mac says is necessary to keep so be aware of that fact . Other than that I recommend keeping your music and focu-sing on deleting pictures . Pictures definitely take up Mac harddrive space .
     
  3. akadafni macrumors regular

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    Other space can consist of system files, downloads folder items, iTunes backups of your iOS devices, emails, calendar data

    It's ok to have "Other" space. I would check the items listed above to see where you can create some space
     
  4. Jyby macrumors 6502

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    When I listen to music, if I don't like a song I delete it. I never keep full music albums because I should, can, or want to. I only keep music I like.
     
  5. dangerfish macrumors 6502

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    You need an application like WhatSize to help you find all the big storage hogs if you don't want to go through folders 1 by 1 trying to find the large files.
     
  6. Keebler macrumors 68030

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    +10000......whatsize is a fantastic app

    Also, check where iTunes stores any device backups because those backups, if you store them on your mac, suck up a huge amount of space - or at least they do on my mac. It's ridiculous honestly..
     
  7. Stewart21 macrumors regular

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    If you have Time Machine backups turned on but no external drive connected so the backups can be saved to that drive the backups are stored on your local hard drive until an external drive is connected.
     
  8. Dsching Suspended

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    Get daisydisk.
    It's an essential app that should be included with every mac.
     
  9. EliCsuf macrumors member

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    Monolingual removes unwanted/unnecessary languages.

    https://www.macupdate.com/app/mac/7758/monolingual#close
     

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