Free up space without getting into the OS

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by Yizi, Jul 3, 2014.

  1. Yizi macrumors regular

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    Hi there, I'm having a bit of a hard time here, my mum's laptop is full to the max! and it's so full that the OS doesn't even load so I can clear some of the stuff. It's a MBA 11 inch and the SSD is embedded so I can take it out and do a clean up, I also thought about loading the machine using a external OS and try and clean it up that way. Does anyone have any ideas how else this can be sorted?

    Thanks in advance.
     
  2. scaredpoet macrumors 604

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    If you have another Mac and a Thunderbolt cable to connect the two together, you can boot your mother's Macbook Air in Target Disk Mode.

    http://support.apple.com/kb/PH10725

    This way, you can access the drive of the MBA on the other Mac, just like an external drive, without having to remove it. Then you can clean up your files and when you're done, eject the drive front he other mac and reboot the MBA as normal.
     
  3. flowrider, Jul 3, 2014
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    flowrider macrumors 601

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    I recommend starting from an external HDD and saving the files you need and then reformatting the internal drive. Also, if you feel your Mum's SSD is to small you can replace it:

    http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1729071

    http://www.amazon.com/Transcend-Jet...06529&sr=8-7-spell&keywords=transend+jetdrive

    And with this method your old drive goes into an enclosure to be reused as an external USB 3.0 drive.

    I put one in my 2012 MBA.

    Most experts seem to agree that SSDs shouldn't be filled to more than 75% of capacity, but my rule of thumb is between 60 to 70%.

    Lou
     
  4. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    I use Carbon Copy Cloner to create bootable USB images of my internal, boot from the CCC image and mount the internal if I've got issues.
     
  5. GhettoMrBob macrumors regular

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    Have you actually done this? As far as I know, target disk mode is limited to FireWire & Thunderbolt.
     
  6. flowrider macrumors 601

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    ^^^^YOU ARE INDEED CORRECT!!!! Sorry for leading the OP astray.

    Lou
     
  7. Dweez macrumors 65816

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    I re-read the original post, and you're unable to boot the system?
     
  8. brand macrumors 601

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    The very first sentence covered that.
     

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