Hi : ) !!! - My 11" MBA is too full. I need to transfer the info ...

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by igmolinav, Nov 7, 2016.

  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    My 11" MBA is too full.

    55 GB of 'other things',
    40 GB of photos,
    20 GB of other things.

    I have an external hard drive. How could I transfer the bulk of information
    in the most organized way? I mean, perhaps creating a folder in the hard
    drive, whose name may be 'pictures 2015-2017', 'videos 2015-2017', etc.

    Thank you in advance, I'll be very happy to hear all your suggestions.

    Thank you very much, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
  2. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    Your best bet is using your external hard drive to do a full time machine backup. Doing so not only you backup all your data, but also you have current system state so that if Sth is wrong you can fall back to a previous state.
  3. Buggyflayer macrumors regular

    Nov 13, 2014
    West Sussex, UK
    Its easy to forget some videos and large .dmg's around a system. You may be storing stuff you don't need. Disk Inventory X is old but gold http://www.derlien.com
  4. cnev3 macrumors 6502

    Sep 13, 2012
    What does that have to do with what he's asking?

    Hey buddy what you need to do is copy your iPhoto library to your external HDD, and then tell OSX that the new location of the library is on the external, then delete the original off the SDD and free up all that data.

    If you do a google search, there are people who share how they have relocated other programs to external hdd's and microSD cards. Thats what im going to do with my new/old 64gb Air. I got a 128GB microSD card coming.
  5. hibernate macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2014
    I had the same issue with my 11" MBA with a 256 GB drive! I ran out of storage space so I bought a new SSD drive. I got an OWC Aura 480 GB SSD drive that I installed into my mid 2013 MBA.

    I followed the instructions, and installed OSX, my old 256 GB drive contents onto the new drive and I have plenty of extra storage space now.

    One important caveat. The drive runs fairly hot, uncomfortably so. I bought a cheap plastic case to put on the bottom of my MBA so that when I rest the case on my lap it won't be uncomfortably hot. I also installed the MacFans Control App so I can individualize the fan speed to help cool down the MBA with my new drive.
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    OK, a cheaper option as mentioned above , is to backup your Photos.
    I have used iPhoto Library Manager by FatCat Software to backup my photos to an external HD. It works great
  6. Brammy macrumors 65816

    Sep 17, 2008
    If you're on Sierra, turn on the option to download optimized photos only. That will store the hi-res images in the cloud and save you some disk space.
  7. igmolinav thread starter macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005

    Thank you for your messages : ) !!!

    How do I go about copying it,
    and then
    telling OSX that the new location of the library is on the external;
    and finally
    deleting the original off the SDD, in order to free up all that data ??

    Which words or sentences would you suggest for a good google search, in order to get to these links where people share how they have done it? If you already have a link or two to these people, would you mind sharing it with me? I am already doing my google search and I hope it is as succesful as the one you have done. Software and computer related stuff takes is not always so easy; I'll be posting my results, however.

    Thank you again, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
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    Thank you to hibernate and Brammy too : ) !!!

    I'll take a look at Fat Cat software, but seems to me a bit easier to move things out of the 11" MBA.

    I am not on Sierra, but Yosimite. When you talk about access to a cloud, is it a service at an extra cost?

    Thank you, kind regards,

    igmolinav : ) !!!
  8. hibernate macrumors newbie

    Apr 30, 2014
    That software I mentioned does that and provides info on the necessary steps.

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