How do you manage your data with the MBA?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by terrificbatman, Apr 4, 2011.

  1. terrificbatman macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2010
    Hey everyone,

    Being that most people have under 256gb for storage in their MBA's, how do you keep your drives tidy? I read that the SSD performance may degrade if you have low disk space. Do you run any kind of software via external drives, plugged via USB or wifi?

  2. rmbrown09 macrumors 6502a


    Jan 25, 2010
    1.) I always clear my downloads folder
  3. boston04and07 macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2008
    I have MobileMe and two hard drives plugged into my Airport Extreme. I keep all of my iTunes content on one drive so that I can access it via my Apple TV at home. The other drive is for Time Machine. When I'm away, the drives still appear in the Finder, so I can still access the files. Time Machine does back up remotely, and iTunes will *try* to play content remotely, but always is very choppy and ends up freezing. If iTunes could ever do this, I'd be very happy. But for now, just having wireless access to the files both in my apartment and away is really nice. When I'm in my apartment, I definitely don't want the Air tethered to a desk, which is why I'd recommend having some type of wireless storage system available.
  4. KPOM, Apr 5, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 5, 2011

    KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    Until Apple updates OS X 10 to provide TRIM access to all Macs, I'd also recommend installing the TRIM Support Enabler discussed in the Mac Pro forums. That should help counteract performance degradation.
  5. TheRealDamager macrumors 65816

    Jan 5, 2011
    256GB is still a lot of space. I have OSX, Win7, Office 2010 for Windows, Office 2011 for Mac, 5 years of email archives, half a dozen movies, and a small music collection and still have more than half of my disk left.

    You just have to get out of the mindset of carrying around EVERYTHING IN THE WORLD. There is little reason to need 300 GB of music with you at all times. Instead carry just the music you are currently listening to. Instead of carrying around 50 movies, carry the half a dozen you are actually interested in watching.
  6. scyon macrumors newbie

    Feb 22, 2010
    QFT. If the problem you're trying to solve involves more hardware that you can have in the form factor you want, redefine the problem.
  7. agallowa macrumors regular


    Jun 15, 2010
    Citrus Heights, CA
    exactly what i have done since switching primarilly to a newer air. im even using a 64gb base 11" and ive kinda condensed alot of junk music/movies i had just sitting on my hd on my old macbook pro and it cleared alot of room up for stuff i must have with me at all times. also have a 320gb external lacie rikiki hd i carry with me at all times that has absolutly everything on it with plently of room to spare and i use for my time machine backups. super small portable drive that i hardley ever notice i have with me size wise.

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