How to best manage internal storage on 256gb 2018 MBP?

bingefeller

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Hello folks!

I just got a 2018 MacBook Pro model with 256gb storage. I didn't realise how little that was until I went to transfer my old files across, especially seeing as I had a folder with 150gb of videos in it.

So, for the people with the 256gb model, how are you managing your storage? I don't intend to keep an external HDD attached all the time so any advice is appreciated.

Hopefully some kind of small attachment drive will come out I can plug into the Thunderbolt ports at the side of the machine.
 

Falhófnir

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The only thing you really can do is offload things which take up a lot of storage space, either to external drives, or to iCloud, dropbox etc. Media like videos and photos take up a lot of space, so I guess you could try only keeping a select few you want to see/ need to use actually on the computer, and have the rest backed up across a couple of drives. It's annoying they've ditched the SD card slot, as loading more onto there would be a quick and easy way of accessing them when you wanted them without having to take a whole drive with you (and risk losing everything by dropping it if its mechanical!). There are relatively small USB C thumb drives available as an alternative, but I think they're quite pricey for significant quantities of storage (And I'm always somewhat warier of them as I've had a coupe fail on me whereas I've yet to see an SD fail)
 
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bingefeller

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The only thing you really can do is offload things which take up a lot of storage space, either to external drives, or to iCloud, dropbox etc. Media like videos and photos take up a lot of space, so I guess you could try only keeping a select few you want to see/ need to use actually on the computer, and have the rest backed up across a couple of drives. It's annoying they've ditched the SD card slot, as loading more onto there would be a quick and easy way of accessing them when you wanted them without having to take a whole drive with you (and risk losing everything by dropping it if its mechanical!). There are relatively small USB C thumb drives available as an alternative, but I think they're quite pricey for significant quantities of storage (And I'm always somewhat warier of them as I've had a coupe fail on me whereas I've yet to see an SD fail)
Thanks for replying.

I'm going to look into some cloud storage solutions. Problem is that I want to be able to see the files from my laptop and then decide if I download them. Some of cloud apps begin downloading the files the minute you open the app.
 

Platocplx

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Thanks for replying.

I'm going to look into some cloud storage solutions. Problem is that I want to be able to see the files from my laptop and then decide if I download them. Some of cloud apps begin downloading the files the minute you open the app.
If icloud runs like Dropbox. I know I can do selective downloads for Dropbox.
You can get 2TB if space for 10 dollars a month on iCloud
 

bingefeller

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Thanks folks. I deleted some unneeded apps, such as Garageband, Pages, Keynote and I also deleted my copy of Logic Pro as it was using crazy amounts of storage. I plan to reinstall a more streamlined version of Logic over the weekend.