How to clear mac. Disc space full.

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by lizegb, Jul 6, 2015.

  1. lizegb macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2015
    I'm going to be starting University in September, so I will need to store a lot of work and things on here, but at the moment my disc space is full and I literally don't know how to clear it. Most of my files is in 'other' and i don't know what this is.
    I want to completely clear down my mac but keep my iTunes and iPhoto library. Most of my disc is full with music and photos and I don't know where to store them.
    Any help would be much appreciated.

  2. Gav2k macrumors G3


    Jul 24, 2009
  3. lizegb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2015
    Do you recommend any in particular?
  4. darngooddesign macrumors G3

    Jul 4, 2007
    Atlanta, GA
    Command+I on your various user folders will give you a better idea of what's in there. There are also apps which will give you more details; some will let you delete caches and other accumulated files which are unnecessary.

    I access my music and photos frequently so I find having to use an external drive tethered is a pain. My suggestion is to upgrade your internal drive and stick your existing one in an enclosure. I assume you have the tiny 128GB drive.
  5. quackers82 macrumors 6502

    Mar 13, 2014
  6. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    I imagine this is a similar suggestion to Quackers. I always used OmniDiskSweeper to check the free space, as it's quite a simple interface:

    Of course I'm sure they provide the same functionality so it's your choice which one to use.
  7. ET iPhone Home macrumors 68040

    ET iPhone Home

    Oct 5, 2011
    Orange County, California USA
    Go to APPLICATIONS > DISK UTILITY, Choose/Hi-light the HDD/SSD in the left column. Then choose the tab ERASE. However, be careful NOT to erase everything unless that's what you want to do. BACKUP! before proceeding.
  8. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68040


    Nov 8, 2014
    Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
    You can check with what consumes most of your disk space and what can be deleted.
    And you can use a, if you have a 13" MBA or simply an external HDD.
  9. lizegb thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 6, 2015
    Thank you for all your suggestions. I will try cutting file size down and get back if I still need advice. :)

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