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How to clear mac. Disc space full.

lizegb

macrumors newbie
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Apr 6, 2015
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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.

Thanks
 

darngooddesign

macrumors G3
Jul 4, 2007
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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.
 
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ET iPhone Home

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Oct 5, 2011
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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.

Thanks
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.
 
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Ulenspiegel

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Nov 8, 2014
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Land of Flanders and Elsewhere
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.

Thanks

You can check with http://diskwave.barthe.ph what consumes most of your disk space and what can be deleted.
And you can use a http://eu.minidrive.bynifty.com, if you have a 13" MBA or simply an external HDD.
 
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lizegb

macrumors newbie
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Apr 6, 2015
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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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