macOS Sierra: Save Disk Space With the New 'Optimize Storage' Option

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    macOS Sierra, available today, includes a built-in storage optimization feature that's designed to free up storage space on a Mac by storing rarely used files in iCloud, regularly emptying the trash, removing unnecessary files, and more.

    It's a handy feature that can give you a good amount of additional storage space with a set of tools that you normally had to download a third-party storage optimization app to use. Here's how to take advantage of Sierra's Optimize Storage feature:
    1. Click on the Apple logo at the top of the menubar and select "About This Mac" from the list of options.
    2. Choose the "Storage" tab at the top to see an overview of how much storage you're using on your Mac.

    3. Click on "Manage" to open up the optimization options.
    When you open up Optimize Storage, there's a breakdown of where your files are stored and a list of recommended actions you can take to free up space, all of which is new.

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  2. kcamfork Suspended

    Oct 7, 2011
    Such a feature is laughable when you only are provided 5 GB of iCloud storage.
  3. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    Seems risky with Apple's recent lack of quality assurance. If this caused my MacBook to loose my PhD dissertation I would snap. I keep multiple copies offline and online of all my files, but many others are not as cautious.
  4. jmckinstry macrumors newbie


    Sep 14, 2016
    Any idea how to get rid of that "Purgeable" data at the end of that bar chart (the grey diagonal stripes)? Did the "review" a few days ago and I still can't figure it out.
  5. CaptOblivious macrumors member

    Sep 29, 2014

    *for free
  6. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
  7. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    The real savings will be (next year?) when we see Apple File System.
  8. york2600 macrumors regular


    Jul 24, 2002
    Portland, OR
    This is actually one of the more useful new features in an otherwise boring OS update
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn


    Mar 23, 2005
  10. cube macrumors P6

    May 10, 2004
    I'd rather have official DIY eGPU support.
  11. Paradoxally macrumors 68000

    Feb 4, 2011
    It's a dollar a month for 10x that capacity. Don't be cheap.
  12. Mr_Brightside_@ macrumors 68040


    Sep 23, 2005
    Fingers crossed this could bring a similar feature in iOS in the future.
  13. Andres Cantu macrumors 68030

    Andres Cantu

    May 31, 2015
    Rio Grande Valley in South Texas
    My mac doesn't show the storage split by category like it did in El Capitan. Wonder why?
  14. 8281 macrumors 6502

    Dec 15, 2010
    Presumably this person owns an apple device, and is therefore not cheap.
  15. CrystalQuest76 Suspended

    Dec 14, 2015
    West Cost A Lot
    Its a great feature for Apple executives to charge fees for additional storage space. Since its a cloud service this slice of Apple business is registered in Ireland and where all the fees go.

    As we know Apple pays very little taxes there and the executives are unwilling to bring those profits back into the United States since they want to get the bigger bonus by not paying US taxes.
  16. KALLT macrumors 601

    Sep 23, 2008
    You mean, APFS will make files magically smaller?

    Just the thought of it... A system that deletes files for you and uploads them somewhere. So many things can, and I suspect will, go wrong. Even if you do have a backup, this feature removes old files, files you probably won’t immediately miss. Not even Time Machine keeps files forever as long as it continues to back up everything.
  17. BlandUsername macrumors regular


    Jan 18, 2016
    In yer server room, fixing the tubes
    Local NAS is a better solution. Those really require that you aren't cheap :rolleyes::rolleyes::rolleyes:
  18. 2010mini macrumors 601

    Jun 19, 2013
    Why do you only have 5gb of iCloud storage?
  19. 2457282 Suspended

    Dec 6, 2012
    I have the Time Capsule to back up at home and the iCloud for remote backups. With this feature, I am wondering if I need the Time Capsule.....

    Somehow I still want to have a local copy.
  20. gsmornot macrumors 68030


    Sep 29, 2014
    Not smaller, more efficient which will lead to less used space due to lack of duplication in the file system. Virtualization will reduce considerably the needed file space.

    Your personal files will remain the size they are but if you happen to have multiples of a part of your files the system will know this and virtualize parts of it. Thats how I understand it with the little bit I have read so far.
  21. Michaelgtrusa macrumors 604

    Oct 13, 2008
  22. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    Stranger things have happened.
  23. SteveJobs2.0 macrumors 6502a

    Mar 9, 2012
    There already is, sort of. My iPhone keeps old, full resolution photos in the cloud and only low quality version on the phone. When I click on a picture it downloads the full version. Granted, this is a very specific implementation of the memory management feature, but it helps those with many photos and more so the "16 gigers".
  24. manu chao macrumors 603

    Jul 30, 2003
    In my mind this feature makes only sense if you have multiple Macs, in particular a desktop and a laptop, and only enable the 'Optimise Storage' feature on the laptop (but have iCloud sync stuff between your computers).
  25. MacsRgr8, Sep 20, 2016
    Last edited: Sep 20, 2016

    MacsRgr8 macrumors 604


    Sep 8, 2002
    The Netherlands
    Cool this.

    But, can someone explain what this "Purgeable Storage" is...?
    I understand what it means literally, but what does macOS Sierra believe is "Purgeable"?

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