Prefix: I've been a Mac user for 10 years now, even sold the machines. I am aware of how external HDs and cloud storage work. I'm in the market for buying a new (second hand) MacBook Pro, but I'm afraid I'm going to have to get used to only 256 GB of storage space on my machine. Apple's MacBooks come with incredibly low amounts of hard drive space, and buying more is outside of my budget. 128 is just plain unrealistic - no idea how people do that. I bought mine in 2011, and so could easily swap the harddisk out for a Samsung SSD, and even remove the SuperDrive to put in a second HD. I now have 1 TB of storage space, but I'm afraid transferring to a new machine is going to be difficult. My Photos library alone is 113 GB! The biggest perpetrators on my HD are my art projects (HQ image files), photos & videos, and audio recordings. I don't want to store everything in the cloud, since I'm often in places with spotty internet. I hesitate to put all my files on external disks, because it's cumbersome and it feels unsafe. What if something happens to those disks? This brings me to the question: how do you, as a Mac user, optimise your HD space? How do you make sure everything is safe and backed up as well? Where do you keep your precious projects? There must be more creative people with a lot of files, who have the same issue. Let me hear your solutions please!