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Thread: Help! I need advice how to clear up space on my Mac

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    Default Help! I need advice how to clear up space on my Mac

    Fellow LGKers,

    It seems I'm somewhat inept when it comes to techie stuff. Here's my latest bind. My Mac can no longer do software updates because I don't have space on my hard drive. I have actually gotten a 1 terabyte external hard drive and have moved copies of all my files (music, documents, photos, etc.) onto it.

    Now I ask, should I delete all my music and photos off my Mac now? It seems an obvious question, I know, but I'm not sure if deleting this stuff will free up enough space to get updates and download new stuff. I have a little over 69 gigs of music on my iTunes library. And I have a few thousand photos on iPhoto.

    And if you're wondering, I have indeed gone through my Mac's hard drive and deleted as many programs and unimportant things that I could find. But now, I'm still faced with no room and there's really nothing left to delete (aside from music and photos). I have no movies stored or any space eating material like that.

    Experts please help me with any advice you can offer.

    I am deeply appreciative. Thanks,

    ~ So Sumi (aka Mark, aka Buddha's Righthand)


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    You can always zip up (compress) your pictures. Assuming macs can do that kind of thing of course.
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    If your itunes were purchased, they could be stored on the cloud. If you downloaded CD's and other stuff, those you need to keep.

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    Take your files to the cloud.

    Google Drive triples free storage to 15GB | Internet & Media - CNET News

    The new amount of storage space will give people who use Google services the most generous storage capacity of any player in the free online-storage game. A quick look at competitors shows that Dropbox currently starts free subscribers at 2GB, Microsoft SkyDrive users get 7GB, and Apple iCloud, Amazon Cloud Storage, and SugarSync offer 5GB for free. The announcement follows a Google Drive update from last week that allows you to save files from the Web directly to Drive.
    Not only is it free, it's off-site back-up storage in case your mac is ever stolen, lost or destroyed.
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    take out the middle bun.

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    Also, I've moved the vast majority of my music collection to Google Play. They allow you to store 20,000 songs for free.

    https://support.google.com/googlepla.../1143668?hl=en
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    If you plan on deleting the music files that you've copied over to the external HD, you have to refer to this new file path on iTunes. Otherwise, iTunes won't know what the heck happened to your music.

    It should be in your iTunes > Preferences > Advanced tab > and change folder.
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    I use a program called Clean My Mac to free up hard drive space. It does a system scan and removes files you don't need. It cleans up caches, deletes log files, removes universal binaries if you're using a newer Mac, etc. It's cleared 23.3gb in total over the last year or so of running it occasionally on my machine. That's almost 20% of my 128gb SSD's total capacity.

    It also has a feature that scans your drive looking for large files you haven't accessed in a while. Makes it simple to get rid of stuff you forgot was on your drive.
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