When your startup disk is full on your Mac, you will experience a computer that is not working to full capacity and not working in the way that you need it to. These negative effects extend to include the following:
- Needing to spend the time to clear disk space on your Mac
- Needing to make the necessary space immediately in order to use the computer
- Having a computer that runs applications and programs slowly
- Not having the space to save new work or programs
- Loss of efficiency in all processes
When you are alerted that your startup disk is full on your Macbook Air, you will need to clear space immediately. This can be done manually or with an application. First, we will explore what you can do. These processes will take more time, but they will also get you more involved in the process so you can efficiently free up disk space.
- Uninstall applications that you don’t use. This is the first thing that you should do to free up the most space. Some applications can take up a lot of space that could leave your system clearer with just a few of these programs deleted.
- Empty the trash. This is also a step with a sizeable return that you can do when you haven’t emptied your trash recently, or ever. When you delete files, they are not removed from your system completely; they are simply sent to the trash in a different location. This should be emptied regularly.
- Remove duplicates. This is an issue that most commonly plagues pictures, music, and other media files. This is mainly because sharing and creating new folders can also create new copies of the files. This will take some time and dedication to complete manually but will leave you with applications that are more organized.
- Use an external drive to store files. There are some things on your computer like old vacation pictures that you should keep but will not need to access regularly, and therefore, they can be kept on an external drive or even in online storage rather than on the Mac’s hard drive.
- Analyze the disk space that is being used. When you do this, you will be able to see which applications and programs are using space on your hard drive and why. You will be able to better optimize your system when you know more about how you are using it.
- Delete the contents of the download folder. Whether you download documents online often or not, you will find that when your download folder gets neglected the build up will begin to affect performance. This is also something that can be done regularly to ensure your downloads do not affect the speed or performance of your Mac.