Running Out of Storage Space

I am sure most of us have struggled with storage space at one time or another. I read the article below and it really struck a chord with me, as I have been here and am a fan of DaisyDisk. In the old days, when you ran out of room on your computer it was easy to buy a bigger hard drive and problem solved. For the past several years however, hard drives have become a thing of the past in most computers. Modern computers use solid state storage in place of hard drives and while there are several standard formats for solid state storage modules they too, are sadly fading and in many cases, what you pay for when you buy a new computer/cell phone, is what you are stuck with forever, upgrades are not possible.

This was really driven home for me recently when my 2012 MacBook Pro decided it had worked long enough and just stopped. My trusty old computer allowed me to upgrade the memory and storage and I had done that. When I had to look for a new machine I had to make some hard decisions. I really wanted to get a computer with the new Apple M1 processor, and I am very glad I did, but the new MacBooks do not allow any upgrades, ever, so you need to get what you need when you buy it. My old MacBook had 32GB of Memory and 1 TB of storage, but the entry MacBooks have 8GB of Memory and 256GB of storage, a significant reduction from what I was used to. Long story short, I opted for the base level machine and with diligence and iCloud storage that should work OK for most people. The size of the memory is less of a concern thanks to the brilliant architecture of the Apple M1 chip but with the storage limited to 256GB you need to keep an eye on it to make sure you have enough free space. The article states 50GB is a good amount of free space and that is a good guide. For reference my new computer has 256GB of storage and 142GB of free space so all is well.

A couple of years ago I had problem with running out of hard drive space. I struggled with this and tried everything I could think of but could not find what was filling up my hard drive. I stumbled across DaisyDisk and suddenly it was obvious. There was a very large hidden folder on the drive that did not show up in Finder. Once I found it, it was easy to delete it and problem solved. There are many things that can fill up storage space, this article deals with one of them, Log Files. There are many programs that keep log files, these files hold data about things that can be useful in diagnosing a problem but over time they can really add up and use an incredible amount of storage space. If you ever get a message that states your storage space is full, this article could help solve your problem.

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