Conserving Space on Your Mac

If you are like me, and you have the base model of the Macbook Air, then you know all about the need to keep your local drive tidy, because with only 128 GB, you don’t have much room for clutter. Here are some tips for conserving space on your Mac.

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Mail and Music

I’ve found two things to be especially helpful in conserving space. First, I regularly export all of my email out of Thunderbird as .eml (a mail file with attachments), .html (a web file with attachments), and .txt (plain text). I keep the plain text versions on my local drive and leave the other two versions on an external hard drive as archives. This enables me to call up the emails whenever I want, and if I need the attachments, I can just plug in the hard drive to get them.

I’ve also been keeping iTunes on an external drive and on the rare occasion that I need to sync with it, I plug in the drive to do it. I am not a big fan of iTunes, and try to avoid it whenever possible, because I’ve always found it quite user-unfriendly (your mileage may vary). I have to interact with it sometimes because of my idevices, but this way I can at least keep it from chewing up all of the space on my local drive with apps, music, podcasts, etc.

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