MacBooks are expensive, but many of us still want to spend our savings on buying these reliable devices. Since MacBooks integrate solid-state drives, even the low storage variants are known to be faster. However, you can always increase the storage by clearing other storage on your MacBook.
Other storage is the data that includes temporary files, PDF documents, PSD files, user cache, system cache, browser cache, plugins, and extensions that you might not get in the categorized labels. If you want to delete uncategorized files in other storage, read more about the detailed procedure.
Here are a few suggestions that explain how you can add more storage to your Apple laptop.
One great option to expand your computer’s storage is upgrading its SSD. Since Apple has changed its manufacturing procedure in its newest models, not all MacBooks are upgradable. However, you can upgrade the below-mentioned MacBook models.
MacBook Pro non-Retina 2016 and earlier
MacBook Pro Retina 2015 and earlier
MacBook Air 2017 and earlier
MacBook 2010 and earlier
Before you start upgrading your device, it’s important that you know what MacBook model you have. Just saying that you own a MacBook Pro is not enough; you must know the name, year of manufacture, and screen size of your device to be able to upgrade the SSD.
To know about the model in detail, go to the menu bar and click the Apple logo available in the top-left corner and tab About This Mac. Under the Overview tab, you can check the name of your MacBook model along with other specifications. However, before you invest in a new SSD, always consider the specifications of your MacBook to decide if the upgrade is worthwhile.
USB Type-A Drives
If you have an old MacBook that comes with a USB Type-A Connector, you have the chance to add more storage by adding a low-profile USB drive. These storage devices are smaller, compact, and portable; so, the best thing is that you can carry them along even if you are not taking your laptop with you.
USBs can be used to transfer and store important data that you do not want to save in your Mac’s hard drive to prevent unauthorized access. Adding more storage to your computer by connecting USB is an affordable option. A USB with a 3.1 interface reads data faster with a speed capacity of 130 megabytes per second.
USB-C Storage Hub
For all other users who own a MacBook with Type-C USB connectors, you can upgrade storage by connecting a storage hub that comes with multiple USB-C connectors. Apart from an integrated shockproof SSD storage and one USB-C connector, it also includes two USB 3.0 Type-A connectors and one HDMI that supports 4K at 30 Hz.
The portable unit allows you to enhance your storage while not spending much on buying an external device. You can transfer your most important files and sensitive data to the compact SSD and carry it with you wherever you go.
SD and MicroSD
Older MacBooks have got an integrated memory card reader, and if you too have this, you are fortunate to upgrade the storage inexpensively. You must already have an SD card; if not, you can buy one from the nearest electronics store as they are easily available at the most reasonable prices.
If you are planning to use a MicroSD card, you might need to connect an SD to a microSD connector. The best thing about using SD or microSD card is that you can transfer multimedia files such as images, videos, and movies from your MacBook and later watch them on your iOS or Android devices.
Network Attached Storage
It is a high-grade professional-level option to upgrade the storage on Mac or MacBooks. The professionals who work from a single network can opt for Network Attached Storage devices. It enables you to configure a network-attached storage drive to be shared across a secure network. Once it is configured accurately, you can use it to backup your device to another network location using Time Machine.
You will need a faster internet connection to ensure efficient network storage. Uninterrupted connectivity can lead to inefficient data transfer; so, make sure to avoid wireless internet and use a wired connection instead.
iCloud or Cloud Storage
Both are the same, and the only difference is that the cloud storage that you get from the house of Apple is known as iCloud. One significant feature of cloud storage, regardless of whether you use iCloud, Google Drive, Dropbox, or OneDrive, is that they offer free gigabytes of storage space.
iCloud allows you to store 5 GB of data at no additional cost on signup. Similarly, Google Drive gives you 15 GB of free storage, while Dropbox enables you to move 2 GB of data once you create a new account. Moreover, you can access your data right from anywhere and on any device by signing in to your account.