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8th February 2013, 08:54 AM
I did a quick search and could only find really old threads - WTF does this mean?

I have a fairly limited knowledge of computers, and to me im guessing the hard drive may be near full maybe? But i have not that much stuff on there, no videos, just pictures etc.

Ive deleted most my apps that i dont use, emptied the trash - only thing i can think that may take up considerable space is the microsoft stuff (word, excel etc).

Any suggestions?

8th February 2013, 09:04 AM
You don't say which model MacBook Air you have. Standard model MacBook Airs range from 64GB through to 256GB of drive space.

While applications can take up some space, it's more common that a drive fills up with data. That might be photos, videos, documents and the like. But if you keep a lot of email then this can also start to add up, especially if you've got one of the models that's got 64GB of drive space.

Depending on the camera, and it's settings, you could be using up many megabytes of space for each photo. This can add up surprisingly quickly.

This Lifehacker article (http://lifehacker.com/5915508/the-best-disk-space-analyzer-for-os-x) has some pointers to disk usage visualisation tools that might be useful in helping you work out where your drive space is being used.

The Best Disk Space Analyzer for OS X (http://lifehacker.com/5915508/the-best-disk-space-analyzer-for-os-x)


8th February 2013, 10:48 AM
If you run TimeMachine it can chew up local disk space for backups when you are away from your TimeCapsule, something you can turn off if you are happy with the trade off in functionality (I did).

I've had Daisy Disk (http://www.daisydiskapp.com/) which I bought a while back for seeing what is taking up space, although Dave's has a better price point :P Well worth doing that sort of check as it can quickly highlight exactly what is chewing up your storage.