11/29/11
5:16 pm

Forum Question: Is My MacBook Hard Drive Too Full?

Gary, just curious, I have a 250GB hard drive running VMware and a fairly stripped down installment of XP. I have about 40GB of music and a hand full of pictures. I have 25GB left on my drive. I think it is time for a bigger one, but my question is if I will see any performance increase with it?
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Justin Ross

Comments: 6 Responses to “Is My MacBook Hard Drive Too Full?”

    11/29/11 @ 5:21 pm

    I think you are near the limit of where you get a performance hit. I usually try to keep at least 10% of my drive empty. So you are right there.
    I don’t think you’ll see much of a performance improvement right now by getting a larger drive, but you can certainly head off future problems if you act now.

    Mr Anthony Cotton
    11/30/11 @ 3:10 pm

    I have a Book also attached to my iMac, and i solved this by buying a WD My Passport 500 GB portable hard drive,and i just moved a lot of data from My Book to the potable hard drive,and now there is a lot of space on My Book. I can tell the difference straight away. It loads in much faster,and out. I think Gary mentioned this kind of topic,but i think it was for all the data that you collect over time in the Library and there was a lot of rubbish.

    ian c
    4/15/12 @ 10:59 am

    Hi, following this with interest. I’ve got a macbook air 13 with 120Gb drive – finder is indicating that the user directory has 103Gb being used but the directories underneath it add up to less than 8Gb ?? So don’t know what else to do to confirm what’s taking up all the space ? Can you help. Thxs

      4/15/12 @ 11:18 am

      I’d check your iTunes and iPhoto libraries — they are usually the largest. iMovie events too. It really depends on what you use.

    ian c
    4/15/12 @ 11:48 am

    I’ve removed all iTunes and iPhoto is only 7Gb. I’m thinking the disk had got itself corrupted somehow as what it thinks is there isn’t really hence 103Gb.

      4/15/12 @ 1:42 pm

      I doubt it. If you really want to know I would have an expert take a look — they can probably tell you in a minute with a first-hand look.

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