After several years with the 1:1 deployment of the Apple MacBook Air in our schools, many are suddenly finding themselves with no room on their hard drive. Opps! Although the MacBook Airs are portable, they don't have very large hard drives to accommodate all of the files that we tend to generate over the years.
Fortunately, there are a couple options if you are running out of space.
- If you use the Google Drive application on your computer, you can modify the settings in the application to only sync the folders that you need on your local drive. This is especially helpful if you are a Google Classroom user. You can find directions on how to do it here.
- Speaking of Google Drive, if you use your school (GAFE) Google login, you actually have unlimited storage space in your Google Drive in the cloud. So you can upload any old files you need to keep, but don't want on your hard drive, into your Google Drive and the delete them from your local drive. If you'd like assistance, feel free to make an appointment with me.
- As a "last resort", you just might want to invest in an expansion drive for your 13" MacBook Air. There are several on the market. Some plug in to your USB drive port and stick out slightly from your computer. I'm a big fan of ones that go into your SD card slot on the right hand side of your laptop. The Transcend JetDrive Lite is a great option to check out and is currently going for $36.99 for the 64GB card on Amazon. (If you have not used your $50 reimbursement from the district, this would qualify for that! All you'd need is the receipt.)
Those are some good tips to get you started in freeing up space. If you'd like some guidance in determining what is happening, feel free to make an appointment with me.