Okay, so while this is my first official tip for saving space on an SSD MacBook Air, my post about shutting off Safe Sleep will count as tip #1. Moving on…
I have years of data on my desktop – a couple of terabytes – but my laptop never stored that much in the way of long-term, space-hogging files. A portable, for me, is all about apps, tools and content creation rather than a file dump. That said, I still want to keep my MacBook Air’s 128GB SSD as freed-up as possible.
To that end, I’ve been looking for a way to keep the most storage-hungry mobile data, my iTunes Library, from eating up my SSD space. With music, videos, iOS apps and audiobooks, my iTunes library has grown to over 60GB; if I were to store that on the Air, it would leave me about 20GB of free space to work with, which is not acceptable.
There are really only three solutions I could use to offload my iTunes library from my SSD and still have access to it from my MacBook. 1) I could buy a 64GB SD card to store the data, but then the card would always be sticking out of the reader slot. 2) I could keep the library on a USB HDD or flash drive, but again – same problem, only moreso. Or 3) I can use a NAS, or Network Attached Storage, drive on my home network to store and access my iTunes library.
I suppose I could also delete audiobooks – the largest portion of my library – once the books were transferred to my iPhone or iPod, but that’s a lot of trouble and I’d rather have them at hand.
So, can you guess which solution I’ve settled on? Hint: It’s not 1 or 2.