Wednesday, September 17, 2014

500 gigs is plenty. Yeah right.

In September of 2013, after much research including changing my mind and returning a PC with 750 GB, I ultimately purchased a MacBook Air with 500 GB. My third computer and first Apple computer. My previous
computer, an HP with Windows 7, contained 581 GB (I just checked to see how much I had in there). In other words, the amount of space was not very different. I wasn’t even pushing the limits. It’s been about a year since I got my MacBook Air, but I was using perhaps 200 to 250 GB of data.

In October 2013, I purchased a video camera. Videos do take up a lot of space, but I had plenty on my computer. I was especially excited because I could use iMovie, which is MUCH better than Windows Movie Maker. As time progressed, I took more photos and videos, downloaded more music and videos, and ended up with some rather large files. That 500 GB was filling up rather quickly.

A couple of months ago, I had a storage crisis, in that I was coming close to filling up the entire 500 GB. In order to save space, I moved my videos to my 2 TB back-up external hard drive and purchased another 2 TB external hard drive to back up my MacBook Air. This opened up about 50 GB of storage, which was great until my most recent upload of voice recordings from my iPhone to my MacBook Air brought me to another storage crisis.
When I learned about the iPhone 6, while I was excited about the iPhone 6 Plus’ 5.5 inch screen, it was the option of a 128 GB iPhone that brought me more excitement. The 32 GB of data on my iPhone 5 is not enough. I keep filling up that space, then I transfer the data to my MacBook Air, which then pushes the limits to my 500 GB.

Now, I have to figure out which large files I can delete or move to my external hard drive. I have less than 400 MB of space on my MacBook Air, and I still have 17 GB of data to move from my iPhone to my MacBook Air.

I should have purchased a larger amount of storage for my MacBook Air. It has been said that bigger isn’t necessarily better. However, in the case of data storage, bigger certainly is better.

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