I need to free some space on my Mac Mini

November 12, 2013 at 12:19:26
Specs: Macintosh OSX 10.5.8
I'm not so good with computers and technology for that matter and I need some free space on my mac mini. I have one from 2007 and it only has 1 GB of space and I barely have any left. When I throw things away in the trash and empty them it doesn't free up space or give me any more..why? How can Iget more space by deleting...how do you delete other than throwing in the trash. PLEASE HELP ME!!!

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November 12, 2013 at 12:50:45
You have to empty the trash. Otherwise the files are still stored on the disk. Right-click on the trash to display a menu that will let you empty it.

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November 12, 2013 at 12:54:16
I did empty the trash like that, but it still doesn't give me any extra space...thanks anyways.

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November 13, 2013 at 16:57:46
mmm.. if you have a local Apple outlet (an Apple run store - with all their toys etc and loads of techies around…) suggest you nip in there and ask them…

If the Mac mini you have has been in use since 2007 and never been re-installed… etc… possibly the drive is "a little fragmented". Even the Mac OS is said to fragment over time; but less so than Windows over shorter time periods…

Friends who have had earlier Macs than mine (I have Mac Mini from this Spring 2013 and MacbookPro from the Fall of 2010) have found that a rebuild as it were often produces noticeable improvements… But FIRST - ensure all your files, photos and other "stuff" is safely copied to external media (optical at least, and ideally another external hard-drive too); verify those copies are truly accessible via the Mac as is - and if possible another system too (and it doesn't have to be Mac for that check).

Then consider a reset/restore to delivery state…; usually sorts out a lot of issues and junk... But if you have installed assorted applications and utilities since you first bought the Mac… you will need those disks, or the software you download - and possibly the installation keys too (where applicable). In the case of downloaded software… copy it "all" to external media - before resetting the system to as delivered… That way you have it all to re-install later if you so wish…

And incidentally it may be that if you have downloaded lots of "stuff' - and that is what is taking up space that you could put to better use? So check what's in your download folder(s); and copy to external media anything you don't actually need in there now. If you need a previously downloaded item at any time later… simply access it from the external copy/media you have made?

Also consider an external USB hard-drive for additional storage. It doesn't have to be an Apple one either. Almost any external HD will do - as long as one takes a few things into consideration… So if you were consider the external HD (hard-drive) option then post back; and also have a chat with your local Apple store techies… But again… you do not have to buy an Apple HD - any make ail do...

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