Manage Your Data

At one point, having all your data on one internal disk was sufficient, but smaller-capacity SSDs and other factors have made storage more complicated. In this chapter, I recommend strategies for choosing which data belongs where—internal storage, external storage, or in the cloud—and how to free up disk space. The goal, as much as possible, is to make sure your stuff is easily accessible and to avoid any surprises.

Choose Your Own Storage Adventure

It’s tempting to start shoving data onto other disks when your primary storage fills up, like cramming stuff into a closet when you need to clean a room quickly. That gets the data out of sight, but also out of mind, making it harder to find later. Plus, some types of information ...

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