Who’s to blame? Apple, of course. The company continues to build new products which require ever more storage space, which gets used up faster than the great masses of Mac and PC users can migrate to the cloud.
Here’s what happened. During a backup of my iPhone, the MacBook Pro (MBP) ran out of space. It’s 256GB of SSD storage. How could that happen? I wasn’t paying attention to my FreeSpace utility (which sits in the Menubar and displays storage for each connected storage device) and didn’t notice that space was, well, gone.
Yes, we have 40,000 photos, many thousands of video clips, tens of thousands of songs, but the big culprits were not the standard suspects. Adding Disk Map to the Mac we could see the problem. Two words: iPhone and iPad.
We’re the dutiful Apple family so we’ve been backing up iPhones and iPads to iTunes; you know, just in case. Well, in this case, the ‘just in case’ was the Mac’s storage capacity itself, as revealed by Disk Map’s visual display of where all the space went.
I like to think of our household as common, at least as far as owning and using Apple products goes. So, iPhone and iPad for hubby. iPhone and iPad for me. Old iPad still around. Old iPhone still around. All backed up to the trusty and not-so-dusty MBP. Each device was filled, on average, with about 15GB of files; movies, photos, music, apps, et al. Add it up and multiply by two to four backups each, and it’s no wonder that a 256GB SSD on the MBP went ASAP PDQ, no?
Disk Map was a good way to tell us where the storage went. FreeSpace, if one cares to look at the numbers, tells how much storage is left, but what was needed was an alert or alarm to tell us ahead of time. After the fact, of course, we found Disk Alarm, a way to notify us when disk space reaches a critical amount. Apple can be forgiven for creating products that take up lots of storage space, but not matter how you look at it, the company encourages users to use space on products, so why is it selling a 16GB iPhone 6 model?