How to clear the Other Storage on your MacBook Pro

I have a late 2015 MacBook Pro laptop, and for last few months, I’ve encountered Memory storage problems that prohibited me from using my MacBook Pro efficiently – it said I had 2 Gigs of memory left. After looking at the Storage Memory allocation, I saw that the Other Storage taking up more than 400 Gig of storage on my MacBook Pro. Yikes!

After searching for an answer, Googling “How to clear the Other Storage on Apple Products” and even watching countless YouTube videos that really don’t offer a definite solution, I finally decided to take a drastic approach to fix the Other Storage memory problem on my MacBook Pro.

Read below.

Before I start, I tried this method on my iPhone7 50 Gig phone, and it worked! I’ve tried to delete apps on my iPhone, put everything on my iCloud Drive, but still the Other Memory’s size wasn’t shrinking. So, I just decided to erase it to factory settings and it saved my phone.

I’ve tried a few suggestion such as deleting old files that I don’t use. Deleting cached files in my Library, but none of them worked.

So to give you the answer: The way I deleted my Other Memory Storage problem for my MacBook Pro and iPhone 7 was to wipe out and reinstall everything. Yes! I know. It sounds intimidating, especially if you haven’t done something like this, and you’ve had your Mac and for many years. For me, it solved my problem and it only took only hours in a day to do it!

Before you wipe your MacBook Pro, Make sure to save everything that you have on your system in your iCloud Storage or a USB Memory Bank.

WHAT YOU’LL NEED

  1. A day or two when you don’t need to use your MacBook Pro
  2. A fast reliable Internet – this can either make this process painfully slow or fast.
  3. External hard drive(s).
  4. iCloud Storage, or any cloud storage

STEPS THAT I TOOK

  1. Delete unnecessary files that you don’t need in your MacBook Pro
  2. Save everything on a) an external hard drive and ALSO save it on b) a Cloud Storage such an iCloud Storage. When using an external hard drive, always make sure you have a backup from another storage drive(preferably a cloud storage). **In the past, I’ve only relied on external hard drives to save my files that had cost me a lot of regrets. How? Well, hard drives are prone to hardware problems. The last thing that you want is to find out that your external drive is having a hardware or even software malfunction that prohibits you from accessing all your files.
  3. Audit all the Apps that you use on a daily basis. Such as Microsoft Office, any Adobe software products, etc. Make a list so you know what to download and install.

Review everything to make sure that all the files that you needed are stored in at least two places – External drive and cloud. Documents, photos, videos, important Emails that may be stored in your Mac, text messages, music, etc. It’s easy to forget and miss any one of these, so audit your programs and files. One you delete the disk on your MacBook Pro, it’s gone for good.

Once you’ve double checked everything and they are saved, the scary part is the actual deletion of your MacBook’s Hard Disk… and this requires a lot of balls. Lucky for you, is that I’ve tried and it worked for me. So let’s do it!

DELETE HARD DISK

  1. Restart your MacBook Pro while holding on Command+R to access the MacOS Utilities.

2. Select DISK UTILITY
3. Select ERASE

4. Then Reinstall the MacOS. Pretty straight forward. Just follow the path AND reinstall everything.

***DIFFERENT ROUTE BELOW***

*If you selected ERASE VOLUME GROUP, which I did, because my MacOS that is installed on my MacBook Pro isn’t working, follow below.

*ERASE VOLUME GROUP will erase all the volume group altogether – deleting any files. This is what I did. After I ERASED VOLUME GROUP, I rebooted my MacBook Pro, I saw a graphic of an EMPTY FOLDER. Don’t Panic! It’s the recovery mode.

RESTART, RECOVERY MODE

  1. Restart your MacBook Pro by holding COMMAND+R, to start the RECOVERY MODE – You’ll see a spinning Globe.
MacBook Pro Recovery Mode

2) Select your Wi-Fi connection to enable the system to download a copy of a MacOS. *The download will depend on how fast your Internet service.

Once it’s done, you’ll see the MacOS Utilities.

CREATE A PARTITION

Select DISK UTILITY from the options to CREATE A PARTITION, to save the newly Downloaded MacOS El Capitan(This is what I got). If you didn’t select the DISK UTILITY but selected REINSTALL MacOS, you’ll have no option to save the OS in the MacBook Pro – There won’t be a Hard Drive Selected. So you’ll need to create a partition first in the DISK UTILITY.

**CAUTION, IF you selected Reinstall MacOS before creating a partition, you’ll lose the MacOS Recovery and you’ll have to start again from the beginning of the Recovery phase(the spinning globe).

PARTITION: Name your partition, then make sure you select MAC OS Extended (Journaled). Allocate the amount of space you want for the partition. I allocated all of my memory into one partition. Once done, press APPLY.

REINSTALL MACOS

Now you can select GO BACK to MacOS Utility Options and NOW select MacOS REINSTALL. Follow the instructions and select the newly partition drive that you’d created.

From then on, just keep installing all the necessary programs that you’ll need, and download the latest Mac OS – Catalina, or Big Sur.

Download Catalina

APPLE DOWNLOADS

THAT’S IT! CONGRATS!

Check your ABOUT THIS MAC, and memory of your MacBook Pro should be 100% better than before. I went from having 2 Gigs of memory left to 485 Gigs of memory. A new lease to my old 2015 MacBook Pro.

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