How Much Mac Storage Do I Need?

David Hardy

Mac storage is a part of our business that we get asked a lot about. It is a topic that is very individual. Therefore, your approach to answer this question needs to follow this thought. Some ask whether it is possible to upgrade the storage capacity on your existing device. The answer is that this process is complicated and complex to complete on most Macs.

Storage capacity of newer Apple Macs tend to come configured with storage ranging from 128GB up to 8TB. This is a huge variation. When people are considering how much storage they need, they are looking for an option where they will not run out of storage. However, they are also looking for an option that has too high of a specification. Why? Because this will inevitably cost more.

Calculating Mac Storage Space

It is really important to make sure that you select an option where you will not run out of space in the future. Consider whether you are transferring your existing data. If this is the case, then you will need to calculate your existing data and allow for future room to grow. Generally, you should be able to calculate how long you have used the Mac for how much storage you have used. You should also consider whether you anticipate your usage to be similar.

To check your storage on your existing Mac you can go to the Apple menu in the corner of your screen. Select ‘About This Mac’ and click on ‘Storage.’ This image will offer an insight into how much storage you have used so far.

Top Tips

Keep in mind that this may seem like the logical thing to do. However, it may not be the smartest thing to do. You may not need all of your old files, programmes and folders. Take it as an opportunity to run through everything you have stored on your Mac. Clean things out prior to transferring information, if this is a process you need to do. 

Another tip is to take advantage of external storage or cloud storage alternatives. You may have thoughts on which is better suited to your needs. However, either or both can be used to keep your storage limits down. Furthermore, this keeps your Mac working faster and less likely to become affected by the issues created with having a Mac that is almost full.

A Quick Key

If you are a relatively lighter user, it is likely that 128GB-256GB will be adequate. Stepping up to 512GB-1TB may be needed if you use professional apps such as Adobe Photoshop or other CAD programmes. Generally, this storage would be more than adequate. However, there is a 1TB+ alternative, if additional storage is needed.

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Apple Keyboard Shortcuts

David Hardy

This list of Apple keyboard shortcuts has been created to save time. It is incredible how many people use their iMac and MacBooks and do not know these simple shortcuts. We are all constantly reminded that time is money. We all lead busy lives. And we could all do with a quick-reference list of helpful shortcuts that could save us a little time.

What are your Favourite Apple Keyboard Shortcuts?

There are always ones that people use more regularly than others. However, if you regularly use your Mac, then it is really important that you are familiar with the range of shortcuts that are available.

One of our clients commented:

“Found the online chat very helpful, honest and informative which made me decide to go within this company. Glad I did, it arrived very quickly and so far has been excellent. Would recommend them to anyone looking for a Mac for music.”

This review shows our efforts to be helpful and approachable to anyone looking for advice. We have many ways in which you can get in touch with us. Whether you are looking to buy a refurbished Mac, or you are looking for help with servicing or repairs, we are here to help.


Refurbished Apple Macs
Apple Mac Servicing is an incredible process. It is a provision that allows our clients to get the most from their Apple Mac. As with so many other electrical devices, regular care is always good advice. As time goes on you can often feel as though your Mac is losing performance. This is a clear indication that it is in need of a service.


Both our products and services are competitively priced. We will always go the extra mile to help and support our clients through a range of ways that they can get in touch. You can choose to chat online, give us a call or enquire via our website. Don’t delay – get in touch.

Another client commented:

“So far, so good! :) I messaged on both the FB chat and the online chat with some questions about their products and both times they were really helpful. My Mac came really fast and in secure packaging, had to sign for it on arrival. Happy with the Mac, set up easy and all good! Both me and my sister have purchased from Cheshire Macs and really happy! Thank you :)”

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