Managing your device’s storage space can be more important than you realize for many reasons. Whether you find yourself constantly running out of space on your machine or running into performance issues, you might find that improving your storage management can help to give your machine a new lease on life.
Fortunately for you, this article aims to highlight a handful of useful tips that can help you to streamline your device storage for exactly this reason.
1. Utilize Cloud Storage
One of the first (and easiest) steps that you should consider taking to free up some storage space on your machine is to invest in cloud storage solutions. These can help to free up some of the load on your machine by shifting the storage of documents, pictures, and more to a digital service.
Of course, most services like this also have a limit to storage, so you should always keep an eye on the storage capacity of your cloud storage service. You might also need to clear up some space in your cloud storage. In this case, you might want to look for resources to help outline how to free up iCloud storage space.
2. Regularly Sort Through
In many ways, storage management on a device is no different from managing the storage of items within your home. So if you want to make the most of your storage on your device, you might want to engage with practices such as decluttering for your device.
You can do this by setting aside some time to go through all of your device’s storage and remove anything you don’t need anymore. After all, the longer you use your device, the more you are going to accumulate small pieces of useless junk, things that you can get rid of easily but simply don’t think about most of the time.
It might also be useful to engage with some of the mindset changes that come along with decluttering, such as minimalism. If you haven’t used something for a year, is it worth keeping it on your hard drive? Things like that.
Another incredibly important thing to remember is that you should consistently back up the data you have on your device. This practice will likely not help you much when it comes to your day-to-day use of your machine. However, you will be very glad you engaged with the practice if something cataclysmic prevents you from accessing your machine and the things you have stored there.
After all, it is important to remember that no device is fully safe, no safety measure is foolproof, and the best way to protect yourself from losing something important is to ensure that you don’t have all of your eggs in one basket.
There are plenty of ways to back up your data, and you should engage with at least two of them to ensure that your data is safe from catastrophe. Whether you invest in a data-backup service or simply buy external hard drives and download your documents onto them, there is no shortage of ways to protect your information from sudden loss.
4. Create a Data Management Machine
Finally, if you’re a technologically inclined individual and looking for a fun project, then you might enjoy the idea of creating a little machine that helps to manage your data and allows you to store your data more effectively. This idea is built largely around the idea of utilizing data compression.
Basically, compression is the process of taking large files and making them smaller by substituting large pieces of information for smaller ones using a key. The process is conceptually simple complicated to explain, and unimportant for the explanation of this device, but if you want to learn more about compression, there is plenty of information about it online.
So to build your own data management device, you’ll want to build a small machine that can take data from your PC and compress it for you before sending it back to your machine. Then when you want to open the files that have been compressed, you need the device to decompress that data for you as well. In short, you want to build a small computer that you can attach to your computer like those tiny fish that clean shark teeth.
Fortunately, if you know how to code and use a Raspberry Pi, then it’s pretty simple for you to build a little machine like this and use its amazing storage management potential. Plus, even if you don’t know how to code now, this could be a fun project to start learning and applying coding principles while making a machine that would be genuinely useful to you. Just remember to test it thoroughly on data you don’t mind losing before using it for more important documents.