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One day, I was pulling an all-nighter because I had three papers due the next morning. I was finished with my second paper, and starting the third one when I pressed “Save As,” on Word, and I got a horrible popup that said that I was out of hard drive space to save the document. For the past month, I had been getting notifications from my laptop, telling me to empty some space on it, but I didn’t feel the necessity to listen to them. So of course, at the very worst moment, my laptop decided to rebel.

So what did I do, you ask? Wanting to work quickly on clearing my hard drive so that I could go back to work (sometimes known as looking through Facebook) I had to delete a movie off of my computer.

This is because media: music, pictures, and movies, take up the most space on your computer, and very often, you need that precious space to store something that you actually have to utilize daily. Also, certain applications and programs, such as Office and Adobe, can take up a chunk of space. The alternative to that is using cloud programs like Google Apps. So, when cleaning out your hard drive, you should always ask yourself if something actually needs to stay on your actual computer. If not, you should either delete it or push it to an external hard drive.

Drive space is at an all-time low. You can buy a large external hard drive for your media files for under $100, or you can upgrade to a larger internal hard drive. You can also use cloud storage services such as iCloud, Google Drive, or Dropbox, although copying large files to and from these services is a lot slower than using a disk.

You always want to keep at least 15 percent of your hard drive free to keep your computer running smoothly. (Seehttp://tinyurl.com/c4nmrvg for more information.) It runs faster and better with more space.

Alexander Braun and Jon Setiawan study in Gleeson Library

Alexander Braun and Jon Setiawan study in Gleeson Library

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