Remember when disk drives were so small we Mac users were forced to compress files with Stuffit? Over the years disk drives became much bigger and cost much less. During that Golden Age I kept everything; threw away nothing. Alas, those days are gone.
Put The Squeeze On SSDs
Apple has quietly moved Mac users to the world of solid state drives– SSDs. Instead of spinning platters and moving parts, SSDs are quiet, ultra fast, and durable.
Here’s the problem. SSDs cost much more than traditional disk drives so we cannot store as much on newer Macs with SSDs as we could in the past.
Are we back to compressing files with Stuffit? I hope not, but the storage problem isn’t easily solved unless you’re ready to cough up a lot of money for a larger SSD. Or, you get down and dirty and shrink OS X.
Shrink OS X? Is that possible?
Not only is it possible to put the squeeze on OS X, it’s actually easy and free. Here’s the deal. Macs ship with OS X ready to run any one of dozens of languages. Those language files take up lots of disk storage.
Get it back by deleting languages you don’t use with the free app Monolingual.
Install Monolingual on your Mac. Double-click to open. You’re presented with a list of the installed languages on your Mac. Select the languages you don’t want, won’t use, and can’t read.
Click the Remove button.
Voila! Instant storage space increase. It’s that easy.
If your Mac has a huge disk drive and still has plenty of space, you won’t need Monolingual. But it works great on recent Macs with smaller SSDs where space is a premium.