What’s your best option — without buying a new computer?

Our devices are shrinking in size — and that’s fine. But as portability and convenience improve, the shift toward online services has led to a decline in local space — what you can store on your device.

iMacs are now offered with 1 TB (terabyte), but sadly space complaints are among the majority of complaints by owners of a MacBook Air. We wish they came with a warning to evaluate one’s current storage needs and alert the customer they're going “lite.”

The 128 GB (gigabyte) storage option in MacBooks and MacBook Airs is a mere 1/8 of the standard capacity of an iMac. If you have one, you have workarounds to resolve this glaring limitation.

There used to be little alternative than to major surgery for your computer — or purchasing an unwieldy, fragile physical hard drive to bridge the gap and hold all your stuff in two different places. Now there are an enticing array of cost-effective alternatives to add space.

You CAN stay mobile. Laptop owners can upgrade storage capacity at a fraction of the cost of a new system. For pro users, if performance is paramount, schedule a house call to upgrade your Mac’s internal hard drive to a solid state drive (SSD) and enjoy the speed and flexibility that owners of brand new machines have.