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This forum spotlight covers freeing up storage on your PC, SSD storage drive recommendations, and PC alternatives to the MacBook Pro.
How to Free Up Storage on Your PC
Running out of storage on your Windows 10 PC is something you can prevent with the right practices. Forum member @Drew1 asked about getting some space back from a 256GB solid-state drive (SSD) in a Dell XPS notebook. Our forum experts suggested the following:
- For SSDs, verify TRIM is working and scheduled to run on a regular basis. Right-click on your drive in Windows Explorer, go to Properties, Tools tab, and click Optimize.
- Pro tip: Never use the Defragment option on an SSD! It does nothing for performance and puts excess wear on the drive.
- Use the Windows Disk cleanup tool. Right-click the drive in Windows Explorer, go to Properties, and click Disk Cleanup. The screen that follows will show you how much space you can clean up.
- Also try the Clean up system files option on that screen.
- Disable Windows System Restore (if you’re comfortable doing so).
- Disable Hibernation. This can free up several gigabytes of space.
- Last and not least, review your own files to see if there’s anything you don’t need. You’re best off making a backup of your files before doing any permanent deletions, of course. (See this forum spotlight for backup hard drive recommendations!)
Read the thread for more details.
SSD Upgrade Recommendations
It’s possible to upgrade the storage drives in most notebooks, so which drive is best? In this case, a forum member asked for M.2-format SSD recommendations in a 500GB or 1TB (1,024GB) capacity. The following came recommended:
- A-DATA SX8200 Pro
- Samsung 970 Evo Plus and earlier variants, like the 960 Evo
- Intel 660p
- Sabrent 1TB Rocket
(The SSD in the photo is the A-DATA drive mentioned above.)
Undervolting AMD Ryzen Mobile CPUs
Undervolting is something that can be done to a computer processor to reduce its overall power consumption and heat generation. It’s a common practice among our forum members to undervolt Intel chips using tools like ThrottleStop. But don’t get too excited; it still doesn’t appear that AMD Ryzen mobile processors allow undervolting.
There are tools available that allow you to adjust a Ryzen processor’s thermal design power (TDP), and thus cap its power consumption, but that doesn’t change the processor’s core voltage.
Finding a Lighter MacBook Pro Alternative
Forum member @Onikage asked about replacing their circa-2016 Apple MacBook 13-inch with something smaller and lighter. Several replies by our forum experts converged on the LG Gram 13, which comes in at just 2.07 pounds. That’s even lighter than the latest MacBook Air.
(The LG will also be lighter on your wallet, too.)
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