Don't fear macOS updates: I updated my MacBook and I got 50GB extra free space

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I’m one of those people who is very dubious when it comes to updating my MacBook’s OS. I used Mojave (the 2018 release) for about three years before updating to the latest version which, at the time, was Monteray, and I instantly regretted it. My laptop seemed to run slower than ever, I had even less space on my hard drive, and I could no longer use some of the software I had installed.

One of the problems with updating your OS is that often the latest updates aren’t compatible with older versions of photo editing software or video editing software you might have, meaning you might have to update all of your software. I recently had it the other way around. I had to to update my OS so I could use the latest generative AI features in Photoshop and Lightroom, but I was dubious about doing it because last time it caused me nothing but hassle. My OS was also already taking up a staggering 101GB of storage on my 250GB hard drive and the last thing I needed was for more to disappear.

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Hannah Rooke
Staff Writer

Having studied Journalism and Public Relations at the University of the West of England Hannah developed a love for photography through a module on photojournalism. She specializes in Portrait, Fashion and lifestyle photography but has more recently branched out in the world of stylized product photography. For the last 3 years Hannah has worked at Wex Photo Video as a Senior Sales Assistant using her experience and knowledge of cameras to help people buy the equipment that is right for them. With 5 years experience working with studio lighting, Hannah has run many successful workshops teaching people how to use different lighting setups.