While Chromebooks are generally cloud-driven machines, there is still a significant number disconnected bundled applications accessible. In some cases, when you have a considerable measure of those introduced close by media like music, video, and pictures, there’s very little room left. Include Google Drive matching up, and coming up short on space is a genuine plausibility — particularly on the 16GB stockpiling models.
There are a couple of things you can do to help in the event that you at any point hit the capacity divider. We should observe some of them!
Adding an SD card or USB thumb drive is an easy option
This one is straightforward. Your Chromebook likely has an SD card peruser as an afterthought, and in the event that you add a card to it, all the space on the card is accessible to the working framework for capacity. The same goes for a USB thumb drive.
There are several issues to know about here. The first is that you won’t need half of an SD card or a USB thumb drive hanging off the side of your Chromebook where it can get broken. There’s a simple arrangement — utilize half-tallness drives or cards. More current Chromebooks may just have USB-C ports, with no choice for an SD card or USB-A port without a connector. Monoprice makes a magnificent smaller scale SD connector that can interface with either USB-An or USB-C, so don’t hesitate to utilize those forward and backward with your different PCs.
Your Chromebook can read and keep in touch with SD cards or USB drives organized as FAT32, VFAT, and exFAT. Your Chromebook can design or reformat an SD card, however, it will just do it utilizing the FAT32 record framework. There is a 4GB document estimate and 8TB segment measure restrain utilizing FAT32, so in the event that you have to peruse and compose records (like films) greater than 4GB, it’s best to design the card on another machine. You can do that on a demo PC, best case scenario Buy on the off chance that you have to.
Ultimately, tinkerers should need to utilize an ext record framework on their versatile drives. Other than issues with record authorizations, you may keep running into, recollect that journalizing may make streak stockpiling wear out quick.
A less portable solution — A USB hard drive
Like convenient blaze stockpiling, your Chromebook can utilize a USB hard drive for significantly more stockpiling at the cost of versatility. Most any USB hard drive will work, so search for the quickest one (USB 3) you can bear, regardless of whether your Chromebook doesn’t have USB 3 ports — your next one will.
Your Chromebook can get records on a USB hard drive utilizing these document frameworks:
- FAT (FAT16, FAT32, exFAT)
- HFS+ (read-only on journaled HFS+)
- ISO9660 (read-only)
- UDF (read-only)
You’ll not have the capacity to effectively organize a USB drive in Chrome OS, so you’ll have to do that on another PC. Additionally, take note of that there is no defragmenter in Chrome OS, so if the drive gets “obstructed” up you’ll have to do that on another PC, as well.
Protip: Your Chromebook can also read files (like media in any of these formats: 3gp, .avi, .mov, .mp4, .m4v, .m4a, .mp3, .mkv, .ogv, .ogm, .ogg, .oga, .webm, .wav ) from a USB CD-ROM or DVD-ROM drive, so it might be worth burning your videos and music to a disc if you have room to tote a USB drive around.
Use a second Google Drive account
What’s more, don’t synchronize it disconnected with your Chromebook.
It’s anything but difficult to change clients to Chrome OS, and downloading a document to a removable drive through the record director implies it can be accessible to all clients. Each record gets 15GB of free Google Drive stockpiling, and it will appear in the document directory where you can without much of a stretch access any of it.
Obviously, you can likewise decide to not synchronize your Google Drive records disconnected to spare much more space from the Google Drive application settings.
You might be able to put a bigger drive in your Chromebook
This is somewhat more outrageous than any of alternate choices, and most Chromebooks don’t bolster it in light of the fact that the interior stockpiling is bound specifically to the board.
Some remarkable models that can be overhauled with a greater stockpiling drive incorporate the Acer C710, the Acer C720, the HP Chromebook 14, The Samsung Series 5 (and Series 5 550) and the Cr-48.
It’s anything but difficult to do on a few models like the Acers or the Samsungs, and extremely hard to do on the HP 14 — however it should be possible.
You likewise may require a particular drive like an M.2/NGFF SSD and it’s best to avoid drives greater than 128GB. We swapped out the SSD on a trusty C720 on the off chance that you need to perceive what you may be up against.
You don’t need every app in the Play Store
In the event that you have a Chromebook that can utilize the Google Play Store to run Android applications, it’s enticing to make a visit and go on a download binge. It’s not hard to top off all the capacity inside your Chromebook along these lines.
Take some time and complete a self-review here. What applications do you require, what applications do you truly need and what applications will you never utilize? Put forth these inquiries and uninstall everything else. Your hard drive will thank you and you’ll have space to attempt new unbelievably out.
Have reasonable expectations
When you purchase a $200 workstation that is worked to be lean and quick, you shouldn’t expect a 500GB turning plate drive in the engine. You wouldn’t be content with the execution regardless of whether you did. That is simply not how Chromebooks are composed, and even the most costly models just accompany a 64GB SSD introduced.
With tempered and well thoroughly considered desires and these few hints, you ought to have the capacity to deal with the greater part of your stockpiling needs.