Explaining Sierra’s “Optimized Storage”

TidBITS:

For those struggling to free up space, particularly on a notebook Mac with relatively little internal flash storage, Optimized Storage sounded great, at least if you don’t mind paying for online storage in iCloud Drive. And while it could be a great boon for such people, it turns out to be a somewhat confusing collection of seemingly unrelated features, burdened by one of the stranger interfaces that Apple has produced in recent years.

Plus, although we haven’t had time to test all the possibilities, I recommend care when it comes to Optimized Storage in general, and extreme caution with one of its settings. That isn’t to say you shouldn’t enable all its features, but that you should understand the possible implications before doing so.

“Optimized Storage” sounds like another one of those things that would be great – in theory. But, in practice, I’d be very careful about using it.



  • adrianoconnor

    Optimized Storage sounds like a terrible idea! I’m staying away from Sierra for a little while because ain’t nobody got time for that kind of nonsense.

    And maybe also partly because I just can’t be bothered to upgrade…

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  • As always, back up!

  • Tom_P

    This is the feature that makes me reluctant to update. Until Apple ups iCloud storage amount I’d turn this off and keep it off.