Some of the best space management tips and optimization tricks relate to SSD's. Because most you are by definition power users, many of you have Windows installed on a relatively small SSD while data and most program files are on a larger, much cheaper, hard drive. But as I have seen in my own repeat visits to my SSD installation, no matter how hard you try, files continue to accrue on that root SSD. Here are two simple yet very beneficial tips for optimal NAND housekeeping.
Tip #1 Move Your Dropbox
The cloud-based file sharing tool Dropbox has become increasingly popular among power users, allowing us to access key files from any web browser and conveniently share large files. When you install Dropbox locally to your PC, you may follow the usual SSD owner’s reflex to place the program off of the SSD itself. This has become second nature to many of us by now. But you may be surprised to find that regardless the location of the install, Dropbox may well be using your root drive for keeping local copies of all the things you are moving to the cloud.
To see how it may be eating up space, go to the Users/your username/Dropbox folder on your PC to find all of the files you have been plopping into the local Dropbox folder for sharing with the cloud. Remember, this folder is synced with your online account, so any files you delete here will also be eliminated from the cloud. This may be a good time to clean out the share folder. But to prevent this kind of buildup from happening again, the Dropbox client lets you move the folder location.
1. Right-click the Dropbox icon in your System Tray and open Preferences.
2. Go to Advanced to find your Dropbox Location.
3. Use the Move button and then navigate to the folder of your liking on the hard drive you are using for storage.
The beauty of this little trick is that Dropbox does the work for you in moving all the files off of your SSD and onto the hard drive.