Disk space used to be a major problem on Macs and PCs. These days, not so much.
Except when you run out of disk space after collecting tens of thousands of photos, thousands of songs, a few hundred movies, and hundreds of movie clips. Then, that gargantuan hard disk drive may not seem so big. How can you squeeze a few more gigabytes out of your Mac’s hard disk drive?
The Pretty Way To Save Space
Monitoring the available space on your Mac’s disk drive should be a part of your normal Mac maintenance procedure. What? You don’t have a maintenance procedure?
It’s best to check your Mac’s disk space before it refuses to save new files.
An easy and pretty way to do that is with the utility DaisyDisk.
No matter how big your Mac’s disk drive is, it can get filled up. DaisyDisk monitors your available space and can delete unnecessary files with a click.
DaisyDisk scans your Mac and gives you a colorful and interactive map so you can easily find large files you may not need to keep.
You’ll get to see all the disks connected to your Mac—USB, FireWire, even network disks. From within DaisyDisk you can delete specific, unneeded files.
The Not As Pretty Ways To Save Space
The more feature laden CleanMyMac aims to do more for less. It’s a Mac utility that can delete unneeded Language files, Rotate your Mac’s logs, clean caches, uninstall apps and delete undeleted trash.
For even less money, there’s WhatSizeMac which scans your Mac’s disk drives, gives you a colorful visual graph of what’s where, and has a few cleaning tools to help you reclaim disk space.
If you have money to burn, but not enough for a larger hard disk drive, there’s TidyUp!, a slightly more expensive way to search for duplicate files and delete them while you watch. To be fair, TidyUp! does more than find and delete.
The Least Expensive Way To Save Space
For even less money (as in free) there’s OmniDiskSweeper, a Mac utility which finds and lets you delete files you don’t need.
In this case you get what you pay for. OmniDiskSweeper is mostly a one trick pony. It scans you disks and then lists all the files by size, and displays how much free space you have.
That’s about it. When it comes to deleting files you need to know what to keep and what not to keep.
This app won’t strip out language files, or clean caches, or rip out unnecessary code.
What it will do is give you a sense of empowerment because you’ll need to learn what to keep and what not to throw out. The hard way.
Still, for free, OmniDiskSweeper will find that lost 2 gigabyte video file, and that folder of 1,000 MP3 songs, and maybe all those photos from last year’s vacation to Mexico that you thought you’d deleted.