That came as a surprise, since I usually prune files and keep them well organized. So, I fired up my favorite Mac file finder utility to find those pesky files I probably didn’t need, and did a sweep for duplicates. Surprise! Duplicates were everywhere.
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It didn’t take long to find the offending files; those taking up the most disk space, and then a few clicks later I had a long list of all the duplicate files I didn’t really need to keep.
How? I have two Mac utilities which just don’t get used often but I keep them around for this express purpose. A little digital housecleaning.
First on the list is OmniDiskSweeper, a freeware utility which scans all the files on your Mac and lists them in order (similar to the Finder, but showing hidden files, too) of file size.
OmniDiskSweeper doesn’t require much from you. Just open it up, select which Mac storage device to scan, then click the Sweep Selected Drive button.
That’s it. A few minutes later you’ll have another window full of all the files on your Mac, organized by folder and size.
It’s a quick and dirty way to see where the large files are hiding.
It’s a quick way to find files that take up a lot of space, to see how much free space is on your Mac, and delete files you may not need.
Wait? Delete files? Just to make sure I’m not deleting valuable files, I also run the free dupeGuru utility to check for duplicate files, so you can delete a copy you may not want or need.
dupeGuru isn’t exactly a pretty app, but it’s functional. It, too, displays a list of files, but only those it deems duplicates or near dupes.
Select the volume or folder of files you want to scan, and dupeGuru does the dirty deed, lists the files, and gives you options to view the files, or more the file elsewhere, or delete the file.
It comes with a built-in reference directory so you don’t accidentally delete Mac OS X system files that you really, truly, deeply need, and there are filters to find only specific types of duplicate files.
You’re not likely to need either OmniDiskSweeper or dupeGuru often, but having them around keeps your Mac’s disk drive or storage devices pruned and healthy, and with that sweet scent of summer.