Just a few years ago hard disk drives topped one terabyte in size, which gave most Mac users all the storage they could want. Then along came solid state drives (SSD’s, like those in the MacBook Air, iPhone, and iPad), and file storage went backwards– smaller storage, more expensive. Here’s a way to get some of the space back.
Detect Duplicates Diligently
Just when I was comfortable storing anything and absolutely everything on my Mac, thanks to super huge disk drives, the world changed and decided to charge me more money for smaller storage on SSDs.
That means my Mac files up with files faster than ever, and I’m forced from time to time to prune file files, remove duplicate files, and basically maintain file management.
I preferred the old method of keeping every file on my Mac, but apps like Duplicate Detective can help rid your Mac of unwanted and unnecessary files.
The way it works is simple. Duplicate Detective scans folders of files on your Mac, then compares duplicates, then lists the dupes so you can choose which to keep and which to ditch.
Use drag and drop to grab and scan a bunch of folders at one time. Duplicate Detective uses a special algorithm to check files to ensure they’re actually duplicates.
It’s a fast and easy way to find duplicate documents, movie clips, and photos in iPhoto (most of us have plenty of duplicates in iPhoto).
As Duplicate Detective displays what it considers to be dupes you can check each file just to be sure.
Until SSD storage becomes as plentiful as hard disk drives we’re back to the age of having to prune our garden of files to save space. Duplicate Detective helps in the pruning process. It’s highly recommended and gets plenty of four and five star ratings.