When it comes to your Mac’s storage devices– internal disk or solid state drive (SS), or any external device, disk utilities can help you manage the growing number of files (my Mac has about 1.5-million files). Here’s one that many Mac users love and I don’t understand why.
Where’s Those Big Files?
One of the Mac’s most popular disk management apps is called DaisyDisk. There’s something about DaisyDisk which has thrilled nearly 2,000 Mac users enough to give it four and five star reviews.
I’m not one of them. Maybe it’s because I prefer utility to eye candy, and DaisyDisk definitely is a visual bag of colorful digital candy.
Most of the time we need to know which files are cluttering up the Mac so we can reclaim some space. DaisyDisk does that in a uniquely visual way.
First, it scans your Mac’s storage, then displays all the files in what is called a sector diagram; a visual representation of where the files reside.
Second, to find a file or folder of files, simply click on one segment of the daisy-like graph. Move the Mac’s screen pointer over the diagram and you can see the name and path of each file. Press the Space Bar and get a Quick Look view of the file.
Here’s what DaisyDisk looks like.
While this sounds like a good way to view files and folders on your Mac, it’s mostly a manual labor effort. DaisyDisk makes it easy enough to drag and drop unnecessary files and folders into what is called a “collector”– a good spot to delete unneeded files.
DasiyDisk does the scanning very quickly and provides the eye candy view (the daisy in DaisyDisk) as well as a long list of the folders with the largest collection of files. And, if you’re like many Mac users and have multiple storage devices connected to your Mac, DaisyDisk can scan them all, and give you a visual report on each one.
The visual representation is nice, of course, but what I would like to see is a list of which files can be deleted vs. those which cannot. Among my collection of disk management apps is the venerable OmniDiskSweeper which does much the same way, but without the colorful layout– and it’s free.