Then along came massive disk drives at ever lower prices and we Mac users began to save every file, forgot how to prune, and seldom archive (other than to backup the Mac’s entire disk drive). Well, thanks to SSDs– solid state drives– the days of plenty are over and we have to pay attention to storage again. Here’s how.
Clean Up With Broom
Broom is one of those clever and inexpensive Mac utilities which just sits there in the background, checking the Mac’s storage, alerting you to how much space is remaining and which files are causing you storage problems.
There’s not much to Broom. It offers a one-click way to see the Mac’s storage status– how much storage remains. And it features a one-click way to sweep away files that could easily be removed without causing trouble.
When disk space runs low, Broom lets you know. Then it displays files that could be cleaned up and removed.
You’d be surprised at how quickly a Mac’s SSD can get stuffed with files you don’t need, and that’s Broom’s only weak spot; OS X contains many unneeded files (language files, for example) that could be identified and removed.
Click the Places setting to see where on your Mac you’ll find files that can be eliminated to free up additional space.
Broom has been around a few years and gets good reviews from Mac App Store buyers. The same Mac developer has other apps which help you to find duplicate files, clean caches, and delete browser files. One of my favorites is Disk Diag which isn’t as easy to use, but does more and costs less.