Whatever the cause behind the affliction, I have utilities that I’m certain to use, but don’t, and some I’ve used but once or twice, or seldom. DaisyDisk is one of those utilities. It does something useful, yet, but it’s not an app you’ll use everyday (and if you do, then you need an additional kind of help).
Delete The Useless
DaisyDisk is one of those unique Mac apps that gets a large number of five star reviews, does a handful of things that every Mac user needs, but isn’t the type of app you’d use every day. Here’s what that means. Way back in the day disk drives were small so Mac users needed to be careful about which files we saved, and which we archived on an external disk. Then along came massive and inexpensive disk drives and we could save everything.
Then along came speedy SSDs (in most Macs) which have less storage and cost more, and we’re back to conserving disk space again. DaisyDisk checks your Mac, lists files by size, which makes it easier to find and delete files you don’t need, which gives you back some storage.
See? That’s not something you’ll need to do every day.
DaisyDisk is graphic and displays a file size wheel so you can drill down and view those files which take up the most disk space; which often are files you don’t need. Each connected device is scanned by DaisyDisk which checks the size of each file. Just click.
That brings up the graphic wheel which is my only complaint about DaisyDisk. The colorful wheel segments the files on your Mac so you can see where they are and how big they are but not really. At least, not in the wheel format. Clicking drills down so you get a list of larger files, but the wheel can be disconcerting to new Mac users.
Move your Mac’s screen pointer (I hesitate to use the term ‘mouse pointer’ because most Macs don’t come with a mouse anymore; it’s a trackpad world out there) over a sector in the graphic diagram to view the files locations, then drill down as need to find the larger files; tap Space to preview the file.
There’s much to like about DaisyDisk, other than the colored graphic wheel, and it’s far less expensive to use it than to buy a new backup storage disk or new disk drive for a Mac that’s short on space.