The school where I work as a troubleshooter and fixer for all things Mac, Windows, Chromebook, and iPad, has plenty of older Macs which we keep running despite the inherent problem with old age. Theirs, not mine.
One issue that crops up often enough is the dreaded Disk Full problem. Many of our older Mac and Windows notebooks just don’t have enough storage. Sometimes that situation is because macOS takes up more space than ever, but also because older Macs tend to clog up with unneeded files. Here’s an easy and free way to fix that.
The application I’m trying now is appropriately named Startup Disk Full Fixer. That is about as description as an application name can be. All it does is what many other utilities do but for a price. Startup Disk Full Fixer, hereinafter named SDFF, or maybe just Fixer, cleans a Mac of files that can build up and trigger the dreaded Startup Disk almost full warning.
The first thing Fixer does is check out what’s on your Mac, and then give you options for what to clean (another word for delete). This is where marketing-speak takes a few liberties with language.
- Analyze your Disk Space usage
- Find out what is taking up your disk space
- Detect unneeded junk files
- Clear caches, logs, apps leftovers and other unnecessary files
- Free up Mac Startup Disk
- Optimize your Mac’s performance
Allow me to explain. Your Mac saves many kinds of files– from log files to browser history, to various and sundry app cache files, macOS cache files, and, well, files you don’t really need to store, and won’t really miss once they’re gone.
Fixer, well, kinda sorta mostly fixes that problem, first by scanning your Mac, then analyzing the aforementioned files, detected among them which can be discarded, and then, with your permission, does the deed and discards the dirty files.
The Mac App Store has a few such disk cleaners. Most don’t cost much and a few are free, but if your Mac’s disk drive runs into almost full territory too often, then a free utility that adds just enough extra disk storage space to keep things running is a worthy option.