Even these days, MacBooks still have tiny hard drives that fill up quickly. Fortunately, there are some solutions to this problem. The information below will provide you with some ways to clean up your Mac and reclaim some drive space.
You can obviously free up disk space by simply doing a cursory find-and-delete for big files and other things that you’ve downloaded, but realistically that’s only going to get you so far. Most of the wasted space on your Mac is only going to be reclaimed if you look a lot deeper—cleaning out language files, removing duplicate files, deleting attachments, clearing temporary files, or emptying all of the Trash cans.
So, as you understand, you will see “Your disk is almost full” error until you will not keep your Mac’s hard drive clean, so you may as well start now and clear up some space. Below are some ways to clean the hard drive:
How to find and Remove Duplicate Files
One of the trickiest things that can take up lots of drive space is duplicate files littering up your computer—this is especially true if your computer has been used for a long period of time. Fortunately, there are a lot of apps such as Gemini 2 that can be used to find and remove duplicate files with a really slick and easy interface.
You can buy it on the App Store if you want — Apple had this one as their Editors’ Choice, but it’s better to have a trial period which is provided in the version that is displayed on their website.
How to empty your Trash Cans
The Trash on a Mac is the same thing as the Recycle Bin on Windows. Rather than permanently deleting files from within the Finder, they’re sent to your Trash so you can take them out later whenever you want if you change your mind. If you want to completely remove these files and free up the space that is required, you’ll have to empty your Trash. Actually, Macs have multiple trash cans, so you will need to empty several in order to have some more space.
To empty your user account’s main trash can, you should: Ctrl-click or right-click the Trash icon which you may find at the bottom-right corner of the dock, and click on Empty Trash. In this way all the files you sent to the trash from the Finder will be deleted.
iPhoto, iMovie, and Mail all have their own trash cans. If you’ve deleted media files from within these applications, you’ll need to empty their trash cans, too. For example, if you use iPhoto in order to manage your pictures and delete them in iPhoto, you’ll have to clear the iPhoto trash to remove them from your hard drive. You should: just Ctrl+click or right-click the Trash option in that specific application and select Empty Trash if you want to clear the can.
How to uninstall Apps you don’t use
The applications you have installed on your Mac are taking up space, of course. If they aren’t necessary anymore, you should uninstall them, to do that, you should: open a Finder window, select Applications in the sidebar, and drag-and-drop the application’s icon to the trash can on your dock. Some of these applications can be taking up a ton of space.
To find out which applications are using up the most space, open a Finder window and select Applications. Click the “Show items in a list” icon on the toolbar and then click the Size heading to sort your installed applications by size.
How to check your disk to see what is taking up space and find large files
If you want to effectively free up disk space, you should know exactly what is using disk space on your Mac. A hard disk analysis tool like Disk Inventory X will help you in this issue. It will scan your Mac’s hard disk and display which folders and files are using up the most space. You can then delete these space hogs to free up space.
Hope this article was helpful for you.