My Mac has more than my fair share of geeky Mac tools, utilities, and apps the average Mac user would probably avoid. To be honest about it, many of those apps I use religiously but don’t always recommend.
Why? I run into the inevitable neighbor customer support issues with some recommendations. That being the case, I often recommend a more popular, easier on the eyes utility to perform some of those daily tasks every Mac user should do.
Enter Disk Diag, a not-quite-so-free Mac utility which finds and cleans up files you don’t need on your Mac. I say ‘not-quite-so-free’ app because today it’s free. It may not be free tomorrow.
Disk Diag comes with a number of basic modules and looks for files you don’t need in Downloads, Caches, Mail, Logs, Browser, and Trash. Oh, and it looks for larger files, too. It’s also pure eye candy and amazingly easy to use.
Run Disk Diag and then check the modules to see which files it recommends be deleted. Deleting is as easy as clicking the Delete Files button. This is about the fastest, easiest way to find some extra disk space without wandering through the Finder trying to find what doesn’t look like it’s needed.
It was just a few years ago that Mac disk drives became so large and had so much storage capacity that I would keep everything and not worry about freeing up space. Today’s Macs often come with SSDs– solid state drives– fast, yes, but also more expensive and have less space than inexpensive hard disk drives.
So, we’re back to finding ways to save space again. That’s what Disk Diag does.