One of the negatives of SSD equipped Macs these days is the smaller storage space. A 1-terabyte SSD is expensive. A 3-terabyte hard disk drive is cheap. Small is relative, of course. Apple’s new MacBook starts with 256-gigabytes of SSD (flash) storage which should be enough for most Mac users. Key word is should.
Most of my Mac notebooks, including the new MacBook I tote all over Atlanta while I work don’t have enough storage space, even at 500-gigabytes. Why? Because I have hundreds of apps, plus tens of thousands of photos, plus movies, plus music. Because even 500-gigabytes disappears quickly I resort to a methodology once popular back in the 1980s and mid-1990s. Prune files. To do that on my Mac I use a utility called DaisyDisk. It finds and deletes files I don’t need to carry around with me all the time.
Start DaisyDisk and it scans your Mac’s disk drive and gives you a colorful but somewhat confusing eye candy graphic so you can see where your Mac’s files are, and spot those offending big and useless files.
Doesn’t that look great?
Colorful, yes, but just a bit difficult to figure out what’s what. Click on a section of the visual map and see the details instantly. Quick Look is supported so you can even see the file. Delete is simply drag and drop.
DaisyDisk also lets you view every storage device connected to your Mac, from Time Capsule to flash thumb storage. One click will scan the contents of any storage device connected to your Mac, or the contents of any folder.
Searching for storage on your Mac went from frustrating to fun and back to frustrating again, thanks to the sector diagram which looks pretty, seems technical, but isn’t all that easy to understand.
However, content can be viewed by hitting the Space Bar so you get a better idea of the file’s value and you won’t be forced to open another Mac app just to see what it is you’re about to delete.
DaisyDisk has an interesting Collector function which lets you drag and drop all unnecessary files and folders so you can check the contents of files you suspect are not really needed at the moment. Unfortunately, DaisyDisk doesn’t tell you which files to delete to give you more storage space. You have to figure that out on your own.
I recommend DaisyDisk from the app developer’s website vs. the Mac App Store because the latter is sandboxed by Apple’s MAS restrictions and may not find all the offending files you want to delete.