The year is 2016, and storing media isn’t what it used to be in the past. There was a time when we would dream about filling up space on a 4GB memory stick, and now, we are stuck with having to manage even 64GB of internal storage space. The way media is being processed and rendered means that we would have to sacrifice a lot of space if we are to ever get the best of quality. That leaves us with one of the most mind-boggling questions of 2016 – how can I free up space on my piece of equipment? Not everyone is in luck today, but if you happen to own a MacBook that has 64GB of internal storage space, for example, the chances are that you are bound to run out of storage soon, and we are here to help maximize what you have on that silver board. In what would not take more than 30 minutes of your precious time, we are here to show you how you can clean up and free space on your Mac OS unit.
REMOVING DUPLICATE FILES
One of the craziest things that take up all that space on your operating system is duplicate files. Even when you delete the original files from the folder where you have them, the duplicate files would still be alive and forever haunt your hard drive. They take up space in hidden locations and most of the time, what you do on your laptop doesn’t even take you there. To get all of these off your system, you could commit to doing it manually, but that would surely steal a lot of your time so it’s better just to get an application that would handle that for you. Head over to the app store and you would get apps like Gemini 2 which would give you an awesome treat. You could also get it straight from their website because they have the option of a free trial there.
TAKE OUT THE TRASH
You know that when you start getting your trash cans and bins all filled up without the trash cart coming to empty them, it just takes up space that you would have used for something else instead? Well, the same applies to your laptop unit and the trash files also takes up some of your space. This is because even though you deleted them, the system is giving you a kind of insurance in the case that this was a mistake. It is then left to you to tell it that you meant it when you deleted such files the first time. The difference between the trash bins on Macs and Windows is that while the latter operates one Recycle Bin system, Macs have a lot of Trash cans to pick from and you could have to empty several if you are to get rid of the files taking up your space there. Apps like iPhoto, iMovie, and Mail have their dedicated trash cans, so don’t forget to empty that when you are done with the main one.
UNINSTALL! UNINSTALL!! UNINSTALL!!!
Especially if you have been using your Mac for a while, you would be amazed at the number of applications that you have on it which are not needed or even used anymore. If you have some analytics running on your laptop, you could want to take a peek to see the day when you last used some applications that you have involved. These apps are there and taking needed space that would have been used to do other things. This is the time to drop any loyalty or sentiments that you have for such apps and uninstall them. Don’t make the mistake of deleting from the desktop. You would have only succeeded in deleting the shortcut, not uninstall the application itself.
REMOVE THE TEMPORARY FILES
Your hard drive would have, over time, stored up some temporary files that you would end up not needing. These files would just sit there and take up your space. They are doing absolutely nothing good to your system but just like the feel of being welcome in there – isn’t that just cute from them? Well, it’s time to cut their crap and clean through these. The Mac OS X is already equipped with functions to spot and clean out these files, but it would be nice and better if you had a dedicated application to handle this business for you. The CCleaner comes free for Mac devices and with it at the helm of your affairs, you would be waving bye to those temporary files. Who needs their cuteness anyways?
DEEP DRIVE ANALYSIS
One of the best ways to go about cleaning out your disk space is running an analysis to know for sure what it is using up your space. Good disk analyzers would give you the estimate of what each folder in your directories are taking up as regards space and from there, you would be able to make a decision on how best to go about your clean-up service. With all the things and data in your laptop laid bare before your very eyes, it is then left to you to decide what has to go and which files you want to stay.
While this list is not exhaustive in any way, we are sure that it would surely get you wherever you want to be on the matter of disk storage space. This way, you get even better value for your space.