How to Free up Disk Space on Your Mac and Make It Faster
Have you come across the situation when your Mac started to get as slow as if you were working on a Macintosh from 1984? Yeah, that can seem too slow. Anyway, you shouldn’t wait until everything will fix itself, cause it won’t. I’ll share with you several tips on speeding up your machine by cleaning its disk space, which may be the possible cause of your problems.
When you see that your Mac is proceeding slower than before, the problem may be in a full disk. You can be waiting for a long time until some apps open because your Mac has run out of free disk memory entirely now.
How can you solve this ‘low disk space’ problem? Deleting rarely used programs is not the best decision, because they can take not much space memory. In fact, there are more effective and fast ways to get available disc space on your Mac.
The first way to increase free disk space is to remove system junk. While Mac is proceeding, it gets a lot of extra junk files. By wiping them out, you won’t lose anything. You can do it with a cleaner application. For example, download this one - Clean My Mac X. This app will empty your Mac from excess trash, so the disk space on your Mac will run high again.
How to Identify the Cause of Low Disk Space on the Mac
Right as the doctor can’t start the disease treatment without analyzing its symptoms, your attempts to fix the low disc space problem will be ineffective. So, you should identify where all the memory has disappeared at first.
Go to the Apple Menu in the left corner of the screen and choose the ‘About this Mac’ option. Then, select the storage tab in the opened window. You can see a lot of files in the colorful graph. Here are those, which occupy the most free space on the disk. Now, you have extremely useful information and much more user control over it. It means that you can see how much space each program “eats” and then decide more sensibly what program you want to delete.
You will work on this problem faster, if you download CleanMyMac X (it'’ free for Download). This app offers us more advanced features.
What New Features Will You Find in CleanMyMac X?
Here you can see all the applications in your Mac at once! You should click twice on the green-colored ‘Apps’. You will see the Finder window with every app on the Mac. Double-click the orange-colored portion and then see all the audio files that your Mac contains. You are able to see a file of any type. For example, you can find no more useful movies or text documents. You can be sure now what of these files and apps occupy the most disk space on your Mac.
After identifying the most giant apps or files on your drive, you are eager to find an effective and handy way to free up some disk space.
How to Free up Disk Space on Your Mac
Here are some variants that will help you to increase free space on the disk:
1. Find a new location for old and large files
Do you know how many there are files that have not been used for a very long time? Maybe, years have passed and you still haven’t opened all those old photos or movies. Sometimes, it is extremely hard to part with the heartwarming memories, but their time has come. It would be better to replace them to an external drive or just archive those files. I recommend using ‘CleanMyMac’s (Large & Old Files)’. It shows all the files which were not used for a long time already. This way, it is easy for you to decide which one is better to archive.
Just keep in mind that all showed files take too much disk space on your Mac now. Imagine how much space you will have for new apps! So, if you have never seen them for so long, you will hardly need it again. Anyway, they are always near.
2. Remove unused apps from your Mac
Are you sure that you remember every application on your Mac? Have you ever installed an app to use it only once or to see just how it can work? Of course, you have not used it from that time. So, there are a lot of forgotten apps on the Mac.
However, here is good news on how to get used to the good practice of cleaning out the files you no longer use. Download a reminder to examine your Mac Applications folder.
On the other hand, removing an application into Mac’s trash won’t delete all the related documents. But CleanMyMac’s ‘Application Installer’ eliminates even leftover pieces. So, you will be surprised by the increased available space on the Mac. CleanMyMac X deletes every file related to the main, original one. Even if this file is tucked away, the program shows you its deletion.
You are also able to ask CleanMyMac for scheduled cleaning. So, you can take more control over this process.
3. Make the ‘Downloads’ folder empty
Another type of file that wastes a lot of disk space on your Mac is the ‘Downloads’ folder. You will be impressed at the moment of finding out how many useless files it keeps. You may discover random pictures, old photos, ZIPs, unused modules, and extensions there. You can reveal all of these hidden files in cold storage by pressing the ‘Download stack’ in the Dock. After doing that, you can browse all of the latest docs. But most of all, take care of the free space on your Mac. So, drag all useless stuff right to the Trash.
4. Say “No” to system junk!
Unnecessary system docs such as cache, binaries, MacOS installers and backups that are no longer in use also block a great amount of disk space. CleanMyMac X also recognizes and removes them completely.
It always surprises me tremendously, when I discover the cause of what makes my Mac ‘suffer’ sometimes. And here they are! Really unnecessary trash.
You should better get reminders often and then uninstall a huge part of applications. Don’t let the tricky files in the ‘Download’ folder kill your Mac slowly in such an “unlawful” way!
I hope you will always have free disk space on your Mac thanks to following our pieces of advice! Subscribe to my blog and get more information about more Mac tricks and tips!
I hope that these tips have worked and you’re now enjoying your fast and furious Mac again! In any case, you may get rid of system junk, unnecessary apps and old large files regularly to not face problems with your Mac’s speed ever!