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, by Keira Malerson
If you already have or just purchased a new MacBook, sooner or later, you’ll face a need to free up disk space. Why does it happen? The reason is simple: MacBook goes on sale with a solid-state drive with only 128 GB of space, which obviously is not enough for a long use. The users soon notice their startup disks getting full and so, worry about cleaning disk space. However, there’s nothing complicated in cleaning the hard drive or SSD that even Apple beginners can do it.
We’re here today to help you solve the issue of cleaning and keeping the hard drive in good condition. Below, you will find a few useful ways how to clean disk space on Mac manually.
But before you start, please take into consideration the cleaning application MacFly Pro. This smart tool does a good job to clean up Mac hard drive and improves its working performance. Basically, it deletes everything you need to get rid of in just no time, so if you don’t want to spend precious time on cleaning your MacBook manually, then you should try this new cleaning program.
Keep Your Hard Disk Nice and Clean
1. Find and delete duplicate files.
Duplicates are the very first files you should remove from your computer since this type of files takes up much hard drive space. This process is very time-consuming, as you have to open each app folder and delete all unnecessary files there. However, that’s the only way how you can do it by yourself.
2. Empty your Trash cans.
Do you know that when you delete applications or files on your desktop or folder, they’re sent to your Trash? And to remove them completely (with all associated files), you will have to only empty the trash. The only hitch here is that Macs may have multiple trash cans. The main Trash is cleared as follows: Ctrl + click, or right-click on the Trash icon and choose Empty Trash option. To empty Mail, iPhoto or iMovie trash can, you need to Ctrl + click or right- click on the Trash option in one of those applications and select Empty Trash.
3. Uninstall unwanted apps.
Any kind of apps that you download to your MacBook require pretty much space on your hard disk. If you find applications that you no longer use, you have to delete them to free up disk space. You can do it yourself by following this short instruction. Open a Finder window, then on the sidebar, select Applications, and drag and drop the apps’ icons to your Trash.
4. Get rid of temporary files.
To free up disk space on your Mac and make it work better, try deleting temporary files. They don’t take up a lot of space, but there is no good reason to save them. You can do it manually or use different cleaning tools.
5. Discover what takes up your disk space.
You should sometimes scan your Mac’s system, as well as the hard drive, to find out what exactly uses its space. This will help clean your Mac’s hard disk better and get rid of too large or excessive files. But be careful, and don’t delete the important system files that you can find under /Users/name.
6. Clean big attachments stored in Mail.
Another place that you should check for unnecessary files is the built-in Mail application. While you were using this mail, plenty of email attachments have accumulated and you have to delete them to free up some space. In addition, you can change the Mail settings so that the big email attachments won’t be downloaded by default.
7. Use the Storage Tools in macOS Sierra.
Clean your disk space on Mac with the new tool available in the newest version of macOS Sierra. Open the menu, select “About This Mac”, and then go to the “Storage” tab.
You can try some of its settings, including:
- Store in iCloud.
With this feature, you store your Desktop, documents, photos, and videos in iCloud, while Apple frees up local space automatically.
- Optimize Storage.
This feature is to delete large files, for example, it removes iTunes movies or TV shows after you watch them to keep the disk clean.
- Empty Trash Automatically.
If you enable this feature, it will take care of your trash can and delete old files in 30 days after you put them in Trash.
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