While working on Mac, all of a sudden a dialog box starts appearing on your screen: 'Your Startup Disk is full'. It's the final confirmation of what you've been afraid off - your hard drive has finally ran out of space and now you will have to do something to overcome it.
The question arises, how to make space on HD?
When you started up your shiny new Mac for the first time, you might have thought about the hard drive space although you were confident that it won’t ever fill it up. But, now after few months you have filled every troy of your hard drive capacity.
No need to panic, because here we will discuss every feasible measure to solve this problem. This will help you to identify the causes of rapid filling up of your hard drive, plus discover which files causes disaster on your drive. Let’s discuss some tips which will help you to recover some free space on your Mac drive. Reviving a Mac hard drive is quite simple process, but not a short one. If your hard drive space is vanishing or getting filled rapidly, then you need to know the consequences which make your hard drive fill up to its capacity.
How Hard drive space get consumed.
User install a fair number of applications on their Mac, some time just to try them but forgets to uninstall them during their busy day schedules and thinking that hard drive space would last forever. This thing may eat your few gigabytes of space easily. Where as files downloaded via browser or an email attachment pile ups on your hard drive, but yet again more Gigabytes of the drive are gone.
Moreover, User's personal files like photos, videos are the biggest drains on your hard drive space. Every 10 megapixel photo consumes about 4MB in JPEG format, which makes around 400MB to 1.5GB of space for storing 100 photos on your hard drive. The average one hour HDV video holds 13GB of data , so its better not to keep on pilling your videos on your hard drive.
It's not over yet, iTunes library can consume plenty of space on your hard drive with your music collection, podcasts, movies and TV shows. You will be surprised to know that duplicate files existing on your hard drive consumes enough space but if it’s of small size then you need not to bother.
Activity Monitor plays vital role in analysing the application which are consuming space on your hard drive. Some programs automatically starts up when you log onto your Mac. Check Login items in System Preferences so that all the listed app are of use and needed. If not then just select it and click the minus (-) sign.
Ways To Revive Space Back on Your Mac Hard Drive.
Uninstall Unwanted Apps:- Like Login items, through Application folder you can uninstall anything which is no more useful to you. It wont fasten up your Mac but it will reclaim your hard drive space back. You can simply uninstall application by dragging and dropping them to trash.
Check For Some Maintenance:- You should check whether your hard disk is fine or not. To diagnose simply run Disk Utility (in Applications > Utilities) to verify and repair disk permissions. This helps in determining which app can do what with files on your Mac. It also verify and repair the disk itself.
Troubleshoot you Battery and Memory:- If user owns a Mac notebook and having problem with the battery. If you want to get longest life of your battery, fine-tune it so that it gives optimal battery life out of it. If your draining rapidly, then it's a warning. You need to reset the SMU or PMU. Some problems are resolved by resetting your Mac's PRAM and NVRAM.
Reclaim Your Hard drive Space Back :- While you are cleaning your hard drive, try to figure out exactly which app is taking most of your space on your Mac with a visual tool that will represent everything on your hard drive for example Disk Inventory it creates a “tree map” of hard drive and will reveal all the files on your hard drive. So with help of such tool you can delete the unwanted files and can get back free space on your hard drive.
Empty Your Trash :- User must delete unnecessary or duplicate files from their Mac systems because these files contains same content and waste the precious disk space, user must give a check on such kind of files and should not forget to empty the trash.
Delete Unused Languages Drivers:- If your startup disk is full? Then you must check whether your system (Mac) speaks too many languages. User must keep languages of its use only and should remove the unknown languages. By doing this user can save around 3 GB of disk space, but be warned because getting back those deleted languages files is not an easily reversible process.
These were few tips which can help user to regain some free space back, whereas there are many tools which can help users to clean their cluttered Mac OS X.
Third party tools that can help clean a cluttered Mac OS X :–
- Stellar SpeedUp Mac
- Clean My Mac
- MacKeeper’s ‘Mac CleanUp
These steps are all well and good to keep your Mac optimized and running smoothly, and do run periodic cleanups like these to get everything back at their respective top shape.