If you are a passionate user of Mac like me and want your system to always be fast, then you should look through your hard drives regularly and remove all the useless files. Today, majority of Mac devices provide up to 800 GB+ hard drives but as we have lots of data to store, it also fills very rapidly. So, instead of increasing your Hard Drive space, it is better to get some spaces by deleting these unwanted files. Now the question is how to check these useless files and folders from your Mac OS X.
First, find the used space according to applications such as iMovie’s, iPhoto etc. To do so, go to the 'Apple Menu' and select 'About This Mac' option and select 'More Info' button, which is followed by the 'Storage' tab. You can try some manual approaches, which might be helpful for you in removing these unwanted apps.
1. Delete all the Duplicate Files: -
Delete useless files is the first priority as these files took so much spaces without any use. To identify these duplicate files you can use professional tool like Stellar Speedup Mac, which analyze your Mac system and provide all the necessary information about your duplicate apps. These duplicate file finder software’s are very fast and affordable, which not only identify your duplicate applications but also remove them safely without any changes in the original file system.
2. Empty the Mac OS X Trash Folder: -
Emptying trash is the second most important step, which you can use to initiate in order to remove unwanted apps in Mac hard drive. There are applications having their own Trash so it is better to remove all the trash application from your Mac OS.
3. Clean up Mac OS: -
If you have an advanced version of Mac like Mac OS X 10.10 (Yosemite) then there must be many new ways to free more drive space. Clean Web browser and application caches, which grows with time and take valuable disk space. Usually caches and browser history increase the speed and saves re-downloading content time for frequently visited websites, however if the information become outdated it is better to remove it for new entries. Cleaning up cache can contribute few more free GBs for sure. And when you visit new websites then it will automatically generate new optimized cache files.
4. Remove Unwanted Files Daily/Weekly:-
There must be many files in your Mac that are of no use but still have occupied spaces so it’s better to find out all those files and remove them as per your suitability. Junks files are also included in unwanted files so it is better to clear your old junk or unused file regularly. Additionally remove application’s leftovers as well, which can be available on your HDD or SSD even after you had uninstalled those files. It will not only make space for new applications but also improve the efficiency of your Mac OS.
5. Move Old Files into a new Storage Device:-
There are many photos, videos and movies which we do not want to remove and always wanted to keep with on our system. So, it is highly advisable that you must store these files and folders into a new storage device so that you can keep them safer for later use. This process will free up more space on your Mac OS and you do not have to upgrade your hard drive to get more space and also your mac will remain fast as it was, when you purchased it.
If despite implementing all the above mentioned the efficiency of your Mac OS doesn’t improve, then I suggest you to give a try to some software like Stellar Speedup Mac. This software will definitely do its task and you will see a great improvement in your Mac.