How to Free up Drive Space on Mac?

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Most of the time freeing up Hard Disk space is least of your worries. The advancements in technology have given us bigger and bigger hard disk while prices also came down over a period of time. At the same time, popularity of digital media has lead to increased practice of storing photos, audio and video which sometimes consume huge hard disk space. Some modern day computers come with SSD (Solid State Drives) which is speedy and costly, but offer less space compared to the traditional hard disk. In this article we will discuss how you can free drive space on your Mac.

Clear Unnecessary Downloads

In Mac, every time you view an attachment it gets saved inside a folder called Mail Downloads. The size of the folder depends on how frequently you receive and open these attachments. Over a period of time, the accumulating files can easily exhaust available hard disk space. It can be easily removed if you know where it is located. Go to Folder, type ~/Library/Mail Downloads. Select and remove all the files in the folder. Also the items that are downloaded from internet, even the ones downloaded a long time back might still be there inside the computer. The files are located in main Downloads folder. Just open and remove the ones which are not needed.

Remove Old iOS Software

In Mac, most of the times there will be older device backups and operating system updates. Whenever another iOS device is connected to sync with your Mac, there might be older files sticking to it especially the iTunes. To find the old backups in iTunes, choose iTunes -> Preferences and then click the device icon. You should be able to see the backups of all your iOS devices that were synced before. You may not want to remove all the backups, just the unnecessary ones. Removing the backups from these iOS devices will free a lot of space in your hard disk. Just click on the backup you want to delete and delete backup button.

Apart from iTunes, there will be old iOS and iPod software updates. iTunes download these updates, but it doesn’t delete them. Getting rid of them can free a good amount of space. Go to Folder, type ~/Library/iTunes and look for a folder with the name iPod Software Updates and iPad Software Updates. Delete whatever is in there.

Find the Big Unwanted Files

Another villain in consuming hard disk space is the presence of files and folders that is present without your knowledge or you might have forgotten about. Utilities such as Whatsize can help you find such big files. The utility can be downloaded from App Store. These tools allow you to view your files and folders and even packages such as Aperture Libraries and iPhoto sorted by its size and date modified. This can help in finding the bigger files and remove it. But be careful in removing files, especially the one inside /Library and /Users/username. Removing these files might create issues related to user account or updating certain Apps.

Use External or Network Storage

In Mac, The best way to save hard disk space is to save it inside an external storage device or on network attached storage (NAS). If you have an external storage device, it is better to upload your iTunes Music, photos and videos on the external storage device. Make it a practice to remove any movies that you already watched 100 times in the past. If it is so precious, make sure you take a backup.

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Anup Raman
Anup Raman

I am Anup Raman. A Tech Enthusiast|Blogger|Tech Trainer with 10+ yrs experience in the field of IT. My expertise are in Operating Systems, mainly Windows and Computer security which comes from my experience, working as Tech Support and Trainer for Microsoft, Symantec and McAfee. Loves blogging about Technical Troubleshooting, discussing latest Gadgets, Games and doing Reviews.

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