How to Free up disk space on Mac OS X
If you are using brand new Mac, then disk space will look like more than enough to you but by the time when you have enough stuff on the hard disk one day you feel that you should have some more memory on your mac. To get some extra space we often purchase flash drives or external hard drives. Do you know that you need not to do this to get extra space you can free up space on your existing hard disk? For this you need to investigate that what exactly is taking space on your hard disk and what stuff you have unwantedly on your mac. So let us start investigating and making more space on our existing hard drive.
1. Check all the trash cans on the hard disk: Unlike Windows based computers Macs have multiple trash cans so you need to check each and every trash can for the deleted junk which you can now remove permanently.
a. To empty the main trash can of your user account you have to right click on the trash icon present in the bottom right of the dock and select “Empty trash”
b. iPhoto, iMovie and email all have their own trash icons. You have to check them manually and have to clear unused junk from there.
2. Check installed applications and uninstall what you do not use: Sometimes we install an app to use it just once or twice and then we forget that it is still on our system and taking space. To check the list of installed applications, go to the finder and find out the list of installed applications by clicking Applications.
Here you will find all the installed apps and you can remove what you do not use.
3. Remove Temporary files: By the time a bunch of temporary files get collected on your Mac. These temporary files come to the system when we browse and our browser stores history cookies etc. or system store our actions under recent places.
a. Resting browser: Your Mac is having safari web browser by default. You can clear history and cookies deeply by resting browser but remember that this will clear all your saved settings too. To reset safari Open safari browser, go to Safari>Reset Safari. If you have other web browsers on your Mac, you should also reset them to clear history cache and saved settings.
b. Clearing temp files: Here you have to clear your temp files manually by going to recent folders and clearing the files which are actually located somewhere else on your computer. It is recommended that before removing files you should backup your settings and data so if anything goes wrong you can restore your mac using time machine which is a perfect backup and restore tool in Mac.
4. Using inbuilt tool for the clean-up: Mac of Sierra beta is having an inbuilt tool for clean-up junk from your Mac. To do this you have to go to “About this Mac” then Storage from there you can go to settings to find out and clear Tv shows and iTunes data. You can also set your trash cans to be empty automatically after 30 days.
So now by using these methods you can enjoy more disk space on your Mac without spending Money on external flash drives.