Our lives are increasingly being stored digitally, with modern technology taking our physical possessions such as photos, books, CDs and DVDs and moving them onto our computers and mobile devices. While this is all very convenient, it means that we are requiring more and more storage space to cope with these large files.
‘Your Storage Disk Is Nearly Full’ is a notification that no Mac owner wants to see, as it will result in hours of trying to decipher what and where the big files are hiding. Thankfully, DaisyDisk is here to help! It quickly scans your hard disks and shows you where your data is being stored so you can easily pick out and delete the files you don’t want any more. Here’s a step- by-step guide on how to make the most of it.
1 Download DaisyDisk
Launch the Mac App Store and search for ‘DaisyDisk’. Select DaisyDisk from the results. Click on the price and choose Buy App. Enter your iTunes password to verify the purchase.
2 Launch DaisyDisk
Once DaisyDisk has downloaded, launch Finder and click on your Applications folder. Locate DaisyDisk and double-click it. A list of your connected hard disks will appear.
3 View connected hard disks
The list will include SD cards, external hard drives and Thunderbolt drives. To scan the contents of a hard drive, select it from the list and click the Scan button to the right of the drive.
4 Scan a drive
A progress bar will appear next to the drive that you’re scanning. Scanning might take a while if you’ve got a large amount of data on your disk, otherwise it takes just a few moments.
5 Scan a folder
If you’d prefer to scan one folder, such as Documents, click Scan Folder in the bottom-left corner of the interface and select the folder that you want to scan from Finder.
6 View scan results
Once DaisyDisk has finished scanning, it will display the scan results visually with a coloured graphic in the main app interface. The bigger the individual blocks, the bigger the file size.
7 Understand scan results
The main graph is colour-coded to show folders on your Mac, such as Documents and Music. The right-hand column shows you which colour belongs to which folder.
8 Delve a little deeper
Click on one of the coloured blocks or click on a folder name in the column on the right-hand side of the interface to visualise the size of individual files within a Folder.
9 Delete unwanted files
To delete any unwanted files, drag them from the right-hand column down to the circle icon in the bottom-left corner. There will be a five- second opportunity to stop DaisyDisk.