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Published On: Tue, Apr 3rd, 2018

How to Wipe Mac hard drive to free up space

Your Mac may be running slow these days. It takes what seems like an eternity to start, you have to delete something just to be able to download a file sent to you by a co-worker and every time you try to watch a video it seems to be blocked for a few seconds. It’s time to fix this.

You will certainly be happy to know that there are ways to wipe Mac hard drive. Let’s know a detailed version of the information below

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Get rid of old applications

Cleaning a Mac is as simple as removing all the garbage that you have accumulated during the last few years, that which is on your hard drive and you do not remember why. If you have little space left in your storage unit, it’s time to eliminate that garbage. Personally, I like to start by deleting applications and then delete the files. It is as simple as viewing your list of apps and deciding if you will continue using any application or not.

Access your application folder and order them by size, which will place the largest first on the list. If you have a heavy application that you never use, like iMovie or GarageBand, delete it. Remember, whenever you want you can download it again in the Mac App Store. If you purchased software from a developer outside the Apple store, make sure you still have the license stored somewhere before deleting that app.

Removing apps on the Mac is usually really easy: simply drag your icon from the Applications folder to the trash. The bad news is that if you do it this way the app will leave a repel of files in your system, which usually do not have a large size, but they are garbage. This is why the best way to delete an app next to those files is with an application like App cleaner, which I like a lot because it is easy to use and free. So, you can remove software by dragging its icon from the Applications folder to the App Cleaner window, which will remove it along with all its files.

Clean your storage unit

If you have macOS Sierra you can easily find and delete the largest files using the storage management tool. But if you do not use Sierra, my favourite app for this is DaisyDisk (although it costs $ 10).

This app analyzes your system, finds the largest files and allows you to delete them from there. When you start DaisyDisk will show you a graphic with all your files depending on their type, so you can easily find the largest files that are no longer useful and delete them, like that video you saw once and you forgot that it existed. DaisyDisk is an idiot-proof app, which means that it hides all the important files of the system so you can not touch them. In addition, the app allows you to see the files you are going to delete before doing it, although it is advisable to make a backup of all your important files.

Author Bio: Emma Jones is a content writer at TechsCrunch. She also handles marketing and SEO in her team. In her free time she likes to learn about new technologies.

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