Mac and Windows computers are just a computer which require storage device to place all files, data and system files in. It means, that storage device (HDD / SSD) has a capacity limit. Somehow and sometimes it will be full of your data or usually movies, music and games files. And if that happens, your computer will getting slower and much slower because an operating system needs several amounts of free disk space to run properly. On Windows, there are many tools already but what about Mac? IF you are a new Mac user then this guide is really your “must-read” article.
How To Check Free Disk Space on Mac?
Simply go to Finder << Applications << Utilities << Activity Monitor
Another method to check the free space on Mac Hard drive:
1. Make a mouse click on Apple Menu
2. Click on ‘About this Mac’.
3. A Window will appear
4. Click on ‘More Info’.
5. Another window appears
6. Click Storage tab.
You’ll then see information regarding Macintosh HD & other partitions will be displayed in a very colorful manner.
How To Check and Clear Log files on Mac?
Simply navigate through Finder <
However, it is not obvious if these log reports are cleared by the user on timely basis even after its use has been made. A constant ignorance of these files result in accumulation of unwanted log reports which may not be of use anymore. In fact, a Mac user must timely trash them to save some amount of free space for the OS X. Getting rid of unwanted log reports is very simple, you can select and click the command ‘Move to trash’. This way you not only succeed in saving some space but also make the folder look less cluttered.
How To Manually Trash Caches Folder in Mac OS X?
Internet browsers save the plenty of cache files like recently opened website URLs, temporary files, cookies, website images, icons, chat history, email logs etc. As a result of ignorance the ~/Library/Caches folder can be fully occupied with Gbs of caches files which doesn’t sound good for the system’s speed. After all the hard drive needs to have good amount of free space to process your request quickly.
To clear Cache files, simply cruise through Finder << Macintosh HD << Library << Caches folder. Drag the caches folder to the trash bin and drop it there.
Now, again cruise to Finder << Macintosh HD << User << Select Account << Library << Caches folder. Repeat the same process by drag-n-drop into the trash bin. Now you can empty the trash.
How to Switch Off Login Items?
How about having less or no more login-items during OS X start up. Keeping few or none of them would help Mac OS X start without much delay. Click system preferences from the Dock << Click Users & Groups. A window appears; now click to Login-Items to add/remove applications. To remove any unwanted application, select it by clicking on the checkbox and Click ‘-’ tab to remove from the list.
Run disk-repair utilities
Running the disk-repair utilities is often recommended by Mac experts in order to keep a regular watch on the system errors. Even if the hard drive is healthy one must periodically verify disk and permissions. If an error is reported by the Disk Utility’s << First Aid window then select the repair disk option in order to rectify it. Minor errors on Mac OS X if timely repaired can help abort any bigger disaster for sure.
May Also Useful
Restart your Mac: It’s a healthy exercise for a Mac to restart periodically as when it restart the OS X perform maintenance activities like freeing up the RAM, removing virtual memory files, refresh some caches files etc.
Running a Non-Apple utility: End of the day, you can choose a Mac clean up utility to eliminate the crap files and folders from Mac hard drive and individual volumes.
A tool like Stellar SpeedUp Mac 2.0 is a perfect and efficient clean up Mac utility to get optimized system performance by removing unwanted files and unused applications. The best ability of this app is “Scheduler” which lets you schedule and perform Tasks automatically at a specified time.
p.s: This article is a guest post by Vishal Chaudhary