Even if you have the best Mac available in the market, you will find that the hard drive is filling up gradually. You need to clean your Mac’s hard drive on a regular basis to improve its performance; else, it would start behaving abnormally.
This article will share a few common tips and tricks to clean your system hard drive for keeping it optimized at all levels.
Remove Duplicate Files
Duplicate files are among the most complicated things that consume a lot of space on your Mac hard drive. Though they are easy to remove, understanding them is the trickiest thing ever. You need to identify them and remove them to improve your Mac’s performance.
- On your Mac desktop, click on the File tab in the menu bar.
- Select the New Smart Folder option from the drop-down list.
- New Smart Folder window will appear; click on the + icon available with the Save button in the top right section of the window.
- Next, choose the Kind dropdown menu and select a file type to narrow your search.
- You will be able to see all the files, including images, documents, music files, saved on your Mac with that particular file format.
- All the files are displayed with their names. You can identify the duplicate files and remove them one by one from your Mac.
- To delete a file, right-click on it and then select Move to Trash/ Bin.
Remove Unnecessary Apps
Have you ever had a look at the apps installed on your Mac? If not, it’s time to do so. Apps that we do not use regularly or in years need to be removed from the Mac hard drive as they might be consuming a lot of space. Delete them efficiently to make storage space for other useful apps.
You can remove unneeded apps using Finder or Launchpad.
Delete Apps in Finder
- Launch Finder and find the apps that you want to delete. Click on the Applications available in the Sidebar of the Finder window as most apps reside in the Applications folder.
- Locate, select, and drag the app to the Trash icon. Alternatively, select the app that you want to delete. Choose File and select Move to Trash.
- If it asks for username and password credentials, provides the login details of your administrative account, else you won’t be able to delete the app from your hard drive.
Delete Apps in Launchpad
There’s no easier way for all the apps that you have downloaded from the Apple App Store than Launchpad to get rid of them.
- Open Launchpad from the Application folder and find the app that you do not use anymore and want to delete from the Mac hard disk.
- If you can locate the app in Launchpad, type the name of the file in the search bar available at the top of the screen.
- Press and hold down the Option key. Alternatively, click and hold the app until it starts jiggling.
- Click x available next to the app you want to remove and then click Delete to confirm the action. It will immediately remove the app from the hard drive.
You can only use Launchpad to delete apps that you have downloaded from the App Store. So, if you do not find the x sign with any of the apps, chances are the app has not been downloaded from the Apple App Store. You may use Finder to delete such apps.
Do not forget to have a backup of your entire hard drive before commencing the deletion process. If you need an app or data back, you can easily restore it using backup.
Utilize the Storage Tool in macOS High Sierra
So, Mac is making it easier for its users to optimize the storage on the hard drive, and this time it’s macOS Sierra that’s making the difference. macOS Sierra integrates a new tool that helps its users clean the junk out of their Mac.
Go to the menu bar, then select About this Mac, and hit the Storage tab. Now go through the settings and enable them as per your specific requirements.
Store in iCloud
You may store your documents, images, videos, multimedia files, etc., in cloud storage. When you move your files to iCloud, it will automatically make space on the laptop’s hard disk.
If you enable this feature, the MacBook will find out the large volume files and delete them from the hard drive to optimize storage and improve your Mac’s performance.
Empty Trash Automatically
Turning this on is actually a smarter decision as the files that have been there in the Trash bin will be automatically deleted after 30 days.
Enabling storage optimization will allow you to automatically delete the iTunes movies or purchased TV shows once you’ve watched them so that they do not clutter up the Mac drive.