OS X Startup Disk Full: How to Free Up Storage and Speed Up Your Mac

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Send Yourself a Reminder

Why You Should Use an OS X Duplicate File Finder

Duplicates waste your space. If you have never sat down and dedicated time to finding duplicates on your computer, then there really is no way of putting it gently - find time to locate and erase them off your Mac. Deleting duplicates will free up decent space on your computer, though the process can of claiming that space is an incredible pain in the neck (which is probably why you haven’t done it before). There is plenty of guides out there on how you can find duplicates without using a third-party cleaner, but the truth is that it is not worth your time doing it manually.

Save yourself some time and effort — grab MacFly Pro. Launch the application and select Duplicates. Hit ‘Scan’ and let MacFly Pro do the searching. Once done, hit ‘Review Files’ to choose the ones you want removed. Finally, click ‘Delete Selected’, to remove the files.

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App Cleaner OS X Recommendations to Deleting Apps

If you want to keep your Mac clean, then do it a favor and stay on top of your apps library. It is simple, apps usually run background processes, build cache, check for updates etc — all of these processes use your computer’s resources.

“I want unneeded apps taking up my storage and RAM.” said no one ever.

Remove Apps and Installation Files You Don’t Use

To remove an app, open Finder>Applications. Simply drag-and-drop to Trash the apps you want to delete.

Open Downloads folder (if you have not changed the default path for your downloads) on your Mac and look for dmg files. Those are the files that you use to initially install an application on your computer. There is no reason to keep dmgs after the apps were installed, especially as they can take substantial space on your disk. Select and remove them if you haven’t yet.

Delete Left Behind Caches

As you use an app it gradually accumulates various cache. It basically writes the data about the items or files that you have accessed. It is pretty handy when you actually use the app, as it speeds up the loading times and allows for quicker access to your recent or most used files. Yet, it becomes useless if you have already deleted the application from your Mac. The only logical step is to erase the cache too.

Find and remove the caches by going to Library/Caches folder. Locate the folders that contain the names of the apps that you have already deleted and remove them. It is not the quickest way of getting rid of caches, but this is something you can do without installing any additional os x junk cleaner apps.

Find and Uninstall Rarely Used Apps Using MacFly Pro

MacFly Pro will help you kill two birds with one stone. Open MacFly Pro and click on Apps, then ‘Scan’ to find the applications you rarely use. Check the boxes next to applications you want to delete and hit ‘Uninstall Selected’ to remove them along with associated cache.

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Keep OS X Up-to-Date to Speed Up Mac

The importance of updating your OS to the latest version can’t be stressed enough. System updates are not all about the new features and tweaks, more importantly, they bring security patches and bug fixes. All software has its weak spots and it is only a matter of time until it is discovered and taken advantage of. Developers constantly work on locating and patching these areas. Therefore, OS X Software updates are of paramount importance. Depending on how old is your Mac, the latest version of the macOS available for it may vary: OS X Lion, OS X Mavericks, OS X Yosemite, OS X El Capitan, or OS X Sierra (some models won’t be getting the new OS X High Sierra or macOS Mojave). Regardless of the macOS version you are currently running, it is worth making sure that it’s the latest available. Go to Apple Menu>About This Mac>Software Update… to check if any updates are available.

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Restart or Shut Down Your Mac Regularly

Mac’s Sleep works great. It lets you jump in and out of your work quickly by closing the lid of your MacBook. It works so well that, in fact, many users end up never shutting their machines down.

If you are one of those people who do not restart their Macs at least once in 30 days, then this goes out to you - give your MacBook a break every once in a while.

Regularly Shutting Down or Restarting your Mac will allow for full installation of updates as well as clearing of system cache. To Restart your Mac, go to Apple Menu, hit ‘Restart…’, and wait for your Mac to reboot. Repeat the procedure at least once a month. Your Mac will thank you.