Managing Your Hardrive with Daisy Disk

Posted on November 29, 2012 in Your digital life by Travis Nesse

Just the other day I was downloading a season of the Office onto my Macbook Air when a warning popped onto my screen uninvited. ‘Your Hard Disk is Almost Full’ it informed me. This left me a little bewildered since my Air is my portable machine devoid of much of my digital life. Upon digging a little deeper, I found that my computer was hoarding over 50GB worth of data under the classification of ‘other.’ This left me more than a little annoyed and set in motion a most fortunate series of events.

Hard drive space is a tricky thing, my first notebook computer had about 40gb of space, today none of us would dream of purchasing a notebook that had that trivial amount of space. Today my home computer has 2TB (2000gb) of hard drive space, and I have come to terms with the fact that someday this too will not be enough space to store my digital lifestyle. However, while I will always find myself needing more hard drive space, there are tools available that enable you to manage your hard drive space with greater efficiency. One of my favorite tools is Daisy Disk.

The other day I pulled up my Mac’s storage status and noticed that I had over 50GB of Other. I thought to myself, ‘What in the world is other?!’ and why is there so much of it on my computer! Thankfully I remembered a program that I had downloaded called Daisy Disk, this program analyzes your hard drive and gives you a graphical representation to the where and what of your data. This allows you to target the fat and cut it away quickly, and efficiently.

Thankfully, I was able to free up over 25GB of hard drive space in only a few minutes, and I am sure with further pruning I could free up more. This, though only a small victory, was very helpful in regards to my morale. If you find yourself in a similar predicament, by all means head over to Daisy Disk’s site and clean up your hard drive, but do be careful; excessive pruning almost always leads to the accidental deletion of something important.

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