DaisyDisk

As an owner of a Late 2013 MacBook Pro with a measly 256GB of flash storage, space is at a premium for me. Yes, I keep an external drive for all of my video content, but with a drive this small I still find it necessary to keep tabs on my storage space and delete unneeded files on a regular basis.

You can always use the Finder to manage storage space, but that can get tedious. Although it’s technically capable of doing so, the Finder isn’t the best tool for analyzing your available storage space and deleting files.

Instead, I find that a Mac App Store app called DaisyDisk does a superb job of helping me managing my Mac’s storage space. DaisyDisk is a $9.99 Mac App Store app with an awesome looking interface that makes managing storage space a walk in the park.

DaisyDisk recently received an update, bringing it to version 4.0. Here is a look at the 4.0 change log:

  • Brand new look-and-feel matching OS X Yosemite
  • Improved disk scanning speed (up to 20x faster)
  • Reduced memory consumption

DaisyDisk used to take at least a minute or two to scan my drive, but after the 4.0 update, it only takes a few seconds and is now much faster than before. Keep in mind that you’ll have to be running some up to date hardware (newer SSD and 4-core CPU) to really feel the changes, but if you are, the speed update is certainly noticeable.

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Once you launch DaisyDisk, you’ll be presented with an easy-to-follow interface that lets you visually peruse the contents of your Mac.

DaisyDisk 1

With DaisyDisk’s UI, it’s simple to drill down into the OS X file system and identify what’s taking up your Mac’s storage space. In no time, you’ll be able to collect files that you’d like to delete, and once you’re done, you can empty the collection bin and permanently delete those items.

DaisyDisk 4

It’s never fun when you’re running low on space and you have to quickly delete files to get back to work. It’s even less fun when you have to do so via the Finder, which makes what should be a simple task a stressful and tedious one. But DaisyDisk makes disk management fun, visual, and easy. You won’t use it every day, but when you need it, it’s a great tool to use.

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Again, you can find DaisyDisk on the Mac App Store for $9.99. If you already bought an earlier version of the utility, then the 4.0 update, which brings about better looks and much improved speed, is a free update.

What do you think about DaisyDisk?

  • Shaw

    Better than CleanMyMac?

    • Alexander Sundiev

      Exactly the question I had!

    • I prefer DaisyDisk. It’s much cheaper, and in my opinion, helps you to visualize storage space better. Clean My Mac has more options, but I prefer the simplicity of DaisyDisk.

      • eXoguti097

        I think DiskWave is much simpler than this. The UI and the colors are pretty and all but distracting after being used to DiskWave.

      • Fayssal Bel

        is this a sponsored article ??

      • No.

      • OneBigInFiniteJoint

        is this better then Dr. Cleaner by Trend Micro ?

      • Anonymous

        Can you view your Mac temperature from dasiy dick, and free up ram?

    • Xee

      Its different. this lets you see whats taking up the most space visually. CleanMyMac automatically cleans up unnecessary junk. Yes there is some overlap but generally as above.

      • Zzyzxd

        You can always choose what to delete manually in CleanMyMac if you don’t trust its selection. It’s just not the default option (which is more friendly to most users).

    • Jack Wong

      CleanMyMac has much more features but this one has a better interface.

      By the way, $10 is too much.

  • Marcus

    Better than MacReviver?

  • Michael Hulet

    Lol, “256 GB of flash storage” and “space is at a minimum for me”. I’m on a Mid-2011 MacBook Air with only 60 GB of flash, so imagine how much of a lifesaver this is for me

  • Abhinav

    omnidisksweeper Works fine and it’s Free

  • Nikita Peresadko

    I’m going to buy Pro 2015 with 128GB and later card for extra 128 😀 But I think we are living in the era of cloud storages and 128GB enough for laptop, only if you gamer or working with video content is not. Furthermore to keep all files in “list” you need this space, as for me I always have tons of useless garbage on my PC with 1TB.