An interesting development took place on the way to terabytes of cheap storage for the Mac. Think about the size vs. the cost of hard disk drives for today’s Mac users. A four terabyte disk can cost less than $300. A three terabyte disk can be had for less than half that price (check out MacSales for comparisons; that’s where I buy most of my Mac accessories).
Simply put, disk storage today is dirt cheap. Unless you’re a MacBook Air or MacBook Pro owner. Flash storage continues to come down in price and go up in storage volume but remains substantially more expensive than traditional hard disk drives.
That means Mac notebook owners need to organize, manage, and even prune files from time to time to avoid running out of space. What’s the best way to do that? An organized Documents folder helps. And so does a little care of the number of photos in Pictures, movie clips in Movies, and songs, TV shows, and movies in Music (where iTunes rules).
Because Mac users should be concerned about storage management, and unnecessary files, there’s DaisyDisk, a unique way of looking at all the files on your Mac, managing files for optimum storage, and even freeing up storage that’s available but not visible.
Put another way, if your Mac uses a Flash SSD for storage, DaisyDisk could quickly become your new best friend. DaisyDisk scans all the files on your Mac and displays them in a rather unique visual image.
Simply click to see which files are what and how much space they take up. DaisyDisk can scan any storage device connected to your Mac.
The color coded circular graphic displays the files which take up the most space– Music, TV shows, Podcasts, Photos, or whatever else you keep too much of.
DaisyDisk lets you preview files or sections of files so you can decide to keep or delete to free up a little more space. Why Apple doesn’t have such an app for OS X is beyond me.
You can delete files right from within DaisyDisk, and the app is 64-bit so it scans your Mac’s files faster than ever.
I don’t know of a better, faster way to check on your Mac’s storage, and it’s essential for Mac notebook users with SSD storage. A few other features would make it perfect. For example, an option to strip out OS X language files which are not going to be used ever would save hundreds of megabytes would be worthwhile.
As it is, DaisyDisk has over 1,600 four and five star reviews making it one of the most popular apps on the Mac App Store.