Reclaim Your Hard Drive Space on iMac

Using an iMac is a really great experience for a computer user. It has all the beauty of an all in one desktop computer and the power of Apple. Working on this amazing desktop is one in a kind experience. But running out of space is one of the basic problems of this information era. Sooner or later, our iMac runs out of space. So what to do? You have a number of options to keep your data in other drives, backing up etc. Here are a few tips for you. You can smoothly reclaim hard drive space on your iMac with these steps.

Using the internet in different browsers, downloading music and photos etc. can look tiny. But they acquire a considerable volume in the hard drive of your iMac.

To maintain uniformity, you should always keep a track of the used space on your computer. Even if you have the latest Macbook pro with its 512 GB SSD, space is going to be filled sooner than you think. Here are a few tips to keep your computer’s hard drive free.

Have a Look at the Bulky Files in Your Computer

The foremost thing you can do is to view the files that are taking up huge space. This can be done using any external application. If you intend to avoid using any third party application then it can be done manually on your iMac.

Open new finder window > Go home – or use Shift + Command + H

To open new finder window – press Cmd+F

Choose ‘other’ in the left drop down.

Find the new window; choose ‘file size’ checkbox – This will set the search parameter.

Take the next scroll and select ‘greater than’ – Change the file size as you desire.

Once you type the file size, it will display all the files that are greater than the designated size. Now you can choose the files that you want to remove from the computer or archive it on any external storage.

Empty the Trash to Free up Space

Keep the trash folder empty always in order to keep the space free. Most of the files can get corrupted if left for a long time in the trash folder. There are many files that refuse to get deleted at times. You can take help of any external software for cleaning it up completely.

Remove Photos from iMac Hard Disk

There is a huge number of image collection on every computer most of the time. So cleaning up pictures may lead to a significant empty space in the computer. So cleaning up access photos from your computer should be among the foremost steps you should take.  Some of the image collections may lead to acquiring several GBs of space.

To start with, you should refer to the new photo applications like iPhoto and Aperture. These applications migrate all the images of your computer and keep a copy of those images in a specific folder. When you migrate the images with iPhoto or Aperture app, make sure you have only one place to keep your photos. if you don’t use these apps, you should remove all the library elements. Or preferably you should archive all the library elements in an external drive or a NAS. Just in case!

You can use iCloud to take an archive of all your photos. go to iCloud and click on the photo check box. Go to the options button and store all your photos in there.

Remove Files from Download Folder

The download folder in your computer is probably the most crowded place on your computer. The files in download folder may vary from PDFs, Music files, videos to application files. This is one of the chaotic locations in the memory of a computer. You can delete all the unwanted files from the download folder. If they are apps, then you probably want the latest version of them. Also running an old exe file in the download folder may not be a good idea. So try to keep a track of the download folder and make it as empty as possible.

Delete all the Unwanted Applications

There are a number of apps we go through while using a computer. The Mac apps come in bulks when installing. These apps have execution files, support files and other relevant files for the application to run smoothly. So when you get rid of these apps, it doesn’t delete all the related files, instead, it uninstalls just the app from your computer.

These files can be found in many locations like system folders, plist files, and application support files. These files eat up a large volume of the hard drive memory making your computer fill up faster than expected.

You can uninstall and delete all the related files using specific uninstaller for every application that comes with it. But many of the applications do not provide a proper uninstaller that can delete the application files. It can be done manually which is a tiring job. Or it can be done with the help applications dedicated to deleting app files.

Use Cloud Storage Smartly

Cloud storage are a very good option to keep all your files safe and at a place. You can anytime access all your files stored in cloud storage such as Dropbox and Onedrive. The only problem with these cloud storage is the synchronization. Whatever you save in dropbox will be synched to your computer by default. This does not help if you are running out of space and looking for a cleanup.

All you can do is to choose an option to sync only specified files in your computer.

Dropbox – Go to Menu bar > Click COG > Preferences.

Now Go to Account tab > Click Change Settings.

You can now change the files and folders to sync with your iMac.

If you are using Onedrive – Go to menu bar > Click Preferences

Now go to choose folders > Choose folders

You can alternatively use the expand arrow to select or deselect a folder to sync.

These steps will help you to keep the computer space free. There are several undesired elements in your storage space that it’s not possible to clear it in one take. By a few methods, you can smoothly reclaim hard drive space on your iMac with these steps.

Keeping a number of unused files in folders like trash, download, photos, music etc may lead to the corruption of files. It is better to avoid such situation with emptying the hard drive space regularly. In case your iMac has suffered a lag in speed and performance or deletion or corruption of files. You should refer to iMac hard drive recovery guide to solving the issue.

Reclaim Your Hard Drive Space on iMac was last modified: April 18th, 2020 by John Harris

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