Mac is chosen by most people for its high user interface, operating system, security and most importantly for its swift operations. A message like ‘Your Startup Disk is Almost Full’ seems annoying then. Well, down the line Mac is also a gadget, which needs utter care and handling. Therefore, a data redundant Mac will sooner or later hit you with a such message. If you won’t erase unnecessary data, it will continue to show low disk space popups.
You can get rid of not so complicated issue if you regularly run disk cleanup. It’s a modest process, but before you proceed with it, you should know a little more about startup disk.
What’s Startup Disk on Mac?
“Startup disk is a volume or partition of a drive that contains a usable operating system” (taken from apple support write-up). To put it in simpler terms, it’s the split or partition of a disk, which contains operating system data. But if you have only one disk on your Mac, then OS data lays on that disk only.
Your Mac shows startup memory full popups when this disk is loaded with data. The data may vary from most important documents to redundant files. In order to make your Mac work smoothly, you need to remove some unnecessary and junk files.
Now the questions are- which data is junk, which is unnecessary and how do you remove it. All these queries have their explanations in the article below. Read on and explore the steps you need to take.
Redundant Files and Programs
These are the files, programs, and applications which are not used either regularly or anytime in the long term. Deleting or uninstalling such files frees up ample space, which in turn, increases free memory and RAM.
- Cleanup Trash:
- When you delete anything from your Mac, it doesn’t directly delete all the stuff. It moves the data to trash. Meaning, although you have deleted all unwanted files but they still exist on your Mac and eats up its space. Empty your trash with following steps:
- Ctrl+Click your Trash in the Dock.
- Select ‘Empty Trash’.
- Click ‘Empty Trash’.
- Run Disk Utility:
- You might not be aware but your Mac contains an inbuilt cleaning app, called Disk Utility. Disk Utility removes all cache and junk files. To run this simple app, you should follow the steps below:
- Go to the applications and utilities
- Search for Disk Utility and open it.
- The window now will ask you to select a disk, volume or image. Select the disk by clicking on the disk, which is on the left.
- Now click on the ‘First Aid’ option from this window and click ‘Repair Disk Permission’.
- Disk repair will run automatically. To see what all Disk Utility is removing from your system, you can select ‘show details’ option and vice versa.
- Remove Unnecessary Applications: There must be many unused applications on your Mac. You should remove all these applications. Just chuck them to trash and free up some memory from your Mac.
User Alert: Be careful before performing this function and don’t just throw away any application in order to free up some space.
- Clear up old iTunes and iPhotos: Again these are amongst the stuff that occupies huge space and at times are of no use. Check for all such data and trash all these files.
Other than this, there might be many more hidden folders eating up memory. For instance, every time you update iTunes, it creates a backup of old data. Trash all these files with the steps below:
- Open a Finder window.
- Click ‘Go’ on the top left of this window.
- Select ‘Go to Folder’.
- Trash Music/ iTunes/ Previous iTunes Libraries.
Free up Startup Disk with Disk Clean Pro
Wherein, the above mentioned methods are useful and help you rid off extravagant data on your Mac. But these are all manual and apparently tiring too. All this can be done with a few simple clicks on Disk Clean Pro, an app to improve Mac’s performance. It optimizes a Mac by scrubbing out junk files, log files, trash and partial downloads. Perhaps, it cleans out all cache files and ensures its smooth performance.
Disk Clean Pro’s Efficiency
Disk Clean Pro undertakes all steps to ensure Mac’s safety and security. The app would need your confirmation before proceeding to any step and rest all is taken care by it. Follow these steps to let Disk Clean Pro work on your Mac.
- Download and install the app.
- Scan your Mac by clicking on the ‘Start Scan’ button on the home screen.
- Now click on ‘Clean Now’ button. This will clean up all the issues that Disk Clean Pro has detected in your system.
- The panel on the left of the app offers many other optimizing options, like memory optimization and duplicate finder. Select either of them and make changes on your Mac.
- The app also supports an ignore list for Duplicate Finder. You can keep any of your data here and they will stay intact on your Mac.
- There are times when certain downloads don’t get properly downloaded. These partial download also hog space on your Mac. All such downloads can easily be removed with ‘Partial Download’ option of the Disk Clean Pro.
- The app also has a shredder, which shreds off any app, program or file, making it irrecoverable by any means. Find ‘Shredded’ feature under security option to shred off any app with Disk Clean Pro.
- Above all these, Disk Clean Pro also has manual cleaning options, which includes internet privacy, misc. cleaning and large files.
So now you have known certainly two cleaning options. You can always switch to either of them but if you seek smart cleaning, then Disk Clean Pro is your way. Install the app and fix your ‘Startup Disk is almost full’ issue efficiently.