Available ways to clean up startup disk on your Mac

03 29/ By Shelton

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A startup disk is a partition of a drive containing a usable operating system. Sometimes, a user can have several startup disks on his hard drive, but more will just have one startup disk. Mac users will encounter problem like a full startup disk, and just don’t know how to figure it out. Actually, when you see a full startup disk prompt on your screen, it is high time that you have to free up your startup disk space, and that’s the direction to solve the problem.

To make more space, you will need to clean up the startup disk on your Mac by following the available solutions as bellow.

1. Empty Trash
You may be tend to launch when you just see this option since you have waited for a long time, but it is true that you can free up some space by cleaning up your trash.

Mac computer provides users a convenient way to delete files or even program on the system by just dragging to the Trash, but few of them will keep cleaning up the trash bin. Thus there might be tons of unnecessary files in the Trash, taking up much of space. To empty your trash, you can just
Press down Ctrl+ click on Trash icon in the DOCK
Select “Empty Trash” and then click “Empty Trash” again to confirm it.

2. Archive/compress a files to save space
Compressing files, especially movie files into other formats such as .zip or .tar files will shrink the size of it.
Hold down Ctrl+ Click on the target files you want to compress
Choose “Compress”

3. Make your desktop clean and tidy
In daily activity on Mac, users are inclined to save files, no matter important or not on the desktop to ensure they can be easily found, and just leave them on the desktop even some of the files turn useless.  Therefore, it is also an option to make more startup disk space by cleaning the desktop.

4. Clean up your download folder
All the files or applications you download online will be stored in the folder called Downloads. This folder can be found on the left-hand side bar in Finder. You can just open the folder and delete the unwanted files, especially the .dmg files, which occupy large space.

5. Uninstall unnecessary applications from Mac
Unused programs on Mac should be given the priorities to remove as those unnecessary usually occupy much of space. Pay attention that you will have to uninstall the unwanted applications completely from your Mac, or the remnant files of the application will also waste the storage. If you just switch from Windows to Mac OS X, and don’t know how to perform a complete uninstallation on Mac, you can refer here.

There are more tips for Mac optimization, and we will continue to share what you want to know here in the future. Hope this will help you.

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