A Guide on How to Clean a Hard Drive on Mac

by MacHelpAdmin

Is a hard drive of your MacBook getting full? We’ll explain to you how to clean a hard drive on Mac or SSD with a portion of built-in Macintosh instruments and several free and paid utilities.

First, you should check if there is a necessity to clean up your MacBook drive. Before you familiarize yourself with the utilities, make a back up of your drive. Utilize Apple’s Time Machine for the simplest and most secure reinforcement. Our instruction will illustrate the basic methodology for setting the Time Machine if you haven’t recently begun it.

To check, open Finder and then click on Remote Disk in the Devices segment in the left-hand Sidebar. Or you can right-click it and select Get information from the popped-up menu as well.

The Way the DEVICES section looks like

In the screen’s bottom, when Finder indicates the Status Bar, you’ll see some content. If it’s not showing, you can show it by clicking View section within the menu and select Show Status Bar or, alternatively, utilize the shortcut COMMAND+/. The Status Bar must further say something similar to “46.12 GB available” (see the screenshot). It gives you information about what amount of space is free for storing the applications and all other files.

Taking Out the Trash

First of all, you have to clean the Trash. Begin with opening the Trash folder. Click on the symbol of the can. It will open the folder in Finder. Investigate what’s there to verify there’s nothing essential accidentally sent a junk.

The Trash can

From inside Finder, click on the Finder menu in the upper corner on the left side and select Empty Trash. In particular, the shortcut combination can be used: COMMAND + SHIFT + DELETE. The Mac Os X will have to ask you if you are sure. So, click Empty Trash and the system will remove those files.

Immediately, you can see the space that was cleared up. Take the steps from the above section so that the system could show the available space. In case it is sufficient space, you have finished the process successfully.

The Utilities to Clean Up a MacBook

There are some useful utilities that may assist you in cleaning up your MacBook hard drive. Get acquainted with the list and if you don’t want to clean your hard drive manually choose the one you like the most or which met all your requirements.

MacFly Pro

MacFly Pro will also help you with cleaning your Mac and has convenient pricing plans. It provides a wide variety of functions not available in free applications and is designed specifically for macOS so you will not face any problems with non-compatibility with the latest software versions.

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The application will be your assistant in improving your system, handling the leftovers, reducing the memory usage, removing duplicate files, and uninstalling the files safely.


Currently, we’ve cleared up the junk folder; it’s high time to figure out what’s consuming the hard drive’s space and, alternately, SSD space using a utility known as DaisyDisk. However, the app is not free. In the App Store for Mac devices, you can buy it for $9.99 or, alternatively, get a demo version from the developer’s website.

Launch the DaisyDisk app and click on the Scan button. Give it some additional time. After examination, the app will show the available space in the form of a pie chart. You can click on a colored section and see what every part of the pie chart contains.

If you discover a file/folder that takes too much space and is not important to you, just right-click on it and select Show in Finder. This action will open the file/folder in Finder and give a user an opportunity to manually erase or move content on another drive to clean the space.

Clean My Mac

Clean My Mac is similar to DaisyDisk. Nevertheless, it finds files that can be deleted. Having scanned the disc, the app must show the screen below.

Additionally, one has to deliberately look through, since you may delete your precious videos or photos or, alternately, vital applications. So, be careful when making it. As a bad side of this application, the tool is quite expensive. The free version of it is able to clean only 500 MB of the space. The full one will clean up all your content, but it costs $59.95.

HD Cleaner App

Those who cannot afford to pay for the above apps can use free HD Cleaner. You just have to open a certain folder and let the app scan it. Thus, let HD Cleaner delete all the files.  You may also uncheck those not to be deleted.

However, since it is free and not perfected, you can notice its imperfections. For instance, the app has not cleaned my content from the Mail box. There are more user-friendly and convenient tools.


CCleaner comes as a free and as a paid version. A user can download it from Piriform or pay $24.95 for a full version that will add some useful features. However, it is not available for El Capitan OS X 10.11 yet and has some compatibility issues.