1. Back up your computer. Backup directions here.
  2. Restart your computer.
  3. Empty the trash
  4. Check how much free space there is on your hard drive. 30GB or more is a good gauge.
  5. To free up space
    1. Search in Finder for “.dmg” These are installation files. You can trash all of them and then empty the trash.
    2. Search in the Finder app for video files by entering: “.mov”, “.mp4”, “.m4v”, “.avi”, “.wmv” Remove duplicates and/or store videos on Google Drive, iCloud, DropBox, external drives, etc.
    3. If you use Mac Photos, open it up and check your trash, then empty it. Look at the “Videos” tab too, and make sure you don’t have those videos somewhere else on your Mac
    4. Open the “Downloads” and “Desktop” and look for stuff you don’t need, trash it.
    5. Look through your folder and files and see what you can archive in Google Drive, iCloud, Dropbox, external drives, etc.
    6. Look in the “Applications” and “Utilities” folder and delete or uninstall any software you know you don’t need.

If you need more space or speed, try the free, trusted software below. But always back up first!

  • Mac: CCleaner:¬†http://www.piriform.com/ccleaner-mac

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