Search & Destroy: Finding Large Files To Delete For Mac

Lately, I’ve noticed a bit of lag on my work Mac. Even though it’s a 2011 MacBook Pro, it’s still running like a champ. After the usual helpful restart procedure, the lagging persisted. I did recall that I had some large files on it, but couldn’t precisely remember where they were to delete them. In this piece, we’re going to look at how to find some of the largest files on your Mac computer in order to delete them.

Step 1: Access the hard drive via a Finder window. In order to do this, you can either click on the hard drive icon on your desktop or you can click on the smiling Finder icon in the toolbar. From there, simply place any letter in the search field and hit enter to get started. 

how to clean up your mac hard drive

Step 2: In order to begin to search by file size, click the “+” icon.

how to clean up your mac hard drive

Step 3: Click on the “Kind” setting in order to bring up more options.

how to clean up your mac hard drive

Step 4: Click “Other…” selection from the drop-down in order to find the field we want.

how to clean up your mac hard drive

Step 5: Scroll down to the “File Size” attribute. Select its corresponding tick-box to the right and click “OK.”

how to clean up your mac hard drive

Step 6: Click on the “Kind” selection to open your available parameter options. Find the “File Size” selection you’ve just added to the menu.

how to clean up your mac hard drive

Step 7: Once you have “File Size” selected, you can search for any file according to its size or even just files of a particular size. If you’re looking to clean up space quickly, search for files that are larger than 500 MB. This will bring up large programs and file sizes that are taking up valuable hard drive space for you to delete. Once you’ve moved these into your Trash, simply empty out your Trash to make room on your hard drive.

how to clean up your mac hard drive

Disclaimer: Before you delete any files, make sure that you are removing files from your hard drive only. If your computer automatically syncs with any external file storage service such as Google Drive or Dropbox, this search may also pull files from that source if the search is calibrated that way.


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