Your Mac simply can’t understand how to work with these files. If you have files with extensions that macOS can’t handle with apps installed on your Mac, then these files will most likely be marked with “Other” tag:
- PDF files, as well as .doc, .psd, .zip, .iso
- Personal data files
- System files and temporary documents
- Files from user libraries
- Cache files, saved fonts, data from plugins and extensions
- Anything that is not recognized with Spotlight.
But this does not mean that only trash data is collected in this section. It means you just can’t delete everything you see there. But in any case, cleaning this section carefully will help you save some gigabytes of free space on your HDD. Below, we’ll show you how to do it in the easiest manner possible. Alternatively, you can check this guide on how to delete “other” on Mac.
It’s pretty hard to imagine that you can separate really important things from unnecessary garbage in one click. You will not find one button for this in your macOS interface. Cleaning can be done manually and automatically. The first way that you will need to go through is cleaning the following folders from unnecessary:
- Browser cache
The best option is to remove only the content that you are pretty sure you will not need in a week or two. Deleting important system files can also harm your computer and would make you call professionals. If you want even more space, delete the attachments from the messages in the Messages app, which are also included in the “other storage” section on Mac.
To speed up the cleaning process and do not dive into the depths of your computer, you can use special applications.
But you can use various applications tailored for these needs. These utilities are very easy to use. They systemize all files and help you to remove unnecessary part of it quickly and without any issues with your system’s stability.
Throughout the time of using your Mac, the applications installed on it generate gigabytes of data. These files are not always necessary and sometimes you should get rid of them, especially if this is cache files or temporary files. To do this in a simple manner, the application must be reinstalled. This is long and tedious task to do manually and you should again stick to using specially designed applications. The essence of such applications is that it clears the app data and cache.
To find more junk files on your computer, check the most rarely-visited folders. After analyzing their content, you can decide what to back up on your external hard drive and what to remove once and for all.
The better you take care of your Mac, the longer it will serve you with the same level of productivity and performance. To increase its productivity and use all its resources, such cleaning should be done regularly. You will immediately notice that the computer has started to work faster, and it becomes easier to boot.
These were all about cleaning the disk to make the process faster. If you are using it for large scale, then you may create the cluster which will distribute the process and help you provide faster computation. But for personal purpose, the methods and steps explained above will do the work for you.