OmniDiskSweeper is a Mac utility developed and published by The OmniGroup. When the hard drive of your Mac is not very big, controlling which files are taking up the most room is quite important. OmniDiskSweeper allows you to locate and delete the big files in a very easy and quick way.
This software displays the whole content of your hard drive in descending order according to their size. The app will show you the largest sized files as well as the directories where they're contained, so within the app you can navigate through folders and delete the content you do not want. You can carry out this action with no need to visit the Finder to locate the file.
Take into account that the stuff on the hard disk has little to do with your Mac's performance. This is a rare case since unless the disk is over 90% full, the performance shouldn't slow down. If the percentage is less, it should not affect the correct running of your computer. However, if it is over 90%, this is the most likely cause of the slow performance of the hard drive, so using OmniDiskSweeper is a very good idea.
How to use OmniDiskSweeper
Once you download and start using OmniDiskSweeper, it will ask you the disk you want to scan. When you select the disk, it will start the scan process. It can take about 10 minutes or less, depending on the size of the disk. Once it has finished, it will display all the files and folders in a column on the left side of the screen. The files and folders are organized by size, and they will also have a color code depending on the size they have.
This software displays the whole content of your hard drive in descending order according to their size
You are free to delete and remove the files that you want right from OmniDiskSweeper. If you remove a file, the software will recalculate the space of your disk automatically. Bear in mind that when you delete something from OmniDiskSweeper, it will not go to the trash; it will be completely removed, so you cannot go back. However, do not worry because the software notifies you if the files you are about to remove is a system file or folder, so you can avoid removing something important.
This program also shows invisible files, but these ones are usually system files and they are critical. If you do not know if a file can be removed, ask for support from a professional Mac expert, or be sure you have a complete backup of the entire drive so if you make a mistake, it can be solved.
OmniDiskSweeper 1.9 Features
You can take a peek at the list below to read up on the main features of OmniDiskSweeper:
- It is a free program, so you do not have to pay for it
- It scans the disk you want
- The program displays all your folders and files sorted by size
- You can remove the unwanted files right from the program
- It notifies you if you are about to remove a system file
- It displays invisible and hidden folders
You can visit the developer’s official website to check out more information about the software before you download it to your computer.
In this section, you can read up the minimum requirements that your Mac needs to correctly download and use of OmniDiskSweeper:
- Operating System: Mac OS X v10.8 or later
- Processor: Intel 64 Bit processor