How to Spring-clean your stor­age

Mac Format - - APPLE SKILLS -

1 Do the house­keep­ing Be­fore tack­ling any­thing else, use a tool like DaisyDisk, in con­junc­tion with us­ing Finder to browse the fold­ers where you nor­mally store work, to clear out tem­po­rary files and fold­ers, du­pli­cates, and any other large files that you no longer need.

2 Check SMART sta­tus In­spect the SMART sta­tus and other drive health in­di­ca­tors of each of your drives us­ing a spe­cial­ist tool such as DriveDx. This app also sup­ports mon­i­tor­ing the sta­tus of USB and FireWire drives – which Disk Util­ity doesn’t – if you in­stall the ex­ten­sion pro­vided for that.

3 Run a sur­face scan If you no­tice a hard drive is ac­cu­mu­lat­ing er­rors or bad blocks, con­sider per­form­ing a phys­i­cal check of the medium, in­clud­ing a sur­face scan. You’ll need a third-party util­ity such as Drive Ge­nius (about £84, prosoft­eng. com) to do this, and scans take hours.

4 Make any nec­es­sary re­pairs Run Disk Util­ity’s First Aid com­mand on each drive to check and re­pair it. This is usu­ally bet­ter with the drive un­mounted first, so you’re best check­ing your startup disk by restart­ing your Mac in its Re­cov­ery sys­tem (hold ç+r at the startup sound), if it needs re­pair.

5 Test backup re­trieval There’s no point mak­ing back­ups if they don’t work, leav­ing you un­able to ac­cess files in them. Open Time Ma­chine, or your pre­ferred backup util­ity, and ver­ify that you can browse your back­ups and re­cover a cou­ple of files from them. Some tools can ver­ify their back­ups.

6 Archive im­por­tant files Fi­nally, archive im­por­tant doc­u­ments onto re­mov­able stor­age me­dia. For op­ti­cal discs, you can use Finder’s Burn com­mand or the likes of Toast Burn (£14.99, Mac App Store) or Burn (free, bit.ly/burn­macapp). Keep one set of all essen­tial work off-site in case dis­as­ter strikes.

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