When you are trying to be productive on your Mac, you need three things. The right attitude and focus, suitable applications and efficient hardware. This post focuses on the third element of that triumvirate, hardware and, more specifically, your hard drive.
Daisy Disk is an application by two developers who understand the mechanics of OS X storage intimately, namely Taras Brizitsky and Oleg Krupnov. They have created an application, in Daisy Disk, that is now in it’s fourth iteration.
I have to say that before I upgraded, I was more than happy with Version 3.0, so when I opened the App Store app on my Macbook Pro and saw that there was an upddate pending for Daisy Disk, I was pleasantly surprised.
Not as pleasantly surprised, however, as when I ran the app for the first time post-upgrade.
The first thing I noticed when I clicked the Scan button was the sheer speed of the scanning process. Version 3.0 was not what you would describe as slow, however once you pressed the Scan button, you knew you had a moment to quickly check your Inbox or make a quick cuppa. Well when I performed a scan with Version 4 on my 256GB drive (at approx 50% capacity) the scan was completed in a little under three seconds. That’s not a typo you understand. Three seconds.
Once the scan had completed, the same display screen was presented to me as before, albeit this time with a cleaner appearance. The font looks really trendy against the black backdrop and their use of colour in the circular Sunburst chart is as gorgeous as it always has been.
Hover over a section and the right hand pane will automatically display an overview as to the contents within, giving you the chance to take action if you so wish. You can press the Space bar to see more details, like number of files present, date modified. If it's a file as opposed to a folder, the Space bar will act as a Quick View for the file.
If you decide it is something that you don’t need, simply drag it across to the bottom left hand corner of the app screen, where there is trash area (known as the collector) ready and willing to collect anything you throw out and dispose of it accordingly.
It isn’t just the local drive that is able to be analysed in this way. You can attach any direct storage and use Daisy Disk to give you an accurate, real-time appraisal as to how the available storage is being utilised. I use this often with the various removable hard drives we have around the house.
The price is a fantastic $9.99.
The standalone edition is not sandboxed and allows for extra functionality. You can scan disks as administrator, delete stuck files and even reveal 'hidden' disk space. If you purchased the Mac App store version, you can still download the version directly from the developers site and these features will be unlocked. There is a job for me to do after this review!
DaisyDisk appeals to everybody. Professionals want something that is quick and easy, freeing up space in an efficient manner meaning that costs can be saved. Novices want a pretty interface that has no learning curve to master whatsoever. DaisyDisk provides both. It’s lovely to look, easy to use, as efficient a disk app as you could wish to use and I cannot recommend it enough.