The Sweet Setup exists because I wanted a site that highlights the software that has proven to be the best, not necessarily the newest.
The Sweet Setup has only been live for 8 hours. So don’t expect all of your favorite apps to be cataloged just yet. (I am still waiting for the Newton section myself.) But while Shawn and friends are still curating the very best apps for your digital life, I wanted to suggest a contribution of my own. DaisyDisk 3, the world’s best application for reclaiming your hard drive space.
Two years ago I wrote about DaisyDisk 2, a brand new way of visualizing data on my Mac.
I was amazed how fast DaisyDisk scanned my Users volume. OmniDiskSweeper takes time to scan each directory, but DaisyDisk shot through my filesystem in seconds, exploding into a star of color the moment it was done. DaisyDisk can even scan multiple volumes in parallel, detecting SSDs correctly so as not to impede their performance.
Instead of just showing blocks on a grid, or entries on a list, DaisyDisk’s infographic shines out like the rays of a sun. This kind of data representation is called a sunburst, and although DaisyDisk was not the first to use it they have improved upon the original concept making navigation easier. The larger files take up the most space, but their position from the center designates their order in the filesystem. Instead of starting at the root like most data visualization apps Daisy Disk brings the far out files forward immediately displaying what’s consuming the most space on your hard drive.
Since then a lot has changed about our Macs. SSDs have gotten larger, by space is still constrained. Retina displays have been unleashed, Thunderbolt has evolved, and a two new versions of OS X have been introduced. The way software is distributed has changed, but during all this time DaisyDisk has stayed the same.
DaisyDisk 3 is still the same great disk space analyzer you know and love, now updated for the latest Macintosh technologies.
- New design and application icon to take advantage of retina displays.
- Thunderbolt disks are now recognized correctly.
- New 64-bit engine makes scanning large disks even faster (Daisy Disk 3 requires OS X 10.7+).
- Speaking of faster you can now rescan a specific folder without having to rescan the whole disk.
- And the contents of file bundles can now be inspected.
- DaisyDisk 3 has been updated for Mavericks, including an updated list of system files that should not be deleted.
- And starting with 10.8, DiasyDisk uses Notification Center to keep you informed.
Even better DaisyDisk 3 comes in two different versions. A sandboxed version that is conveniently distributed from the Mac App Store, and a unrestricted standalone version that comes from the DaisyDisk website. The sandboxed version can be automatically updated in the background by way of Maverickks. But the unrestricted version allows you to scan as a admin, delete “stuck” files, and reclaim hidden disk space. The best part is users who bought the App Store version can “upgrade” to the standalone for free.
If you wish to migrate from the Mac App Store to the stand-alone edition, simply download the stand-alone app. It will detect your Mac App Store purchase and work without requiring a key.
DaisyDisk 3 might just be the best way to reclaim disk space on your Mac. But it is also the best way to reclaim disk space on servers and devices you can mount on your Mac. I use DiasyDisk 3 for reclaiming space on all of my Windows servers. I just mount the server share in the Finder, and scan it with DiasyDisk. The same goes for media cards, MP3 players, and digital book readers you can mount in the Finder. It is too bad iOS doesn’t allow for a DaisyDisk of its very own.