Many Mac users are obsessed by memory space available on their computer and when often they check to see the status, it’s an an odd surprise. Among the categories that comprise the space occupied by memory there are: photos, apps, music, movies and more. But what makes up the other section? If you wanted to release it as you might do? Below, you will find a simple and useful help to optimize the memory on your Mac.


How to find “Other ” storage on your Mac.

If you’re curious to know what are the files that make up this section “mysterious” you’ll have to do is:

  • Click the Apple and go to “About this mac”.
  • Head over to storage and find Other data drive.

Depending on which version of the Apple operating system will have the More section may have a different color. If you have the latest version of OS X then the section will be blue, but if you have an older version you’ll definitely the another section of yellow.


The size of “Other” is often very large in OS X and varies considerably as you can see in the different screens shown above, and acts just how it behaves the same section on our iDevice with the only difference being that on the mac you can better manage all the files. It can definitely be useful, therefore, to know how to free up some memory, especially if one needs to get space.

What exactly is “Other”storage space More on OS X?

Everything that OS X does not cataloged in the existing allocation categories such as applications, audio, movies etc. This means that the list of what composes it is certainly very wide, so it seems appropriate to help give visibility to some element specifically to help you and let you know what are the first things to be deleted:

  • Documents and type doc files including PDF, PSD, etc.
  • Archives and disk images, including zip files, dmg, iso, etc.
  • Various types of personal data and the user
  • Temporary files, swap, etc. entries.
  • iCloud files, application support, screen saver etc..
  • Cache user and system, including what the browser will store and display images and the message media.
  • Fonts, plug-ins and extensions of the app
  • Various types of files and not recognized by Spotlight files, such as the hard disk of the virtual machine, Windows partitions made with Boot Camp, etc.

As you can see it’s not all clutter and junk, but files that are not cataloged by the system into existing categories.

This makes us understand the substantial differences between “Other” for iOS and OS X: in the first case, therefore, does not have the ability to reduce it too much as they are files you come to create within our app and unless the app does not have a specific function the only way to drastically reduce the occupied space is delete the app and reinstall it or restore the iPhone, in the case of our Mac instead we can reduce it and especially check it regularly for understand what are the files that occupy more memory.

How to clean the “Other” data on Mac OS X

But normally it is unlikely that you have big problems with memory (unless you do not have fun to have all the app app store or keep your photos and videos on your computer), and then try to free up space. But if you have an urgency to the need to get more space we recommend the following locations:

  • Delete files that are created in the download folder that does not serve you
  • Eliminate the caches: ~ / Library / Caches /
  • Deleted folders containing useless documents: ~ / Documents /
  • Delete the message media files: ~ / Library / Messages / Attachments /

Note: Be careful with the files you deleted, unless you’re experienced users, you may accidentally delete system files that may affect the proper operation of your computer.

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