Best Disk Utility For Mac 2016

Posted By admin On 16.02.22

The weather's turning warmer in our neck of the woods, which means it's time to start thinking about spring cleaning. While you're emptying your closets, decluttering, and getting rid of the bloat in your life, why not do the same for your Mac? Here are some simple, easy to follow tips to give your trusted Mac a little spring cleaning of its own.

The 29 best reviewed Mac apps of 2016. Take a look at this selection of the top-rated apps we reviewed in 2016. You’ll find disk utilities, font tools, filters for Photos, video editors,. Disk Utility will erase and format the selected drive, resulting in a single volume being created and mounted on your Mac’s desktop. Click the Done button. That's all there is to the basics of formatting a drive using Disk Utility.

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  • 1) Launch the Disk Utility app on your Mac and select the drive you wish to erase and set up as a new drive from the sidebar. In our case, we’ll be formatting the.
  • You need to know that when the data on your hard disk does stop working, the hard disk tool you've invested in can solve your problem – a one-stop recovery shop, as it were.
  • Drive-cloning utilities: The best Mac apps for making a bootable backup. (Your Mac’s built-in OS X Recovery features include Disk Utility, but sometimes you need a drive-repair app with more.

Clean It Out

Let's start with the outside of your system. Turn it off, unplug everything, and move it out from where you normally have it set up. Give the area around your Mac, whether it's an iMac on your desk, or a Mac Pro under your desk, a good cleaning—there's probably dust and grime built up around it. Apple has specific guidelines to cleaning your gear, and while each system is a little different, it's always a safe bet to take a microfiber cloth to the surface of your device to wipe away the dust and any smudges or oils that may be lingering on your screen or case. Apple suggests a damp, lint-free cloth to do the job, but even a dry microfiber cloth will get he job done—especially on displays and screens where you absolutely don't want to use harsh chemicals of any kind. Photo by Cheon Fong Liew.

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Even though it's not officially recommended by Apple, a little compressed air will go a long way towards getting the dust out of the cracks, crevices, and exhaust vents. If you have a Mac Pro, you can crack the case open and attack the inside with the same cloth and compressed air.

If your case or keyboard are seriously gunky, we highly recommend attacking the filth with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser, but keep in mind that they—and other melamine sponges—are slightly abrasive, so you may be rubbing away grease and dirt, but if you keep scrubbing you can wear away the top layer of the finish as well.

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Tame Your Cable Clutter

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Before you set your Mac back up, go ahead and take some time to tame the cable clutter that may have accumulated under your desk over months of use. Now is a good time to learn how to wrap those cables so they don't take up so much space, or order some velcro cable ties, twist ties, or zip ties to help you keep everything coming out of the back of your computer neat and tidy, and maybe even label them with milk jug labels or bread tags. If it's really bad, you can always repurpose a rain gutter, use a flower pot, or find another container to keep the cables and their slack out of sight.

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Get Up to Date

If you're setting some time aside to tidy up your Mac for the spring, the first thing you'll want to do is make sure you have all of the latest patches, security updates, and application updates available via Software Update. If you're running a really old version of Mac OS and you've been thinking about upgrading, there's no time like the present to get on board with OS 10.8 'Mountain Lion.' Even if you stick to Snow Leopard, or newer verisons of Mac OS aren't supported on your hardware, it's worth using Software Update to make sure your system is as up to date as it can be.

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Uninstall Unnecessary Apps

After you've made sure your system is all up to date, it's time to dig into your Applications folder and start uninstalling programs that you know you no longer need. In most cases, uninstalling a Mac app is as simple as dragging the app to the trash, but doing just that can leave orphaned preferences files from those uninstalled apps on your computer. We'd suggest using an actual uninstaller, like our current favorite, AppCleaner, which is completely free. If you're willing to spend some coin ($13, to be exact), AppZapper has a prettier UI and a few more options, but in the end they both do the same thing. If you use one of these apps to remove those unwanted programs from your system, you can be sure you're getting rid of all of their associated files as well. Finally, head into System Preferences, click on Accounts, and clean out the Login Items tab of any applications that you don't want to run on startup. Sometimes even uninstalled apps leave entries behind, and it's a good idea to tidy up your startup items anyway.

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Reclaim Hard Drive Space

If you've been following along, you've cleaned up your Mac on the outside, your Mac is up to date, and you've uninstalled the programs you no longer use or need on your system. Now it's time to finish cleaning your Mac up on the inside and get back the hard drive space that's probably being wasted by old VirtualBox images, video game screenshots, or other assorted files you didn't know were lurking on your system.

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The venerable Disk Inventory X is a great tool that will scan your drives and show you what's eating up all of your space in an easy to understand view, and it's completely free. Alternatively, $10, if you have it to spend, will buy you a copy of Daisy Disk, an app that many of you preferred because it allows you to not just see the contents of your drive in multiple views, but go ahead and delete, compress, and organize your drive quickly—and automatically, without you having to lift a finger. Just make sure you empty your trash when you're through with everything to really get the space back.

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Do Some Maintenance and Optimize Your System

Now that you've cleaned out the mess from your Mac, it's time to give OS X a little TLC. Head into Disk Utility and click 'Verify Disk.' It shouldn't take too long, and if you see any errors, wait for it to finish and click 'Repair Disk.' It's always a good idea to verify your disk every few months, just to make sure you're not missing some creeping issue with your hard drive or your OS X installation. You may also notice that you can verify or repair disk permissions. It doesn't hurt if you do it, but whether or not it's actually useful as a troubleshooting step is hotly debated. All-things-Mac writer John Gruber says it's voodoo, and honestly, he's right—it's not very useful for regular troubleshooting. However, Dwight Silverman says it's saved his bacon, although he had to dig deeper to fix his issue. Apple still reccomends repairing permissions for specific issues and references it in its knowledgebase. Your mileage may vary.

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Beyond Disk Utility , you may also want to look into a system optimization utility like Onyx, our favorite system tweaker for Mac. Alternatively, previously mentioned cleaning utility iBoostUp does a great job of tidying up your system, as does the newly releasedCCleaner for Mac.

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Back Up Your Refreshed Mac

These steps are all well and good to keep your Mac running smoothly, and even for periodic cleanups like these to get everything back in top shape. That said, they're all but wasted if you're not backing up your system. If you need help getting started, here's how to set up a bulletproof backup system using our favorite tool, CrashPlan. I use it personally to keep both my Mac and Windows systems backed up, and once it's set up, it really is fire and forget—and you get to sleep at night knowing all of your data is safely backed up to another computer, external drives, or—if you have the money to spend—an offsite location.

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You may also consider taking a disk image of your freshly tidied Mac in case you need to restore later after a hard drive upgrade or replacement. You can do this in Disk Utility, but our favorite disk cloning tool for Mac is Carbon Copy Cloner, which is a bit more robust and reliable.

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That's all there is to it. Macs usually don't need much in the way of maintenance, but they can definitely use some cleanup from time to time, especially after heavy use. Apple doesn't ship too much in the way of tweaking or optimization tools for your Mac, but there are plenty out there for all versions of Mac OS, so don't be shy when it comes to giving your ailing Mac a tune-up. After all, it's spring, and now's the perfect time to declutter and clean up your Mac as well as the rest of your life.

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Do you have any spring cleaning tips that we left out? Share your tips—and suggestions—in the comments below.

There are easier and safer methods for erasing hard drives - including SSDs - than 10 years ago. Windows has two easy methods and Mac OS X has another. They are built into the operating system and are free to use. But I also include another method for regulated industries or frequent erasures.

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SSDs - now the standard in Ultrabooks and Macs - are a little different. Thanks to the Flash Translation Layer (FTL) your OS doesn't know where the data is physically. As a result the Mac's 'Secure Empty Trash' command has been removed because it can't be sure that the data is actually gone. But there's an easy workaround for SSDs: encrypt, reformat, and re-encrypt, which is described below.

Secure erase

Delete doesn't delete your data. All that delete does is erase file's reference information in the disk directory, marking the blocks as free for reuse. Your data is still there, even though the OS can't see it. That's what 'file recovery' programs look for: data in blocks that the directory says aren't in use.

The Secure Erase command built in to the ATA standard overwrites every track on the disk - including bad blocks, the data left at the end of partly overwritten blocks, directories, everything. There is no data recovery from Secure Erase.

Secure Erase is a pain to use because most motherboard BIOSes have disabled it, reasoning that people wouldn't understand that it would vaporize their data forever, leading to costly grief counseling with phone support. But there are other ways to achieve data security.

Encrypt, reformat and encrypt again.

Full disk encryption is built into Windows (Vista, 7, 8, & 10) and Mac OS X. The versions on both OSs work on any attached drive. However the Windows encryption tool - BitLocker - usually requires a system with a TPM (Trusted Platform Module) chip. If your system doesn't have TPM, you won't be able to access BitLocker or you'll get an error message if you try. (This varies with Windows releases and versions, so don't be surprised at what you get.)

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To try BitLocker, go the Control Panel, click System and Security, and then click on BitLocker Drive Encryption. Select the drive and start the process. Encryption will take hours on a large disk, but you should be able to do other work on the system while encryption completes.

If you don't have a TPM chip, or the right version of Windows, you can still erase a drive by performing a standard - NOT quick - format of the drive. Go to Control Panel, click Computer Management, click Storage, then Disk Management, then the drive you want to erase. Right click on the disk, choose New Simple Volume, and let the wizard guide you, until you get to the Format window, where you'll make sure that Perform a quick format is NOT checked.

A standard format overwrites the entire drive and, on a hard drive, will take hours. If a hard drive format takes less than a minute, go back and make sure you're doing a standard format.

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The Mac OS FileVault 2 (10.7 and later) function is accessed from System Preferences>Security & Privacy>FileVault. Choose Turn On FileVault, select a password option, enable any other accounts you want to access the drive - in this case none - and click Restart. The encryption process will begin and, like Windows, will take some hours if you have a large drive.

Encrypted. Now what?

After your drives are encrypted, you can now reformat the drive as a new drive, and encrypt it again. Since the drive is now empty, the second encryption will be much faster.

The second encryption ensures your first encryption key - which is usually kept on the drive - is overwritten. A zealous decrypter could recover the key and decrypt your data. But with the second encryption they can only recover the second key, and, since the older data is also encrypted, they still can't read it.

Legal requirements?

If you work in a regulated industry - such as health care or finance - with a regulatory or fiduciary responsibility for data protection, the foregoing will protect the data, but may not protect you against claims for mishandled data. For that you need something stronger.

Based on my tests I recommend the StarTech Standalone Eraser Dock. It will invoke the ATA Secure Erase function and print a receipt to document that fact. Since the Secure Erase option is NIST approved, and better than the DOD requires, you have strong legal protection. But it does require removing drives from enclosures.

A faster option: drive a 10 penny nail through the drive's disk platters. Few players will attempt a recovery from a physically damaged drive.

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The Storage Bits take

After you've used a system for a year or so you probably have no idea how much and what sensitive data is stored on it. Sanitizing the entire drive - which external tools like DBAN can't do, although they are better than nothing - is a smart move.

Unlike the hard to use internal Secure Erase function, these methods of overwriting or encrypting are easily accessed in Windows and Mac OS. Protect your data and sleep in peace.

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