Software Ambiance’s best-selling hard drive scanning utility, DaisyDisk has been updated to version 4. The new version sports a colorful new look, much faster drive scans – up to 20x faster – and reduced memory consumption.
DaisyDisk scans your hard drives, and then presents a visual representation of all of the files and directories filling that drive. The virtual view allows users to tell at a glance which files are clogging their drives, and then allows them to delete the unwanted large files with a simple drag and drop.
DaisyDisk’s “circular Sunburst diagram” displays various color coded pieces of rings, representing the files found during the scan. By mousing over the ring segments, users can view the size, and category of the files. Clicking a segment drills down to display content information in greater detail.
The app’s built-in QuickLook preview capabilities allows users to view the file to help them decide if the file should be deleted or left alone. When the user drags-and-drops a file to the “collector” the map instantly updates to display the changes, and shows how much space would be gained be deleting the file. When the user is ready to delete the files, it can be completed with just one click.
This writer has been using DaisyDisk since version 1, and I’ve found it to be an invaluable tool in my disk maintenance toolbox.
DaisyDisk4 is only $9.99 (USD) for new downloads, and as a free update for all current users. DaisyDisk 4 is available now on The Mac App Store and the DaisyDisk website. A free trial version is also available for download.