No one likes to find themselves running out of hard drive space on their Mac. Weeding through files and deciding what to delete and what to keep is a painful process and one that none of us likes. One of the biggest causes of wasted space are duplicate files. Luckily there are a few easy ways to locate them and clear them out, in turn saving yourself some valuable disk space. Here's how!
There are many apps available in the Mac App Store that can help you find and take care of duplicate files. Which one you use is ultimately up to you but I've found Duplicate Detective to be one of the most user friendly and effective. So that's the one I'll use in the steps below. You are, of course, free to choose a different one if it suits you better. The steps may just vary.
That's all there is to it. In my experience photos are typically the largest culprits since it's so easy to import them from Photo Stream and from a camera or another source, creating multiple copies. The same can happen with video imported from iPhones and iPads.
Give it a try and let us know how it works for you. How much hard drive space were you able to recapture?