Disk Management App 'DaisyDisk' Gets Major Overhaul With Faster Scanning Speeds, New Look

Disk management app DaisyDisk received a major update today, overhauling its interface and improving disk scanning speeds. The new DaisyDisk 4 app has a new, flatter design that aims to match OS X Yosemite and El Capitan, with bright colors, it's able to scan drives up to 20 times as fast, and it consumes less memory when in use.

For those of you unfamiliar with DaisyDisk, it's an app that gives you a visual overview of what's eating up space on your Mac. It displays files in a pinwheel-shaped disk map, letting you quickly locate and clean up large files.

After a quick scan, the interactive disk map pops up, which is organized into different colors to denote various sections of a drive. Clicking into a section drills down into individual folders and files arranged by size and color, so it only takes a few seconds to find content that's taking up a lot of space.


File names are listed at the side of the app and any content you want to delete can be dragged down to a bucket located at the bottom of the app. Once you've collected files for deletion, they can be removed with a click.
"Not only does DaisyDisk 4 have an updated modern look and award-winning intuitive user experience, we've put its new scanning speed up against the top five competing apps and found that DaisyDisk 4 is more than twenty times faster on a modern SSD," said co-Founder Oleg Krupnov "If anyone is looking to liberate hard drive space on their Mac, they could download our app, scan all drives, find and delete unwanted files with a few clicks and have tens or hundreds of GBs more hard drive space than they did a few minutes before! The efficiency of DaisyDisk is also unmatched by the 'automatic cleaner' apps because as a rule, the latter are capable of freeing only up to 10 GBs or so."
DaisyDisk is priced at $9.99 and is available from the DaisyDisk website or from the from the Mac App Store. [Direct Link] The standalone version available from the website is not sandboxed and can be used to scan disks as an administrator, delete stuck files, and reveal hidden disk space.

We've teamed up with DaisyDisk to give away 15 copies of the app to MacRumors readers. To enter to win, use the Rafflecopter widget below and enter your email address.

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20 months ago
Okay so two things:

a) Please show me the international laws that say you can't make give aways outside the US. I am sick and tired of Mac Rumours claiming this nonsense when they have readers from all over the world, and when so many other websites, even mainstream popular ones like Engadget - do giveaways all the time with NO geographical limit. This is a digital piece of software being given away on the internet. The internet should not have borders.

b) This app looks really nice but they have raised their price in the UK for no reason. I have contacted them about this, really dodgy practice if you ask me. Before the update it was quite a bit cheaper.
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20 months ago

Please show me the international laws that say you can't make give aways outside the US. I am sick and tired of Mac Rumours claiming this nonsense when they have readers from all over the world, and when so many other websites, even mainstream popular ones like Engadget - do giveaways all the time with NO geographical limit. This is a digital piece of software being given away on the internet. The internet should not have borders.


I'm not sure why we'd be making it up...we'd love to make our giveaways available to everyone. But we investigated things pretty thoroughly and consulted with our lawyer, and the international situation with giveaway laws is ridiculously complex. We don't have the resources to research (much less comply with sometimes conflicting) giveaway laws in every country around the world, so we have to restrict things. Most large sites (including Engadget ('http://www.engadget.com/2015/09/01/win-a-neo-smartpen-n2-and-notebook-pack/')) geographically restrict their giveaways. Smaller sites may not out of ignorance of giveaway laws, and they get away with it because of their lower profiles. Running afoul of these laws isn't something we're too keen on given our visibility.
Rating: 6 Votes
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20 months ago
I did a scan a week ago on my Retina late 2013 MBP w/ SSD and it took about 3.5 minutes. Updated today and it took around 10 seconds.

wow.
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20 months ago
I'm going to sound like I work for the company, but I swear I don't. This is my number 1 most often recommended app for people. Apple has been shipping computers with SSDs for ages now - but those SSDs... fill up with detritus. People don't remember that they downloaded a 5GB movie, or a Microsoft Office DMG because they didn't have an optical drive - and they just leave those files hanging around. Even advanced users like myself find themselves stumbling upon dozens, if not hundreds of gigs of garbage they can free up for useful space. I love DaisyDisk.

OH - and the article should mention that the app update is FREE for existing users!

Seriously an awesome app by a great dev team.
Rating: 5 Votes
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20 months ago

I'm allowed to be frugal ;)

And yes it was not a sale. I know this because:
a) My memory recalls that there was no sale when I looked at the website a few weeks back and
b) I checked the MacShopper or whatever it's called price history and there was only 1 change in the past year, from $4.99 to $9.99.

I only discovered this app less than a month ago, and I only looked at their website and not the App Store. So Apple's pricing is irreversible (and it's unlikely they shifted pricing only a few weeks ago).

Also the increase, if my memory serves me, is £2.50.


Of course they are. As I am free to express my displeasure at them deciding to change the price, when in the US they kept it the same. It's also actually £8.99 on their store for the non-sandboxed version.


Here's Oleg from DaisyDisk team. I wasn't aware of the change of price in some countries. One thing I can tell for sure is that we didn't change the price by ourselves. The price in our store is calculated automatically using the current FX rates and local VAT rates. And it seems that the calculator of the new store (launched yesterday) is now using a different rounding formula.

Another explanation of the perceived price increase is that in our new store, the price is displayed upfront with VAT included, while in our old store, you were first presented with the international, VAT-less price, and then on the last checkout you saw the price with VAT included. In the UK example, it would be first £6.77 and then £8.12, respectively. You may not have reached the last checkout page so you may have remembered the VAT-less price :) The actual increase of price that we're talking about is £0.87.

I'm now contating our store operator regarding this matter. Thanks for the heads-up!
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20 months ago

Okay so two things:
b) This app looks really nice but they have raised their price in the UK for no reason. I have contacted them about this, really dodgy practice if you ask me. Before the update it was quite a bit cheaper.


What's dodgy about increasing a price? If I've got the numbers right, it's 9.99 USD on the US app store, and 7.99 GBP on the UK app store. The latter is ~12 USD, which is what you'd expect with 20% VAT. In any case, they're free to set the price as they like.
Rating: 3 Votes
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20 months ago

Not at all. Command-F in Finder, select "file size" from pop-up menu, select > or < and type the size.


It's pretty convenient to do this on the entire file system and then get to see the result as a sunburst diagram though.
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20 months ago

Isn't 640k enough for everyone?

Jokes aside, I'm surprised consumers still run out of hard drive space. My 8 year old 1 TB harddrive is less than 30% full right now, and I could probably throw out a lot of stuff on it and come down to ~8% usage. I've moved everything to the cloud - there's no reason to have my media stored locally when I can stream it plenty fast from the cloud.

All that I need locally is a few applications. I manage games through Steam... install them the first time I play them, then uninstall them if it's been a few months since I last launched it and I don't expect that I'll ever launch it again.

I made the mistake of getting the 128 GB iPhone because my old 64 GB iPhone had 40 GB used on it. But to my surprise, 30 GB of that was music which I didn't bother syncing (because Spotify), so I only am using 10 GB of my 128 GB iPhone after nearly a year of usage.

The cloud has made it so I have very, very low storage requirements.


Not everyone is the same, my SSDs are a battle to keep below 100GB - my PC 1TB hard drive is about 50% full and I have a 3TB NAS and an older 1TB NAS which are about 60% full each. I have some music on there, but my photography files are what take up the room. As cameras increase in resolution, so does the size of the files, and interim files created. I'm also quite judicious in cleaning up the dross pictures.

At least on my macs, this app is essential - good to see it updated!
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20 months ago
Hey, thanks for the great reply. I guess this may come down to a nerds-versus-mass-market issue. Or maybe it's just me. Moving the mouse over the treemap display, seeing the borders pop up, and watching the path segments in the status bar change (or stay the same) is, to me, an incredibly natural and fast way of getting the sense of place you refer to. But I can see how non-nerds might find it overwhelming or nonsensical. Regular People Hate the File Hierarchy!™ may enter into it, too.

So yeah, thank you for the nicest and most polite taking-down-a-peg I can remember getting! :) I really should remember that different things actually are better for different people.
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20 months ago
Can't understand why some folk are complaining about a: not being included in the giveaway & b: the price. It's a tenner, you can afford a Mac... so put up or shut up.

Yes, it's worth every penny, and even more so with the free update.
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