Disk Aid 1.94

Optimizes your system by recovering storage space.
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Disk Aid is intended to optimize your system, mainly by recovering storage space. The tool has a pleasant tabbed interface, in which each tab corresponds to one of its modules. Fortunately, it can handle a variety of causes that are making your disks run out of space.

The first module is Dashboard, and, as its name suggests, this is where you should go to have quick glance of your system stats, including CPU, memory and battery usage. Next, there is Disk Cleaner, which can scan your disks and identify all sorts of unwanted data, such as application caches, logs, browser data and broken downloads. Likewise, it can find those files that are using most disk space, which helps you make decisions on which of them you really wish to keep.

Duplicates can deplete storage space unnecessarily, which is why a module like Duplicate Finder always comes in handy. In this regard, it is good that it does not rely solely on a file’s properties. Instead, it uses SHA-1 hash values to detect duplicate files by their actual contents. Luckily, you do not need to scan the entire drive as picking specific folders is supported. Likewise, you may decide to exclude given folders as well. It is a shame that it does not seem to work with iCloud folders. Once the duplicates are found, the tool lets you choose which ones to delete manually or automatically (if you trust the smart auto-selection feature). more

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Pros

  • Handles a variety of causes that are making your disks run out of space
  • Provides information about your system
  • Identifies duplicates by their actual contents
  • Manual and automatic duplicate deletion
  • Identifies files using most disk space
  • Identifies junk files
  • Shows a tree map of disk contents
  • Removes potential threats
  • Uninstalls application and erases related data

Cons

  • Does not support iCloud folders
  • May not completely uninstall certain applications
  • Cannot create backups from within the tool

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