Startup Disk is Full

How to quickly free up several Mb of disk space if your Mac is full and displays the following message:
There are a few tips how to reclaim around ~4 Gb of space in a matter of 2-3 minutes.

  1. Delete app’s caches.
  2. Delete unnecessary desktop pictures.
  3. Delete unnecessary dictionaries.
  4. Delete unnecessary fonts.

These files are hidden in a system Library folders. You can easily access hidden files using our freeware app Funter. Here’s a quick video of it:

Step 1. Delete Apps’ Caches.


When your hidden files will be visible, go to Macintosh HD > Users > your user > Library > Caches and delete the content of the folder, but not the whole Caches folder. In other cases, it may cause various troubles on your Mac.

Step 2. Delete Unnecessary Desktop Pictures.

Go to the folder Macintosh HD > Library > Desktop Picturesit contains 52 images of 432.52 Mb. You are free to delete all redundant pictures.


Step 3. Delete Unnecessary Dictionaries.

Your system has 26 pre-installed dictionaries of 818 Mb. Except English, there are German (Duden), Chinese, French, Portuguese, Italian, Korean, Russian, Hindi, Thai and other languages. Dictionaries can be found in
Macintosh HD > Users > your user > Library > Dictionaries.

You can easily find out which files should be deleted by their name.


Step 4. Delete Unnecessary Fonts.

Almost like with dictionaries, there are pre-installed fonts for various languages, e.g. Chinese, Hebrew, Hindu, Arabic. Doubtful if you need all of them. Redundant fonts can be found in:

Macintosh HD > Users > your user > Library > Fonts.

They take up to 900 Mb. And there are 5 files more than 50 Mb.

Profound cleanup

All together steps 1-4 can free up to 4 Gb. It can give you a breathing space, but in case you need a profound cleanup and transfer or trash disk content, we advise to use disk space analyzing tool like Disk Expert. It scans the whole drive and provides it in a form of pie chart. Biggest sectors stand for files and folders, that simple.