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Free Giveaway! DaisyDisk, analyze your Mac’s disk space usage

Free Giveaway! DaisyDisk, analyze your Mac's disk space usage

There are a number of utilities for Mac OS X that help users determine which files & folders are taking up all the space on their hard drives. But most don’t have the unique approach, ease of use, and overall polish of DaisyDisk.

Have you ever suddenly found that your Mac is running low on storage space? It’s natural for this to happen over the course of a few years, but sometimes you don’t even know what’s filling up the disk. Is it a bunch of old files? Some large movie files you forgot about? All that music you never listen to anymore? Instead of manually searching for the storage hogs, try an application like DaisyDisk.

DaisyDisk, available for $19.95, recognizes all of the volumes mounted on your Mac. It provides a simple overview of each drive and lets you scan the ones that are yearning for more free space. Once the scan has completed, an interactive “sunburst map” is displayed to represent all of the files and folders on the disk. It looks complicated at first, but once you understand how it organizes the information you’ll find it to be an ingenious way of determining where large files are located. As an added bonus, it looks pretty darn good too!

Daisy Disk: Analyze your Mac disk usage and free up storage space

As you can see from the screenshot above, the innermost ring is the root of my Mac’s internal hard drive. The green Users directory takes up a majority of the space, compared to Applications, Library, etc. Each level out represents another level or folder down in the hierarchy of the file system. Hovering over each portion of the map reveals more detailed information in the right-side column. Clicking on a “piece of the pie,” so to say, transitions to a revised map with more specific files and folders. You can preview files via Quick Look and easily view them in Finder right from DaisyDisk – making it easy to inspect and delete files you no longer need.

DaisyDisk does one thing and does it extremely well. Multi-purpose utilities boasting similar features simply do not have the well thought out structure and user interface of DaisyDisk. The speed of scans, fluidity of animations, and organization of information are all great examples of what sets this application apart from the rest. DaisyDisk will undoubtedly come in handy for any Mac user at some point, so check out the free demo or register your copy at the developer’s website.

Win a free copy of DaisyDisk for Mac!

The developers of DaisyDisk (regularly $19.95) have been kind enough to offer free software licenses to 3 lucky MacYourself readers! To enter, please leave a comment below, along with a valid email address (this is how we will contact you). In order to avoid spam filter issues, please type a coherent sentence saying you’d like a chance to win. It might even be fun to mention what’s taking up so much space on your Mac. Make sure you’re running Mac OS X 10.5 or later since this application won’t work with anything older. Multiple entries will be deleted, so please only add one comment per person. And finally, don’t worry if your comment doesn’t appear on the site immediately — it might be awaiting moderation and will show up shortly.

The winners will be chosen at random based on the comment numbers they happen to be. The lucky guys or girls will be announced on this page, so save this article’s URL and be sure to check back later. All entries must be made by June 18, 2010 at 11:59pm eastern U.S. time. In the meantime, download the trial of DaisyDisk to analyze your Mac’s disk usage and free up some storage space. Good luck!

UPDATE – June 21, 2010:
Congratulations to our winners Chris, David, and Megan! Their comment numbers were chosen from a random number generator and they have each been given a free copy of DaisyDisk! Thanks to everyone who entered and remember to consider purchasing a copy of DaisyDisk yourself.

42 Comments Have Been Posted (Leave Your Response)

i’d love to win a copy of daisy disk

Looks like a cool app!
I’d like to win this app in order to see how big the application libraries are as some are growing out of control…

This looks pretty cool, I’d definitely like a chance to win! :)

This is a nice giveaway, DaisyDisk looks really amazing. I hope I’ll win one of these copies.

On my Mac, the biggest folder is the one containing the websites I develop, curiously. ^^

Thank you. This would be great to find this black hole on my parents’ Mac sucking all the HDD space. ;)

i’d looooooove to get my hands on the daisydisk!!!

I want daisy diskkkkkkk!!!!!!!!

As I am running out of storage space, I would really like to have this. It looks really cool as well as being functional.

I could use this really bad right now, I been running off my laptop.

Thank you for this opportunity to win a free copy of DaisyDisk. I hope I’ll be lucky enough to win one. :-)

Very nice, i loved dazed disk interface.I want to win a copy!

I would love to get this application!!

Nice! I really love the interface, love to have a copy!

free version is neat.
On the other hand I am going to upgrade to Snow Leopard so I would appreciate to win full version for free.

I would like to have a free version of DaisyDisk. Nice looking app and useful.

It would be great to win a license for this. I’ve tried the trial version and liked it a lot. Media files take a lot of space on my drive.

Cool application to have! Would really appreciate to have it.

I’d like to win a copy, because eye-tracking data is all over my hard disk.

I’d love to win! I once used Daisy Disk, and found almost 16GB of files I “deleted” sitting on my Hard Drive!

DaisyDisk looks fantastic! I need to clean up my MacBook Pro for all my new photos so would love to win a copy!

This really looks and sounds like a great program

I would love to win a free copy for my mac

I only have a 40 gb hard drive and I need to save as much disk space as I possibly can

I am an apple advisor and people are always asking me how to free up space on there hd’s and they always want to know what is taking up so much space. Now I can suggest using daisy disk thats cool

Oooh I definitely want to win! I use up way too much disk space with all my website stuff :p

I’d love to have a free copy of DaisyDisk! Would be nice to see what eats up so much of my free space.

I hope I win Daisy Disk!

When my trusty 6 year old iMac finally bit the dust, I firewired everything over to my new Core 2 iMac and immediately filled up 1/2 of the 3 GB disk. But I haven’t a clue about what all’s in there and would love a chance to clean it up!!!

I’d love to win a copy of DaisyDisk! I’ve got so much crap on my drive that this looks quite useful.

I’ll take a copy!! This looks like a great app!

This is exactly what I need. Between myself and an erstwhile laptop mooch, who knows what lurks in the heart of this Mac!

I would love to have a chance to even review this application!

Looks like a good utility….Will try the trial version.

My main usage are photos photos photos…errrr and mp3 ;-)
Very good app Daisy Disk!!!

Nice giveaway :) Of course I’d love to win a free license of DaisyDisk as well. *crossingfingers*

I love daisy disk. I’d love to have a copy!

I want it!… Yes, I want it!

It’s a very beautiful app.

I have a MacBook Pro with 250GB hard drive and 55GB of that is movies, other 50GB is OpenCourse Ware and 25GB is consumed by iPhoto.

Winner is over here, just pick me:) Thank you:)

I think that I have a bunch of weird files I just randomly downloaded and threw somewhere….I hope this can let me hunt them down!

Useful+Good’Looking, could it get better than this??

good luck to the Developer team!

I would love to win a copy of Daisy Disk as it is clearly the best app out there for its purposes. I could use it because my hard drive is filling up rapidly with more and more pictures of my baby girl!

I’ve downloaded the trial version, and this is an excellent application. Alot of thought has gone into the interface. It is easy to use and fun. I’d love a free copy!

’d like to win a copy, because eye-tracking data is all over my hard disk.

I’ve used Report and although its great, I’ve had better luck with WheresTheFreeSpace. It is Modeled after a PC application that is very popular called Treesize (but its for Mac).

Its a great Mac app