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DaisyDisk is a sensational visual application for those of us that like to keep track of what we are storing, how much we are storing, and where we are storing files on our machines.

This week, we are giving away 20 free copies of DaisyDisk worth $400 to some very lucky winners. In addition to the 20 copies, we also have a 25% discount code for those who are looking to purchase the app themselves. Both the giveaway and the discount code offer expires on Saturday so you can decide which route you wish to take.


I am really captivated by the simplicity of the program and the colorful display. Below is the only screen you will see when you boot up the program indicating what is available to be scanned.

Once you select a drive, the scan process takes about a minute depending on how many files you have in the drive.

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After DaisyDisk scans your drive, you get a colorful graphic that illustrates where your computer is storing files and what types of files are being stored.  In the example below, I can see that “User” (me) uses the most space.  If I shared the computer with a coworker or with my children or spouse, I could see which one of us used more space.

If I click on “User,” I can drill down to see how the space is being used. Space usage is symbolised by the area being taken up — the larger a section, the more space is occupied. Not surprisingly, music takes up most of the space.  If I want to return to the previous level, I can simply click on the center black circle to go back one layer at a time.

If I want to continue drilling down, I can see that all of my music is housed in the iTunes folder.

If I want to break down music according to artist or theme, I can drill down another level. Of course, this all depends on your iTunes organisational structure since DaisyDisk only takes the folder size into account.

You can keep drilling down until you have exhausted the search.  While it is great to know that these files exist, DaisyDisk also helps you clean them up.  Simply right click on an item and choose “Preview”  from the menu to first check what the file is.

Then return to DaisyDisk, select “Show in Finder” and it will take you right to where the file is stored. If you don’t need it, trash it.

DaisyDisk allows you to visualise what takes up the biggest amount of space, and helps guide you to delete large unwanted files.

How do I win a copy?

It’s simple. Just follow the steps.


STEP 1
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Share this post with your friends by clicking on the Share and/or retweet buttons on the left.

STEP 3
In the comments section below, fill in your name, email address, paste the link to your Facebook/Twitter profile in the URL field and tell us why you’d like to win.

Make sure to enter your real email address so that we can contact you if you win!


This DaisyDisk giveaway begins now and will end on Friday at 2100hrs PST. From tomorrow onwards, we will be announcing 4 random winners each day — so you’ll know if you managed to secure a copy! The last 4 winners will be announced on Saturday.

If you feel your luck running out, you can purchase DaisyDisk at a discounted rate. Use the promotional code “MAKEUSEOF” at DaisyDisk’s online store checkout and get 25% off the $20 retail price (or click on this link to have the entire process completed automatically). Code expires on the 17th of April.

MakeUseOf would like to thank Oleg from DaisyDisk for his generosity while participating in this giveaway. Interesting in sponsoring? We’d love to hear from you. Get in touch with us via email.

  1. poor fool
    June 16, 2010 at 2:54 am

    A free - a bit less fancy - alternative for this is "Disk Inventory X" http://www.derlien.com/

  2. poor fool
    June 16, 2010 at 12:54 am

    A free - a bit less fancy - alternative for this is "Disk Inventory X" http://www.derlien.com/

  3. Terin tom
    June 7, 2010 at 7:11 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?id=1127508034

    Because this is simply the best

  4. Daniel
    May 24, 2010 at 8:19 am

    goood

  5. Anonymous
    April 19, 2010 at 11:30 pm

    I have been having space problems for years until I found DaisyDisk! I have 245 of 250 GB filled and was able to free up 50 GB with the free trial! I really want the full version!

  6. Prakash Gandhi Natarajan
    April 19, 2010 at 9:25 pm

    I am running out of disc and Tryign to find out what occupied most.

  7. Anonymous
    April 18, 2010 at 2:11 am

    A few months ago I lost some pictures because I failed to back them up. I could use something like this!

  8. Maggie Reddy
    April 17, 2010 at 11:50 am

    A girl always needs more space....

    • Aibek
      April 17, 2010 at 12:17 pm

      :-)

  9. Salma
    April 16, 2010 at 11:42 pm

    my hard disk is cursed. two failures in under 12 months.

  10. james riggen
    April 16, 2010 at 9:18 pm

    I'm a new Mac user, and Daisy Disk would simplify my life! You guys rock!

  11. Linu Conil
    April 17, 2010 at 6:43 am

    I would like to win cause I love makeuseof.com - your utilities, links and cool stuff that makes my gadgety-geeky life cool and lots more easy!

  12. Linu Conil
    April 16, 2010 at 8:43 pm

    I would like to win cause I love makeuseof.com - your utilities, links and cool stuff that makes my gadgety-geeky life cool and lots more easy!

  13. Enzo
    April 17, 2010 at 4:07 am

    http://Twitter.com/enzofsilva

    way to go MakeUseOf: freebies motivate readers into spreading the word about your posts! ;)

  14. Enzo
    April 16, 2010 at 6:07 pm

    http://Twitter.com/enzofsilva

    way to go MakeUseOf: freebies motivate readers into spreading the word about your posts! ;)

  15. Gary Wertz
    April 16, 2010 at 5:58 pm

    loved using a similar tool on windows to keep track of growing bits

  16. Gary Wertz
    April 16, 2010 at 5:56 pm

    i am a developer and this would be a great tool to help keep track of documentation and projects

  17. Nolan Roberson
    April 16, 2010 at 4:34 pm

    Used a similar program on windows to track down a Zone Alarm log that grew to 40GB, would love to be able to do this on my mac.

  18. Trevor Hales
    April 16, 2010 at 4:20 pm

    the Mac software now comes of age with this essentail software

  19. Lisa Watson
    April 16, 2010 at 11:55 am

    My last comment had a funky URL. I thought I copied my profile one. Can you use this as my entry? See I told you my computer needs all the help it can get! I sure don't know what I'm doing! LOL

  20. Lisa Watson
    April 16, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I would love to win this because my computer needs all the help it can get! I'm low income, so I cannot always afford the things it needs to keep iut fast and clean. This would really help! Thank you for the opportunity to win!

  21. Chris Johnston
    April 16, 2010 at 11:15 am

    I would like to see visually what specific folders on my Mac are hogging all my hard drive space

  22. Michael Meador
    April 16, 2010 at 10:52 am

    Really cool Mac UI. I want this.

  23. DR Laferriere
    April 16, 2010 at 10:09 am

    Looks like a good way to 'see' what's on a disk.

  24. Tim Gossett
    April 16, 2010 at 10:04 am

    My laptop's always getting full, and I think having a graphical representation would be an interesting way to track what's taking up the space.

  25. Larrianne
    April 16, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I'm a newish convert to Apple and the Mac OS and I'm still learning. I'd love to win this product so I could better tell how I'm utilizing my Macbook's storage space and hopefully find some files that need to be trashed much more easily. Thanks for the giveaway and all the great articles.

  26. Steve Staley
    April 16, 2010 at 9:28 am

    I like to keep a close eye on my drive and it's contents. A program like this looks cutting edge. I would LOVE to give it a try!

  27. Joan Meador
    April 16, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Awesome website and info, Thanks!

  28. Takeshi Mochida
    April 16, 2010 at 9:19 am

    I would like this program because this will enable me to look at the HDD and detect any faults or unused space.

  29. Anita Perron
    April 16, 2010 at 9:14 am

    I love to collect recipes and psp files.. I would love the Daisy disk to be able to organize all my materials. I am trying to do this on my own, but have no one to mentor me in this. The Daisydisk would really help me do that.

  30. Kash Zaveri
    April 16, 2010 at 7:09 am

    I am desktop and network support engineer at a major company . . . . that got bought by another major company. The new company doesn't support Macs yet. So here I am on my new team, a single Mac IT guy to support thousands of Mac users that did make it past the acquisition and all my new Windows users. I'd love to add DaisyDisk to my arsenal of tools not only to show off how functional Macs are, but also to show how functional I am. Makeuseof please make use of me!

    Kash

  31. carl canfield
    April 16, 2010 at 4:17 pm
  32. carl canfield
    April 16, 2010 at 6:17 am
  33. Andrew Kerr
    April 16, 2010 at 5:42 am

    I used some free software that does this awhile back, but I don't remember where it's found...

  34. Nuno Cardoso
    April 16, 2010 at 5:22 am

    This sounds just the thing that i´m in need...

  35. Minx Faridani
    April 16, 2010 at 4:09 am

    I've got an enormous backlog of files on separate hard drives and would like to be able to utilise the space more effectively and daisy disk looks like just the program to help me with that! An avid mac lover, I think it would be a great asset to my filing and help make things clearer!

  36. Knox
    April 15, 2010 at 5:25 pm

    Great application to let me know more about my little poor iMac disk inside

  37. filerantings
    April 15, 2010 at 1:33 pm

    hope to be one the 20 winners!

  38. Amjad
    April 15, 2010 at 11:53 am

    I will be getting my new macbook pro soon (my first mac after converting to windows in 1997), so it will be a nice application to install on it

  39. Patti D
    April 15, 2010 at 10:59 am

    A friend recommended this and I REALLY want to try it...I need more space, as any woman always does;/

  40. david sellers
    April 15, 2010 at 7:36 am

    I'd love to win because I've used free versions of a similar program on my pcs for months now and I'm tired of paying for every pea-bit app for the mac.
    david

  41. thomas lenhardt
    April 15, 2010 at 6:16 am

    fingers crossed

  42. Jaume Bonet
    April 15, 2010 at 1:09 pm

    I used the tryal version some time ago and I love it (both the usability and the appearance), so I think it will be really cool to have a registered copy of my own...

  43. Osman Erkul
    April 14, 2010 at 11:28 pm

    good app to go

  44. Mark Shannon
    April 15, 2010 at 8:56 am

    http://www.facebook.com/home.p...

    I've got way too muh stuff in way too many places on my computer. This will help me find it all.

  45. Mark Shannon
    April 14, 2010 at 10:56 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php?#!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=28117882

    I've got way too muh stuff in way too many places on my computer. This will help me find it all.

  46. velomac
    April 14, 2010 at 10:00 pm

    I like the way that DaisyDisk displays disk space graphically. It will definitely help me manage mine.

  47. JonathanPDX
    April 15, 2010 at 7:22 am

    Wow!
    A cool tool for keeping track of the million+ files I've got!
    Now if I only had a Mac!

  48. Jonathan McRobert
    April 14, 2010 at 9:22 pm

    Wow!
    A cool tool for keeping track of the million+ files I've got!
    Now if I only had a Mac!

  49. david mendez
    April 14, 2010 at 7:21 pm

    I am a filmmaker and this would be a great way for me to manage all my media drives!

  50. izieh
    April 14, 2010 at 5:37 pm

    I would love to be able to see how to do all that stuff.

    • izieh
      April 14, 2010 at 5:51 pm

      Nm, I can't use it

  51. Phillip Johns
    April 14, 2010 at 5:31 pm

    Would really help where I keep losing my GB!

  52. cerebrix
    April 15, 2010 at 2:29 am

    This app rocks

  53. Corey Faibish
    April 14, 2010 at 3:42 pm

    This seems like a necessary tool for me. My macbook keeps overlflowing in unused data clogging up its space, really need to wither it down.

  54. Pam Holten
    April 14, 2010 at 3:26 pm

    Would love an app to track disk usage

  55. Robert Peterson
    April 14, 2010 at 12:28 pm

    Looks like a great app for tracking disk usage.

  56. kadaniels
    April 14, 2010 at 10:17 am

    Cool product! I train teachers on technology tools and just created a "Tips/Tricks" workshop for managing files for Mac OS X - this seems like the perfect tool to showcase!

  57. Tricia Drury
    April 14, 2010 at 10:10 am

    keep the mac stuff coming!

  58. leesui
    April 14, 2010 at 9:21 am

    Really smart idea to get HDD info. Could better know my files size

  59. kw
    April 14, 2010 at 9:01 am

    how could one manage the disk w/o such easy-to-read application? ;)

  60. barstep
    April 14, 2010 at 8:59 am

    I'd love this app because it makes pretty patterns out of the chaos that is my hard drive - and offers hope of turning chaos into order

  61. Vanessa S
    April 14, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I tweeted this review/giveaway: http://twitter.com/LocaConPist...

    Not sure if this links to my facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/home.p...

    I want to win because there are files and such all over the place and I'd love to have a clear visual of everything on the Mac and clean it out

  62. Vanessa S
    April 14, 2010 at 8:20 am

    I tweeted this review/giveaway: http://twitter.com/LocaConPistolas/status/12171406223

    Not sure if this links to my facebook:

    http://www.facebook.com/home.php#!/profile.php?ref=profile&id=100000041313552

    I want to win because there are files and such all over the place and I'd love to have a clear visual of everything on the Mac and clean it out

  63. Betsy Gates-Ehlers
    April 14, 2010 at 6:57 am

    Looks really helpful!

  64. Pedro Remedios
    April 14, 2010 at 6:13 am

    because I do extensive document editing, application programming and video editing. As such I'm constantly deleting and creating files.

  65. John Carlisle
    April 14, 2010 at 4:09 pm

    Cool looking program.

    http://www.facebook.com/?ref=l...

  66. John Carlisle
    April 14, 2010 at 6:09 am
  67. Luis Enrique
    April 14, 2010 at 5:20 am

    The trial was awesome, helped me clear out nearly 35% of my HDD of useless junk.
    Need the full version for sure.
    Love it.

  68. Tero Perttula
    April 13, 2010 at 10:54 pm

    Great UI. I want it.

  69. Mackey
    April 13, 2010 at 10:09 pm

    Great tool of Mac, hope I win

  70. Patty Kemp
    April 13, 2010 at 8:18 pm

    This DaisyDisk would be so cool and I think Macs are the coolest things out there and also because I have 3 teenagers and I would just like ONE cool thing to go SO right for me, right now, just to have it happen! They're good kids but they still drive me nuts and then there's the fat beagle dog too, who thinks he's human.

  71. Jose L. Navarro
    April 13, 2010 at 2:41 pm

    It will help me keep my mac spick and span

  72. Nuno Cardoso
    April 13, 2010 at 10:32 am

    Seems a great tool. It would come in hand...

  73. JIN Yi
    April 13, 2010 at 10:13 am

    哈哈 Can I have one?

  74. mark rayborn
    April 13, 2010 at 9:55 am

    need this!

  75. Jerry Griffis
    April 13, 2010 at 7:49 am

    I NEED this program to find out why folders on my home server are getting larger and larger an dto find out what the heck is really going on in there.

  76. Cathryn Polmann
    April 13, 2010 at 7:47 am

    Great diagnostic tool.

  77. Matt Corley
    April 13, 2010 at 7:08 am

    This is the first time I've actually used my real name, and used a social network. For the last 15 years I was always anonymous, and never used MySpace or FaceBook. I'm very anti-social. DaisyDisk is worth the effort for even a socially inept loner such as myself:)

  78. Varun Pramanik
    April 13, 2010 at 7:04 am

    I would like to win a copy of DaisyDisk in the giveaway for the following reasons:
    1. I am a college student and I need to save a lot of notes and make quite a few presentations. This, coupled with audio and video recordings of my classes eats up my disk space quite easily. I would like to know where the heavyweight junk files are lurking on my Mac so I can delete them.
    2. I love taking pictures, so my hard drive tends to fill up a lot every time I transfer pictures to my computer. Again, I would like to know where most of my space is being used to I can deal with it effectively.

  79. Mark
    April 13, 2010 at 6:46 am

    My thousands and thousands of files all look the same to my "auto backup" software. This would be a great advantage to me.

  80. Stephen Wilson
    April 13, 2010 at 6:14 am

    Thank you for the chance to win, once you go Mac, you never go back! ;)

  81. John Boyle
    April 13, 2010 at 6:11 am

    I have an older macbook pro and a few external drives. It would be nice to visually track the disk usage of all those drives

  82. Jeri Steele
    April 13, 2010 at 6:06 am

    This is a Way cool utility. I'm buying!

  83. Kaiquan
    April 13, 2010 at 6:06 am

    sorry, my bad… Filelight.

  84. Kaiquan
    April 13, 2010 at 5:58 am

    search for Firelight… it basically gives the same info.. just less pretty packaging

  85. Jeri Steele
    April 13, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Looks like a great tool. I always like the visual tools.

  86. Toni Sala
    April 13, 2010 at 2:16 am

    I tried a demo version of this software some time ago. It is very very useful. Now I need to "clean" a little bit my disk so... ;)

  87. Cristoffer Crusell
    April 12, 2010 at 10:35 pm

    I would really like to have this software, It looks very promising.

    Thanks...

  88. Kevin Ross
    April 13, 2010 at 6:11 am
  89. Kevin Ross
    April 12, 2010 at 8:10 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/makeuseof#!/profile.php?id=590175750

    Would love a copy. Am a PC user converting to MAC and have been very much used to a similar program for the PC.

    Thanks...

  90. Alex
    April 12, 2010 at 7:24 pm

    Would really love to have this in order to see where all my space has been going. It'll also help to properly organize and clean up my digital life!

    Crossing fingers!!!

  91. Boyce Peele
    April 12, 2010 at 7:14 pm

    A tool to help your keep your Mac running smoothly.

  92. Joe Johaneman
    April 13, 2010 at 4:44 am

    I need this tool. I've been using Mozy for backup. It has been about 3 weeks, and it is still not done uploading. Probably because there are a lot of files I can get rid of, but don't know about. It still has 100 gigs to go!

    http://www.facebook.com/dogboi

    http://twitter.com/dogboi

  93. Joe Johaneman
    April 12, 2010 at 6:44 pm

    I need this tool. I've been using Mozy for backup. It has been about 3 weeks, and it is still not done uploading. Probably because there are a lot of files I can get rid of, but don't know about. It still has 100 gigs to go!

    http://www.facebook.com/dogboi

    http://twitter.com/dogboi

  94. Kenneth Flores
    April 12, 2010 at 6:20 pm

    I would like to win this software because it's very simple.

  95. Glenn Laursen
    April 12, 2010 at 4:44 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/glenn.laursen

    You guys are awesome with the (legal) free software! :D

  96. Geoff Heys
    April 12, 2010 at 4:38 pm

    This would be great to win.

  97. Vincent
    April 12, 2010 at 4:17 pm

    I organize photos a lot so this would be useful for showing where they stack.

  98. Carlos Liu
    April 12, 2010 at 3:45 pm

    Hoho, another awesome giveaway

  99. Aaron Ponniah
    April 12, 2010 at 2:01 pm

    I have a small Harddrive so I really need space! I cant seem to find a way to find the files that take up space! Plz help me! This seems like a really useful tool!

  100. Jay Boyd
    April 12, 2010 at 1:46 pm

    http://www.facebook.com/boogadeeboyd?ref=profile

    OOOOP's forgot my FB profile link sorry guys, but still, Love Your Work!!!!!!!

  101. Cam
    April 12, 2010 at 1:45 pm

    My hard drive is a complete mess, I need to do some serious clean up, this looks like a fantastic tool to use.

  102. Jay Boyd
    April 12, 2010 at 1:44 pm

    Make Use of, always with the best hook ups.

  103. AJ Charpentier
    April 12, 2010 at 11:43 pm

    http://facebook.com/meisaj

    This would be ever so useful

  104. Joseph
    April 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm

    This article reminded me that my MacBook Pro was low on disk space (25GB free on a 160GB drive). So I ran it and it showed me that my Trash was taking up a lot of space.I also found a few big files and emptied out my Downloads folder. I managed to free up 50GB between the Trash (66k items in less than a year!) and other files! No joke. (I got this in a MacHeist nanoBundle if my memory serves me.)

  105. Dave
    April 12, 2010 at 11:11 pm

    This awesome app would be so useful at seeing where the largest chunks of your disk space are being hogged

  106. jay
    April 12, 2010 at 12:37 pm

    Its a useful app for checking my disk space & reviewing usage so i can manage my data more efficiently.

  107. Roger Sullivan
    April 12, 2010 at 12:20 pm

    it would be a great app to keep my computer fit and trim

  108. Emile Boustani
    April 12, 2010 at 11:52 am

    Disks are filling up faster than technological advances.

  109. Tanner Lubuk
    April 12, 2010 at 11:31 am

    for the price of the this app you get your moneys worth big time, personally i think this shows your drive in a way more easier/eye popping graft that other apps like this do.

    that and it's a contest, free apps are always nice to get!

  110. Tom Mills
    April 12, 2010 at 11:11 am

    why? why you ask? I am a information horder an ideawriter a menu builder, picture taker music lover, Reader and some say a novelist of uncanny ability. My hard drive is like a 10 oz glass of water with 11oz's of sludge and to win would send me into a dancing fit of glee my life would be complete I could see again just what slows me down. I could go back to eating cheese puffs naked on a bean bag chair watching late night evangelists trying to save my soul. Oh the wonders and the joy of winning such a perfect program would finally give me the chance to be a contender a carpenter a race car driver or even a bartender.
    Oh Please please please.

    Hey Thanks love to win.

  111. Bob James
    April 12, 2010 at 10:45 am

    I love free stuff

  112. Florian Grimps
    April 12, 2010 at 10:20 am

    disk full to brim
    daisydisks leaps in
    the sun revails

    http://www.facebook.com/profile.php?ref=profile&id=100000767607004

  113. Dawn
    April 12, 2010 at 10:06 am

    I just recently made the switch from PC to Mac and this would be an incredibly helpful tool that I just wouldn't be able to afford otherwise.

    Thanks in advance! dawn

  114. mark
    April 12, 2010 at 9:58 am

    I have so much disk space bad used on my disk that I need a tool like this

    I know it is very difficult to win but without this chance it is impossible :D

  115. Emily Stemmerich
    April 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm
  116. Emily Stemmerich
    April 12, 2010 at 7:52 pm
  117. Nancy Luckhurst
    April 12, 2010 at 9:49 am

    I am forever downloading files and then "losing" them on my Mac; sometimes I find files or apps I have downloaded that I no longer even recognize what they are.

    I would love to use a program such as this that can not only help me find them easily, but help me decide what to keep and what to trash- I need all the help I can get!

  118. Paul
    April 12, 2010 at 9:38 am

    Recently did a reformat/rebuild of system. So much time was spent sifting through files, eliminating storage hogs, redundancies, before I could even start to perform the backup. Looks like this could have helped immensely.

  119. Jesse Willoughby
    April 12, 2010 at 9:29 am

    Anything that makes my mac experience better - I need it and want it. Besides you guys always recommend great stuff, I trust your advice.

  120. Anmol
    April 12, 2010 at 9:23 am

    Wonderful Utility..

  121. Teresa
    April 12, 2010 at 9:15 am

    Here's a similar freebie I've been using for years, for those that don't win a 'Daisy'.

  122. Reuben Urias
    April 12, 2010 at 9:03 am

    This will come in handy when I lost track of what I'm installing, haha! Thanks!

  123. JIN Yi
    April 12, 2010 at 8:17 am

    Me too... Running out of disk space so quick....

  124. Cristian
    April 12, 2010 at 7:52 am

    This would be a great app to have :)

  125. Vi3tI3abe
    April 12, 2010 at 5:51 pm

    I'm a highly organized person and would love this app for my Mac to be even more oranized & efficient. Thanks!

  126. Daleus
    April 12, 2010 at 7:47 am

    I just recently became a Mac user. The campus where I work is seeing an increasing influx of Macs and we have broadened our service to support them as well as PCs.

    As a result, I'm always on the hunt for new and/or interesting Mac apps, both to help me with my learning curve on the Mac as for suggestions of good software to pass on to the end users I support.

    Cheers! and thanks.

  127. Drew
    April 12, 2010 at 7:44 am

    This is a really awesome tool.

  128. Fletcher Christian
    April 12, 2010 at 7:41 am

    DISK. sorry. feeling very ashamed :D.

  129. Sean Dotson
    April 12, 2010 at 7:40 am

    I used to use a similar tool when I was on windows. This would be great to have on the Mac

  130. Fletcher Christian
    April 12, 2010 at 5:39 pm

    http://twitter.com/Fletcher_Ch...

    …because I am running out of disc space and I don't know why!

  131. Fletcher Christian
    April 12, 2010 at 7:39 am

    http://twitter.com/Fletcher_Chris

    …because I am running out of disc space and I don't know why!

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