App to Tell Me What's Taking Up Space on Hard Drive?

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  1. mcmike100 macrumors member

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    Does anyone know of a program that will tell me how much hard drive space is being taken up by various things?

    Recently, I lost three gigs of space for no apparent reason. I suspect it has to do with the cache produced by Lightroom and some other things.

    I'd like to find out for sure where that free space went, though.

    Any ideas?

    Thanks
     
  2. Lacero macrumors 604

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    Finder can do it. :p

    Select View > as List, and Command+J (Show View Options). Select the last button labeled, Calculate All Sizes. Finder will then list all the space taken up by the various apps, files and folders.
    Here's to the Crazy Ones [​IMG]
     
  3. lalcan macrumors regular

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    Try Whatsize it's great and freeware, you can find it in versiontracker...
     
  4. iMeowbot macrumors G3

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    Disk inventory X. It really gives you a great idea of what's taking up real space.
     
  5. thefunkymunky macrumors 65816

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    OmniDiskSweeper thingy from OmniGroup will do the trick.
     
  6. bousozoku Moderator emeritus

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    I was just using WhatSize. It works quite well and being free makes it even better.
     
  7. Palad1 macrumors 6502a

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    Fire up Terminal

    Code:
    sudo 'du / -m | sort -n -r> filesize;  open filesize'
    and you'll get a nice list of files and directories sorted by size (descending).
     
  8. mcmike100 thread starter macrumors member

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  9. ChrisA macrumors G4

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    try "du"


    "find" works well for your task. Use the find command from the terminal.
    see "man find" for details.

    You can ask "find" for example to print the names of all files larger than a given size. "find / -size +100000000c -print" would print out the files larger than 1000000000 bytes long
    Check the find man page for details it can also find files based on other criteria like date of modifation or a pattern in the filename

    Of courrse you can hunt around with finder too and click "get info" and it willtell you how big thing are too.
     

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