disk space?

Discussion in 'General Mac Discussion' started by nature girl, Feb 5, 2005.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Sep 12, 2004
    This may be a dumb question, but i can't seem to figure this out. How do you check how much disk space you have on your computer? I just want to know how much space i've used up already on my PB. Thanks
  2. Moderator emeritus

    Jul 4, 2004
    Open a window in Finder – any window that has files & folders in it.
    At the bottom of the frame will be something like: xx item, xxgb available


    Open a window in Finder – any window that has files & folders in it.
    In the Sidebar, select your hard-drive, press the keys Apple-I.
    You will see the capacity, used and available numbers there.
  3. Moderator emeritus


    Jul 24, 2002
    For the more hardcore use the Terminal! The command df shows disk free space. The -k switch will show the amounts in k (instead of human unfriendly blocks). OSX also supports the -h switch instead of -k which shows space in clever human friendly units (i.e. uses M for megabyte, G for gigabyte and so on as appropriate).

    du -h
    Filesystem Size Used Avail Capacity Mounted on
    /dev/disk0s9 75G 68G 5.8G 92% /
    devfs 94K 94K 0B 100% /dev
    fdesc 1.0K 1.0K 0B 100% /dev
    <volfs> 512K 512K 0B 100% /.vol
    automount -nsl [431] 0B 0B 0B 100% /Network
    automount -fstab [434] 0B 0B 0B 100% /automount/Servers
    automount -static [434] 0B 0B 0B 100% /automount/static

    Shows that I currently have 5.8 gigabytes on my disk.
  4. macrumors 6502a


    Jul 15, 2004
    Daddy said not to talk to strangers
    Well what i do is simpler, click on hard drive do apple key and "i" or right click it and click "get info". You should get something like the pic below. Its best to keep track, for example i know generally how much stuff i have but doing "get info" on my Apps folder, Documents extra.

    Attached Files:

  5. macrumors 65816


    Nov 6, 2003
    akron , ohio
    Just to add a nifty little trick to the method above, if you press option+cmd+i, and then just click on different folders one by one , it would keep showing you info of every folder. So you dont have to do cmd+i for every folder. :)

  6. macrumors G4


    Jan 20, 2004
    looking through rose-tinted spectacles...
    Ahbishekit - that's a very cool tip. Gosh, you learn something new and useful every day!
  7. macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    Excellent tip, thanks very much. I can know track down my hard disk space hogs with ease.

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