disk space?

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

  1. macrumors newbie

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    #1
    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

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    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

    OR

    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.
     
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    robbieduncan

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    #3
    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).

    Example:
    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.
     
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    Solafaa

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    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.
     

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    abhishekit

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    #5
    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. :)

    cheers
     
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    Applespider

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    Ahbishekit - that's a very cool tip. Gosh, you learn something new and useful every day!
     
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    James Craner

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    Excellent tip, thanks very much. I can know track down my hard disk space hogs with ease.
     

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