Show Free Space in Hard Drive Icon

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by tmoney468, Aug 23, 2007.

  1. tmoney468 macrumors 6502

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    Hi, this is a short and stupid question, but how do you enable the HD icon on the desktop to show both the free and total space of the drive? Right now all I have is the total size of the hard drive, but I swear before I had both the free space as well as the total space of the HD. Thanks!
     
  2. Jaffa Cake macrumors Core

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    In Finder, select View/View Options from your Menubar, and you'll see an option to 'Show item info'. Tick the tick box and you'll be able to see the information you desire.
     
  3. tmoney468 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    The "Show Item Info" is checked, yet all I see is the total space of the drive, not the free space. I tried toggling that option off and on again, but to no avail.
     
  4. dreamsINdigital macrumors 6502

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    I was just about to ask this question too. My free space seems to have disappeared, and only total space is shown now.
     
  5. n8mac macrumors 6502

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    Thats odd. I am using 10.4.10 and after I checked the option I see first the total space, then free space. Please describe 'before'.
     
  6. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Are you using administrator accounts? It doesn't work for some reason with non-admin accounts (longstanding issue).

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  7. thegrifman macrumors regular

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    On my non-admin account my Mac partition only shows total space but all of my removable drives show total space and amount free.
     
  8. emptyCup macrumors 65816

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    If you need to monitor several drives, or want something faster than doing a Get-Info on each drive, use iStat Pro. You can set it to monitor just what you want.
     
  9. Spoonmandk macrumors newbie

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    Only total space will be shown on read-only volumes like NTFS drives.
     
  10. mkrishnan Moderator emeritus

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    Look at the date on the thread.... :rolleyes:
     
  11. whynot83706 macrumors 6502

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    I just did a clean install and under my HDD I can see "219 GB...GB free" how can I get so I can see full text or just how much is free instead of capacity and then how much free space I have?
     

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  12. miker2209 macrumors regular

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    On desktop
    Secondary click > show view option > increase Grid spacing.
     
  13. Macman45 macrumors G5

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    Strange

    Mine works with everything thats attached...USB drives Sticks NAS the lot
     

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