What is taking up space on my Hard Drive?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by brianmonty, May 4, 2008.

  1. macrumors newbie

    Mar 26, 2008
    I am running low on Hard Drive space so I purchased an external hard drive, thinking I would move my large iPhoto library to that freeing up space.

    I moved my iPhoto library but it was not as big as I thought and I still have a significant amount of used space on my Hard Drive.

    My question is, how do I find out what folders, applications or other is taking up this space so I can consider moving that to my external drive as well?

    I have clicked around for a while in the finder, but I can't seem to find a concise list of the folder sizes.

    P.S. I found the recommendation of emptying the trash and internet cache to free up HD space, which I have done, but I wanted to get the external hard drive as a more permanent solution.
  2. macrumors 65816

    Jiddick ExRex

    May 14, 2006
    Roskilde, DK
    ctrl click --> show info?

    You can also mark the file and press cmd + i.

    An app called WhatSize easily measures your HD for you. Try google it.
  3. macrumors 6502

    Mar 11, 2008
    If you go into Finder and click on your shortname (the one with the house), you can find what size your movies, music, etc. are. For me, music and movies take up the most space.
  4. macrumors 6502

    Feb 21, 2008

    you might want to check out the free Disk Inventory X. It shows you what takes up hard disk space on your Mac in a graphical way.

    Hope this is helpful.
  5. macrumors 6502a

    Aug 16, 2006
  6. macrumors Nehalem


    Feb 19, 2005
    That and getting rid of the language and printer packages will free up a good chunk of space.
  7. macrumors newbie

    Dec 29, 2011
    iPhoto has its own trash can!

    Something that helped me out a lot was finding that iPhoto has its OWN TRASH CAN. Deleting that cleared A LOT of space for me.
  8. macrumors 6502

    Feb 18, 2010
    you can always use disk utilit or daisy disk. something for me was that when I was running Lion time machine was backing itself up on my internal hard drive if I didn't have my external hard drive plugged in when it decided to back up

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