Hard drive and space ...

Discussion in 'Mac Pro' started by igmolinav, Aug 31, 2006.

  1. igmolinav macrumors 65816

    Aug 15, 2005
    My ibook tells me how much space left I have in the hard drive, for example I have now approximately 3 GB of space left....

    however, I would like to see, what is taking so much space in the hard drive in order to remove it. The problem seems to be, that every time I click on, say, pictures, or movies, it only tells me how much space left is in the wholle computer is left (3GB).

    Is there a way to see separately per category how many GB I do have??

    Thank you,

  2. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    Woah, free up some space pronto! You can use apps like OmniDiskSweeper to find where it's all being used. Aim for about 8GB of free space, at least. :)
  3. Keebler macrumors 68030

    Jun 20, 2005
    i've never used omni, but i'm sure it's great. this is fantastic as well:


    what size...
  4. disconap macrumors 68000


    Oct 29, 2005
    Portland, OR
    I usually just go through my folders. Get Info on a folder will tell you the size of it; the largest one has the most stuff, so start going through that one and thinning it out (do the same thing with the folders inside it). I just dumped about 30gigs of bittorrent files and avis that I forgot were on my drive, it felt good.
  5. beatsme macrumors 65816


    Oct 6, 2005
    just a thought out of left field...

    OSX runs a kind of "system cleaner" wherein it goes through all the files and throws away swap files, temp files, etc...little things it used temporarily but doesn't need anymore. However, the cleaner is scheduled to run at around 3:00am (I think...it's overnight at any rate), so if you're iBook is shut down during that time, it won't run.

    what you might try is this:
    open the terminal
    type sudo periodic daily
    it will ask you for your admin password, go ahead and type that in and hit enter

    if you do this, it will run the daily system cleaner.

    you should probably also run these:
    sudo periodic weekly
    sudo periodic monthly

    after it's all finished, re-start the machine.

    having said all that, I think it's highly unlikely that you have invisible files taking up that much space. But I've had some pretty hefty invisible files pop up on my machine, esp. when working with Photoshop. It's worth a shot, IMHO
  6. cube macrumors G5

    May 10, 2004
    According to MicroMat, if an HFS+ volume is over 85% full and heavily fragmented, adding new data can cause irreparable damage.
  7. ~Shard~ macrumors P6


    Jun 4, 2003
    Can't believe no one has mentioned it yet. WhatSize is by far the best app to accomplish want you want to do.

    Edit: Apparently I can't read - I see now that Keebler recommended it as well. ;) Good choice, fellow Canuck! :cool:
  8. prodigiousfool macrumors newbie

    Aug 9, 2006
    Another Great one

    Another great one that i use for windows that i just saw has a release for mac is JDiskReport (http://www.jgoodies.com/downloads/index.html) It's 100% free which is always a good thing as well. Hope that helps you out!

  9. Fedge macrumors regular


    Aug 9, 2006
    Actually, even better than Jdisk and whatsize is Disk Inventory X.

    It shows your files as rectangles, and larger files are relatively larger on screen. It's SO easy to find big files and big folders that are potentially taking up unnessesary amounts of space. Check it out.

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