Hard drive and space ...

igmolinav

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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,

igmolinav
 

Keebler

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igmolinav said:
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,

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

http://www.versiontracker.com/dyn/moreinfo/macosx/21149

what size...
 

disconap

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Oct 29, 2005
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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.
 

beatsme

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Oct 6, 2005
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igmolinav said:
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,

igmolinav
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
 

cube

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According to MicroMat, if an HFS+ volume is over 85% full and heavily fragmented, adding new data can cause irreparable damage.
 

~Shard~

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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:
 

Fedge

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Aug 9, 2006
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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.