How to view file sizes?

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Wingnut330, Apr 1, 2008.

  1. Wingnut330 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 16, 2008
    Central Ohio - USA
    Hey folks,

    I recently purchased a MBP with a ginormis 200GB hard drive. I thought to myself, that's HUGE, I'll never fill that! Well guess's over half full and I have no idea why. I put on my pictures and music but didn't realize it would take so much space.

    Is there a way to view my files by size in a list? Maybe sort from largest to smallest somehow?
  2. richard.mac macrumors 603


    Feb 2, 2007
    51.50024, -0.12662
    a 200GB hard drive is actually ~185GB when formatted and a Leopard install is ~11GB plus theres also iLife which comes on new Macs which is ~4GB. so this leaves around 170GB free on your new MacBook Pro.

    how much music and photos do you have? highlight the music and pictures folders in your home folder and press "option-command-I" (this is a an inspector window for multiple files/folders, "command-I" is for single files/folders").
  3. j.bond312 macrumors newbie

    Jan 30, 2008
    Firstly, id seriously invest in an external drive, i went out and got a 500gb Iomega Drive for £99 and its great and now ive got tons of space for all the things i want to keep on the mac itself, whereas my itunes library and movies etc are all stored on the external drive.

    If you want to show files within a folder by file size then firstly open up finder and in an empty white space, hit the right click button and select 'Show View Options', then within the pop up window that appears make sure that 'Size' and 'Calculate All Sizes' is ticked, now you will receive the size of all the folders and all of the files within the folders.

    If you want to sort the files by size then simply select the 'Size' tab when you have a finder window open.

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