WhatSize no longer works - alternatives?

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  1. ero87 macrumors 65816

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    Hi friends,

    I used to frequently use the free app WhatSize to check out what was hogging space on my HD. Now it seems to not open in Snow Leopard. Anyone know of any free alternatives for getting a quick idea of what's taking up HD space?

    Thanks :)
     
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  4. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Disk Inventory X. It's all you'll ever need.


    Grandperspective has got nothing on Disk Inventory.
     
  5. dirt farmer macrumors 6502

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    Omnidisksweeper is very similar to WhatSize, yet it's free. I love it.
     
  6. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    That's also a good one. It's somewhere between Grandperspective and DIX.
     
  7. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    ...except active development, a release version within the past four years, and an active bug tracking/reporting system :rolleyes:
     
  8. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Who cares, if it's not very useful? DIX got it right the first time, IMO. You seriously like looking at graphics and clicking on each one to see what's in it and what the size is? I thought it was painful to use.
     
  9. Eidorian macrumors Penryn

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    I know the program is ancient as well. It still works and they got it right the first time.

    I've tried other similar applications but I never liked them as much as Disk Inventory X
     
  10. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    Regardless, your statement that GP has "nothing" on DIX is as facetious as my response. Yeah?
     
  11. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    Did I type that? :)
     
  12. miles01110 macrumors Core

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    err... vice versa. :facepalm:
     
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    Thanks for a good laugh today. :D Sorry if I was too harsh about GP.
     
  14. Hydramus macrumors member

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    If you don't mind terminal, you can use the du command.

    Go to the volume or folder you want to check such as:

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    cd /Volumes/Macintosh_HD
    then run:

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    du -d1 | sort -nr
    -d[number] sets the max depth to display and the sort -n just sorts it by size. you could add a -h flag to the du to get it in MB/GB etc but that requires more work to sort by size :/. There are loads of options you can use with du, these are just the ones I usually use. Check the man page for more.
     
  15. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    Why I rate GrandPerspective ahead of others is that in an instant you know where the big files are. Sometimes graphics help. ::)

    That's why I also would suggest checking out DaisyDisk. I wouldn't pay $20 for it, but it came free with a MacHeist/Deal/Giveaway last year. Maybe it will show up again.

    mt
     
  16. -aggie- macrumors P6

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    But OmniDiskSweeper has graphics along with the ability to easily look at what the files in folders are.
     
  17. aymericb macrumors newbie

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    WhichSize

    WhichSize is another alternative. It's a freeware I wrote because I was getting tired of WhatSize.

    It is still in the early stages of development, so it is far from being complete... but I will try to publish another update soon. Shout out what features you need the most.

    http://whichsize.barthe.ph/
     
  18. maflynn Moderator

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    Go with Omnidisk sweeper. Its a no frills, super easy, fast (and free) utility that does just what the OP wants.
     
  19. mysterytramp macrumors 65816

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    Nice start. I'd like to see folder sizes. Sortable columns? Show/hide hidden files?

    mt
     
  20. aymericb macrumors newbie

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    Whichsize rename

    The author of WhatSize is a bit pissed off I used a name so similar to his software...

    Any suggestion of a new name for WhichSize?
     

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