Identify Files and Folders that Take Up Most Space


More recently, the 20GB seemed enough for the common Mac OS X® user. Today, half of that space would be divided between Mac OS X® and a regular set of apps: Microsoft® Office®, iWork®, iLife®, games d graphics and audio tools. And don’t forget the volume taken by iTunes® and iPhoto® library. This article can be useful for Mac OS X® users. Not to mention the fact that portable devices owners that often face with limited space issue can also benefit from space-organizing tips.

All modern Macs have a minimum of 250GB hard drives (excepting the ultra-thin MacBook Air®), and even this space is easy to fill up quickly. Keeping in order the Hard Drive space can have more benefits than simply de-cluttering and reclaiming space for new files. The various system processes of Mac OS X® need a certain amount of free disk space to function at their best, and an overfilled hard drive can actually slow down your Mac®. Your startup drive should always have at least 10 GB or 10% of your OSX® drive free.

Let’s Find the Disk Space Eaters!

User’s Files

First of all look at the staff that you’ve put on the Mac® yourself. This category commonly includes music, photos and videos you’ve downloaded or captured. Do not forget about various types of other documents that you’ve created or added, and applications that you’ve installed. Looking through your home folder, you can probably get a sense of which documents you need or want to keep, which you no longer need at all, and which you need to keep but don’t open regularly. Also, you can look through your Mac’s Applications folder and decide whether you need each of the applications in there.

System and Application Files

Scrubbing disk space used by various system and application is a riskful idea, particularly if you’re not very familiar with the staff that runs Mac OS X®. We only mention categories to look for files that take up a lot of space and probably can be safe to remove.

  • Unused Applications
  • Preference Panes
  • Screensavers, and Widgets
  • Preferences and application support files Left by Deleted Applications
  • Mail Attachments
  • Downloaded Items Excess Developer Tools
  • Old iOS App and Podcast Files
  • Unneeded iOS® Update Files
  • iOS Backups
  • System and Application Cache Folders

Certainly, disk space inventory is rather tedious and monotonous work, especially if you do it regularly. You can do this manually by opening each folder and checking the size of the documents within it. Unfortunately, this process can take quite a lot of time. If you don’t want to spend a day or more looking through all your documents, you can use special tools helping you identify files that are taking up large amounts of disk space, so as Disk Inspector can do this.

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This approach allows you to overview the entire hard drive, pointing out which folders and files are consuming the most space. Also it let you get details by drilling down through large folders and then through subfolders. Disk Inspector is particularly good at helping you to visualize the space used on internal and external Mac® hard drives.

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