Where Has all my Space Gone?

By Richard Mallion

I’m a big fan of SSD’s. Apple are slowly but surely moving their entire product line to them. When used they really give your Mac a boost in performance. The one downside is their size, traditionally they are a lot smaller in capacity than their mechanical counter parts.

These days I tend to spend a lot of time pruning files, application etc of my drive to free space up which is now at a premium.

It can be quite hard to track down where you disc space has been used. Apart from the obvious places like directories such as documents, movies, pictures and applications it can be quite difficult to track these files down.

This is where Grand Perspective comes in handy. GrandPerspective is a free utility for Mac OS X that graphically shows the disk usage within your hard drive. It can help you to manage your disk, as you can easily spot which files and folders take up the most space. It uses a tree map for visualisation. Each file is shown as a rectangle with an area proportional to the file’s size.

If you want to give it a go you can download it here.

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