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Working on a MacBook Pro is a real joy. It’s a beautiful and amazing machine, and I don’t know how I ever got along without it. But I’m painfully aware of the pitfalls associated with working on a laptop – especially limited disk space. So when […]

grandperspectivelogo.jpg Working on a MacBook Pro is a real joy. It’s a beautiful and amazing machine, and I don’t know how I ever got along without it. But I’m painfully aware of the pitfalls associated with working on a laptop – especially limited disk space. So when I let unneeded files or apps slip through without being deleted or uninstalled, it becomes obvious rather quickly. If my space drops significantly, I’m manually sifting through my files and folders to find the culprit.

But in this month’s Macworld I was thrilled to read about GrandPerspective, a handy little (free) utility that shows your disk space usage graphically. You can set it to scan a particular folder or your entire disk, find the space eaters, and reveal them in Finder for removal. After running it once I was able to reclaim a couple gigs.

It’s a great little utility, a must have for your laptop. Did I mention it’s free?

By Matt Radel

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  1. So what is eating your disk space? I have a MacBook with a 160 Gig HD and I’ve only used 40 Gig. Get it off your machine into an archive or an external. If you don’t access it at least once a month remove the file/app whatever. OSX thrives on ram and Disk space

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  2. eee… and what the helle are all those colours mean? :)

    for some oldschool text information lovers – grab this: http://www.id-design.com/software/whatsize/ – also free, does the job quite well, i liked it a lot. drop an eye and find your lost gigabytes :)

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  3. @ Nerg:

    I’ve got the 120 gig HD in mine. Space goes quickly when you put CS3, Parallels and Boot Camp partition on it (to name a few). I’m using about half my space right now, but I’m always trying to keep my disk as free as possible.

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  4. Comeon. Not all of us are on beautiful MBPs. Im going to go cry now.

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  5. yes; like the caveman in geico ads, I say: “what?”. I’ve got glaucona & need to blowup text to see.
    when doing so the text goes out of column under the side ads.
    do you think to use “bigger text” in browsers to dee if this happens? NO, you do not.
    plse correct this.
    thx- grampaBigAL…

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  6. http://www.id-design.com/software/whatsize/

    A whole lot more elegant and far easier on the eyes

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  7. OmniDiskSweeper does a similar job. I’ve found that Final Cut Studio and its associated resources are the most disk-hungry on my MBP.

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  8. Gag! I hate these images that resemble the interior of a beehive on LSD. They tell me absolutely nuthin’.

    As two other posters noted, “whatsize” is a more realistic alternative.

    Of course, YMMV.

    -Tod

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  9. Over the years I have also used and recommend both:
    OmniDiskSweeper (free, or $15 to activate delete button), http://www.omnigroup.com/applications/omnidisksweeper/
    and:
    WhatSize (free), http://www.id-design.com/software/whatsize/index.php .
    .
    Both provide a list of files and folders and their sizes, in Mac column-style view to allow you to drill-down and see what’s what.

    To me, far more useful than the eye-disorienting (IMO) GrandPerspective app.

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  10. I use Disk Inventory X, also free and visually stunning. Check it.

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