Take stock on spacemijlee (501 pencils) | Thu, 2006-08-17 06:16
Ever wondered where all of that space has gone on your hard disk? Need to save valuable Mb? Disk Inventory X to the rescue!
I had a new MacBook with standard design software installed (no video apps apart from iLife). I had partitioned 20Gb to install Boot Camp and Windows XP which left me 40Gb to play with. Now seeing as I had made do with a Ti PowerBook 400 before that with a measly 10Gb of space I was surprised to see that after only a couple of weeks I now only had 14Gb of space left.
I found this little App on a posting on Digg and thought I'd have a look to see where all the space was going and it actually get's pretty interesting. For a start the large red area, bottom centre of the screen, is something called sleepimg which comes in at a whopping 2Gb. I'm not sure but I guess it must have something to do with virtual memory.
Also something which isn't new to me but still amazing to see is the impact having iLife apps installed has on your machine. The are top left surrounded b y grey is all of the supporting files for Garageband (my iTunes are on a external HD). And the grey area below are the supporting files for iDVD.
You could spend hours looking through what is taking up all of that space and if you are tight on space this could really help out. Knowing that the printer drivers are taking up 1.5Gb of HD space when you only ever use your printer at home for example could help. I love this app and fully recommend you check out where all of your space has gone.
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