If you are experiencing symptoms of or related to extremely slow applications, perpetual spinning beach balls, issues burning CDs, problems installing software, and random freezing, you're most likely dealing with a case of low storage space.
Head to your hard drive and check your storage capacity. If you're inching toward a full disk, it's time to take out the trash.
Doing so isn't always a simple task, though. Identifying exactly what's taking up space can be annoying and time-consuming, possibly ending with you in an upset fit, hands thrown in the air, and hollering "I should've purchased the bigger hard drive!"
Worry no more, because below is a free Mac OS X program, Disk Inventory X, to help you analyze and evaluate your disk space, and determine exactly what should be deleted. Follow the instructions to get started.
Disk Inventory X
This free program scans your hard drive and creates a graphical and textual summary of your disk space use, organizing your data by location and file type.
- Download and install Disk Inventory X. Launch the app, and select the drive you want to evaluate, and allow 5-10 minutes for the app to scan your drive.
- To evaluate a folder (instead of an entire drive), choose "Select Folder" in the start screen.
- When the scan is complete, you'll be presented with the summary screen. The left sidebar organizes files and folders sorted by file size. If you click on a folder or file, the corresponding color block will be highlighted below.
- Alternatively, click the large blocks of color to find out which files are taking the most space.
- On the right, you can identify the storage hogs by file type, sorted by size.
- Once you identify the data hog, right-click the file or folder and send it to the trash. If it's a large application you'd like to uninstall, follow these steps.