Jan 052009

Grand perspective of my hard drive

In the continued battle against the hard disk limit, I found another useful tool. Grand Perspective gives you nice pretty drawings of your filesystem. If you don’t have it, you should download it now.

It is a fantastic way to find large files you might not know about. For many many months, I’d been holding onto an archive of my computer from when I did an archive & install for Leopard. It was 20g! Deleting that giant chunk of files was like drinking sweet nectar straight from wild flowers. My computer stopped overheating, I haven’t seen a kernal panic since, AND it runs faster.

The X Lab has been pretty helpful with some basic tips on freeing up hard disk space. They recommend that you have at least 5 gigs free on your mac. I am constantly pushing that limit. I regularly see the “Your hard disk is almost full” message, and I am no stranger to the eclipse “error saving message” due to lack of space left on my device.

I’ve taken more steps to permanently solve this problem by buying a Drobo. More on that later.

  5 Responses to “Bigtime hearts to Grand perspective”

  1. I hope that with your Drobo you wont get so many crashes!

  2. I love this kinds of software. In a few minutes it can visualize my entire harddrive and tell me how to get rid of those 8gigs worth of files hidden in several layers of subfolders. Thanks!

  3. @Dennis me too! I’m really excited about the thing
    @Ed I’m happy to share. I’m constantly battling against my hard disk limit and I hope to help others who have the same problems.

  4. Thanks so much Karen! This helped me as well!

  5. This is super cool! Thanks for sharing. I found some old stuff on my computer that I never use anymore.

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