Once upon a time, a Mac’s hard disk drive would run out of space. When it did, all kinds of wonky things would happen.
A Mac would slow down, sometimes crash, apps would take forever to open, saved items wouldn’t get saved. Those were the days. Today, we have monstrous sized hard disk drives and they’re dirt cheap. Why does a Mac user need a disk space alarm?
It Doesn’t Happen Anymore
Honestly, I don’t remember the last time my Mac’s hard disk drive ran out of space. Even our oldest Mac has 320 gigabytes of storage. That’s the one the kids use.
Other Macs have 500 gigabytes or one terabyte of storage.
That leaves each Mac with a couple of hundred gigabytes of unused storage. So, back to the original question: Why does a Mac user need a disk space alarm?
I’m thinking that maybe some older Macs have smaller disk drives while the user has added tens of gigabytes of photos, music, movies, and all those files that we once threw away, but now we never do.
Of course, when your Mac’s hard disk drive gets full of files, your Mac is kind enough to tell you. That makes it easy to drop what you’re doing (trying to save or copy a file), run down to the nearest tech store, purchase a larger hard disk drive, come back home, and clone your Mac to it so you can use the larger space.
Or, you could cough up a few bucks for Disk Alarm. What does Disk Alarm do? It tells you when your Mac’s hard disk drive reaches a critical limit. And you get to decide the limit.
Disk Alarm is simple to use. Set it to play a sound when the alarm goes off. Have it display in the Mac’s Menubar. Have it check the size every so many minutes, hours, days, weeks.
Set the critical free space threshold so the alarm goes off when free space on your Mac disk drive goes below a certain amount.
That’s about it. That’s all Disk Alarm does, so there’s not much to configure and nothing to keep track of until you get an alarm.
Until the alarm goes off you can assume all is well. Of course, assume makes an ass of you and me, so a little precaution is worthwhile.
You can check Disk Alarm with a click to the Menubar. The green status bar shows how much of your Mac’s disk drive is used, and how much space remains. The Click Now button updates the stats.
Frankly, I like the peace of mind that comes with knowing I’ll get an alarm notice somewhere around the time when my Mac’s disk drive has only 100 gigabytes. Then I can change it to 50 gigabytes while I figure out what to do—delete some files, get my husband to buy me a larger hard disk drive, get him to buy me a new Mac with a much larger hard disk drive.
You see what that’s going, right? I think of Disk Alarm as cheap insurance, and an even less expensive digital incentive to set up the correct scenario for a new Mac.
Honey, that alarm for my Mac’s hard disk drive went off again. It says I’m running out of disk space. It’s time to upgrade to a newer Mac, right?
You can thank me later. Sure, I could manually check my Mac’s disk space every week. But this seems so much more accurate, and comes with greater promise, don’t you think?