An interesting thing happened on the way to gargantuan, amazingly cheap hard disk drives. We forgot how to prune our files.
Back in the day, disk drives didn’t have unlimited storage. We had to compress files, stuff files, decide which files to keep, which to discard. Those days went away with cheap, multi-terabyte disk drives. Until now.
From Giant Disks To Dinky Disks
Giant disk drives that held everything you could think of, made it easy to learn never to throw away a file. That meant clutter, but who cared? Disk drives were and are cheap, right?
Not so fast. Today’s MacBook Air models (and iPhone and iPads) come with solid state storage (SSDs).
Compared to a base MacBook or an iMac or a $79 one terabyte disk drive, the new Macs are in need of serious file pruning.
To do that kind of file management requires that you know what takes up all your Mac’s storage, and that requires a simple Mac app like Spacie.
What it does is very simple. Spacie scans your Mac’s folders and files and then displays them in a way you can understand. That makes it easy to find large files which take up space, and maybe should be moved elsewhere.
Take a look at what Spacie finds.
Your Mac’s hard disk drive and other devices are listed in the left column. Click on one to have Spacie scan it and list the files on your Mac.
The largest files and folders are at the top, in Column View, so you can drill down into the folders to see what’s clogging up your disk space.
Spacie works in the background and performs the scanning while you do something else. All the files are listed by size in their respective folders.
It will scan your Mac’s disk drive, attached disk drives, even a connected network disk drive, and, if you use File Vault, that, too.
What it doesn’t do is what it should do. Warn you when you’re about to delete a file the Mac needs to keep running. I’ve helped plenty of Mac users rebuild Mac OS X because they deleted something they didn’t think they needed when they really needed it.
Spacie isn’t free, but costs less than a visit to Starbucks, and might help you reclaim some of that MacBook Air’s precious solid state disk space. It’s a Mac App Store app, but the developer is smart enough to provide a trial version, Mac or Windows.