Here is a perfect example. Apple puts flash storage in the Mac. That’s 10 to 20 times faster than hard disk drives, right? It’s also more expensive and comes with smaller storage options. That means we’ve gone backwards a few steps to 1999 where we have to worry about disk space. Let this app worry for you.
How Much Is FreeSpace?
Many years ago Mac users had to worry about a hard disk drive filling up with files, folders, and applications. We even had compression apps to help archive files to offload storage needs.
Then, over the years, hard disk drives expanded in size; 500GB, 1TB, now even 3TB. That meant we could keep everything and throw nothing away.
Large hard disk drives are great for inexpensive storage but not so great when it comes to speed and reliability.
Today’s Macs come with solid state drives (SSDs) which are small, faster, cool, use less power, and also cost most and have less storage capacity.
Three steps forward, one step back. Now we have to pay attention to file storage. So, let the free FreeSpace app do it instead. Install it on your Mac, set the highlight warning, forget about it.
FreeSpace displays the number of connected disks, including external USB and FireWire, and gives you one click options to eject each individually, or all at once.
If Menubar space is at a premium, FreeSpace can be set to display disk sizes in smaller or larger decimals, add or leave off the icon, and highlight itself when total unused storage space reaches a specific percentage.
Frankly, since Apple drags us into the future but often forges about the past, FreeSpace is something that should be included in OS X anyway. I’d like to see some options to open each disk, or click to navigate through the hierarchy of each disk, but free is good and FreeSpace works very well.