That shoot-now-and-ask-questions-later approach also means a new purchase means an adjustment in my routine. It was that way with the early line of MacBook Air models which didn’t have– and don’t have even today– very much storage space. Here’s how to know what’s being stored and where.
Inner Space Aliens
It’s sort of funny how trends go. Back in the day, hard disk drives were expensive and had very limited storage, so Mac users had to be careful about storing files.
Things change and so did storage prices and capacity. Today’s hard disk drives come with enormous storage capacity, they’re cheap, so we got into the habit of storing everything.
Things change and so did the type of storage. Macs and PCs moved from large capacity (and cheap) hard disk drives to lower capacity (and more expensive) solid state drives (SSDs).
Now we’re back to worrying about storage space and files.
Enter Space Gremlin, an inexpensive Mac utility which displays all the files on your Mac user a graphic portrayal that’s both intimidating and useful.
Take a look.
Space Gremlin is a odd duck utility which gives you a few options to find files on your Mac that you may not need, clean up files to recover wasted space, and perform a few options that the Finder just doesn’t do.
The ‘tree look’ image in Space Gremlin makes it easy to zoom in and out of folders, while giving you an idea of how large each folder is relative to the rest of your storage. You can also toggle to view or hide files and folders, even open files in the Finder, compress files, and delete file you don’t need.
Space Gremlin is smart enough to view and scan Bootcamp partitions (with Windows or Linux installed), attached network drives, and external storage. What you get for your few dollars is the ability to reclaim lost storage, and with today’s SSDs, that’s a good thing.