Mac users from as far back as I can remember, and that mental effort dates back to well into the last century, have had an up and down experience with storage space, either hard disk drive or faster and smaller SSDs.
Early Macs did not have a hard disk drive. It was floppy only back in the day. When HDDs became plentiful they were pitifully small and horribly expensive. My first Mac PowerBook had a measly 40MB. That’s MB as in Megabytes, not GB as in Gigabytes. We suffered through the era where storage was expensive and files had to be managed, curated, archived, to the era where storage was cheap and we could save everything. Now we’re swinging back the other direction and need tools to help us manage free space.
Freespace Not Free
Today’s disk drives are enormous and inexpensive. And slow; relatively speaking. Today’s solid state drives are smaller but incredibly fast. Most Macs sold come with SSDs these days but users must be aware of the physical storage shortcomings because popping in more storage is not child’s play with today’s Mac notebooks.
Enter Freespace, the not-quite-free Mac utility which monitors the free space on your Mac. That’s it. And Freespace does it as simply as possible at the lowest price possible one notch above free.
Freespace displays the amount of free space which remains on your Mac’s SSD or HDD in the Menubar so it’s always visible. If free space is decreasing, as when you’re saving files or copying files to your Mac, the icon turns red.
Likewise, when you’re deleting files to free up more space, the icon turns green briefly to signify that more space is available, but the number or amount of storage is always visible.
And, well, that’s it. What else do you need to know?
Mac users can choose from dozens of apps which help to manage files, find duplicate files, or scan and rid your Mac of unnecessary files, but Freespace does only what it does. Show you how much free space remains.
Is that worthwhile?
Amazingly, such knowledge can be beneficial when you have a Mac with 128GB or 256GB of SSD storage, and you have managed to chew up all but a few gigabytes of that storage by saving everything, every file, every photo, without regard to storage because that’s what you did on your last Mac which had an enormous HDD.
Freespace isn’t bad for a couple of bucks.