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Disk Inventory X for Mac OS X

Written by Jayvee Fernandez

Disk Inventory X

Here’s an application pick recommended by Amber MacArthurDisk Inventory X presents a visual way of looking at the contents of your hard drive. The benefit of installing this free application is it divides your hard disk into colored cubes, showing you which types of applications take up the most space.

As I rarely look through my applications folder (I use keyboard shortcuts with Quicksilver), I forgot that World of Warcraft (grenish-blue rectangle on the upper right) was taking up almost 7GB of space – a game which I no longer have time to play on the road, and best reserved for my PC desktop. It also shows me that photos (huge blue block) are the real killer in disk space, and that I should get an external HD to store all of my DSLR photos. I also forgot about how Parallels and Windows XP (the purble block at the bottom) is taking up so much space as well. In theory I thought I’d find a use for it but the practice didn’t.

You can download Disk Inventory X. The best thing about it — it’s completely free!

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Jayvee Fernandez

Jayvee Fernandez is a tech enthusiast, EAN certified SCUBA Diver and underwater photographer based in Metro Manila, Philippines. His photos and videos have appeared in various international and local publications including Random House Germany, Discovery Channel Canada, and CNN.

3 Comments

  • Ahhh thanks for this! Now I can look at my HD’s visual contents and most often than not optimize my MB’s space. I download too much.

  • That reminds me of a built-in feature in Konqueror, the file manager/web browser (i.e., the IE) of KDE for Linux. I use that in the office to clean up directories that take up too much space. 🙂

  • I installed Disk inventory a while back – but probably really only used it 2-3 times. It’s great for spotting the huge folders with lots of small files.

    As far as large files go, I’ve found it more useful to create a smart folder that searches for files above a certain size (say 300mb) so I can yank out the huge monsters.

    Coverflow in Leopard’s finder makes it even easier.

    (have you tried iphoto diet?

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