Where did all my disk space go?


I recently bumped up the disk storage on my MacBook. The 120GB stock drive could not handle all of the things I wanted to do on the machine. Between my photo collection, videos for editing and all the software I’ve been trying out, I needed more space. So I got as much disk as would fit (at the time) into my MacBook: a 320GB drive from Western Digital. Formatted it dropped down to just under 300GB but that was plenty of space for what I needed.

I became very cavalier about my disk usage since I had so much and just 6 weeks into my Mac experience I was burning up over 240GB of disk space! Okay, a lot of that was video but there’s a lot of other things in there too.
Paul, a commenter on one of my blog posts recommended that I try out Disk Inventory X, a tool for determining where all the space went. Disk Inventory X builds a graphical tree of where your disk space is being used and gives you some basic management capabilities while in there – which is deleting files for the most part.
It takes a little while to load – at least against the 240GB of files I had – because it rips through your entire hard drive looking for every file. Took about 2 minutes to display the main window, though it’s plenty quick after that. There’s a MacBreak Minute video the author hosts that walks you through the application – it’s a link on his home page.
If you are low of disk space or are just wondering where all that free space went, check it out.