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How to see amount of space available on HD?

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Kirsten Ruhl
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How to see amount of space available on HD?

Post by Kirsten Ruhl » Wed Jul 04, 2018 9:26 am

I have an old note from one of Jerry's beginners' classes.

It is regarding remaining space on the hard drive.

My note says that "the bottom line of a window shows remaining space available on HD."
I am sure I tested this at the time and found it to be true.
However, when I now want the information I see no such thing in bottom line of any window.

Where should I look?

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Re: How to see amount of space available on HD?

Post by Stephen Hart » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:10 am

With a Finder window open and in front,

Select View > Show Status Bar
You can also see the folder path with View > Show Path Bar

It's confusing. There are three separate places you can set preferences for the Finder.
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Re: How to see amount of space available on HD?

Post by Kirsten Ruhl » Wed Jul 04, 2018 10:39 am

Thank you, Stephen :)

for prompt and clear answer.
Very easy.

Kirsten

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Re: How to see amount of space available on HD?

Post by Richard Serkes » Thu Jul 05, 2018 5:42 am

In the upper left-hand corner of your display click the little black apple icon. Then select ABOUT THIS MAC, then select STORAGE. You'll see a graphic display of all your storage devices with your internal HD on the top. It'll tell you how much space you have and how much is still available.
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Re: How to see amount of space available on HD?

Post by Stephen Hart » Thu Jul 05, 2018 7:26 am

And if you want to analyze disk usage in more detail, for example to find large files, here are some choices:

The Finder
http://osxdaily.com/2012/04/17/find-lar ... -x-search/

Daisy Disk
https://daisydiskapp.com

Disk Inventory
https://lifehacker.com/5915508/the-best ... r-for-os-x

Grand Perspective
http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net

However, I think users need to be very, very careful about products that claim to help you regain disk space by "cleaning up." I've tried a few and, in my experience, every one flags necessary files for deletion. You have to know what's safe to delete and what isn't.

A better approach is to add disk space, either internally (easy for some Macs) or externally. If you do that, make sure your backup plan includes any added disks. Or, if you have archived files that you're almost positive you won't need except once in a blue moon, you could put those on an archive drive, then duplicate that and put the two away somewhere.
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Re: How to see amount of space available on HD?

Post by Ray Bentsen » Thu Jul 05, 2018 10:31 pm

Another easy way is to go the Apple Menu, select About This Mac, and then click on the Storage tab (first screenshot).
To get detailed info and suggestions for saving storage space, click on the Manage button (second screenshot).
From there you can click on Documents to see what files are taking up lots of space, then right click on them to delete them. (third screenshot)
This works in MacOS 10.13 anyway.
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Re: How to see amount of space available on HD?

Post by Stephen Hart » Fri Jul 06, 2018 8:19 am

A veritable lesson in disk usage!
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Re: How to see amount of space available on HD?

Post by Kirsten Ruhl » Sun Jul 08, 2018 1:48 pm

Good heavens! I just realized that there was more input on this thread.
(I had been sure it was quite complete already!)

This is like having a whole troupe of helpful, kind and knowledgeable people pitching in.

Thank you so much, Richard, Ray and Stephen.

I appreciate the help you give. :)

Kirsten

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