Find the files that take up the most space on your Mac without any third-party applications

Alegraos, amantes del almacenamiento: el Mac mini con 2 TB de disco ha vuelto

This is a problem that has been present for years, and we could even say that it has resurfaced now that the most modern Macs sacrifice space to get more performance from SSDs: their space is practically full and we can’t find the files that cause it .

Find the files that take up the most space on your Mac without any third-party applications
Find the files that take up the most space on your Mac without any third-party applications

There are thousands of third-party applications for this, but I have always been one of those who advocate simplification above all. Before installing a maintenance application… why not see if we can find what collapses our disk with some OS X features ?

The operating system of Apple computers does not have a tool exclusively dedicated to that, but we can help us with the Finder. We open it, we access our user root directory (the one with our name) and we open the button to classify content that you can see in the image above.

OS X is able to report space-consuming folders with a simple Finder option

If you click on size, all the folders in your home directory (which is where we normally keep all our personal files and therefore where we should look) will be organized in sections covering size ranges . Bingo, we have already located the folders that are taking up most of our disk space. We enter them, repeat the process if there are any subfolders, and end up finding the culprits.

Some suspects we should consider before looking: the iPhoto library, virtual machines in case we emulate some operating system or iTunes libraries. They take up a lot of space is not a problem, but we should think about external hard drives as soon as the Mac’s internal drive is completely full.

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