If you’re seeking even more
room on your hard drive, these
useful applications perform more
specific, surgical cleaning tasks.
So we’ve looked at the basics when it comes to freeing up
drive space, but if that didn’t do the job, several Mac apps
will help you to detect and remove space-wasters (see
sidebar on p56). These tools range from system scans that
will pick out very large files and list them in order of size to
very specific apps that target common drive space thieves
(like app-related files that linger after you’ve deleted an app)
and bring them to justice via the Trash can. Then there’s the
third kind of tool—one that’s part software, part service.
Rather than removing large files completely, these offerings
provide a way for you to move them to a secure storage
space on the web. We’ll show you the four most effective
ways to use these apps.
2. automaticall Y locate large FileS
Rather than searching within the Finder, you can find all large files on
your system by deploying a number of applications that offer a simple
interface and display everything in a more intuitive manner. Some allow
users to choose between a list view or a chart display in order to quickly
find out what files take up the most room on their drive and then opt
to delete them. Certain apps like WhatSizeMac (see sidebar, p56) also
include a set of system-cleaning tools that will help save space on your
Mac and locate duplicates. If that doesn’t grab you, search the Mac App
Store or web for other options: we’re fond of Space Gremlin, for instance.
1. Stick to Your Native toNgue
By default, Mac OS X includes a selection of localization files
as part of its initial install, but you’re unlikely to need them
unless you loan your computer to your Italian cousin or want
to brush up on your French. These files take up lots of space,
so it’s worth ridding your system of them. You can, of course,
reinstall these files from your Mac OS X install disc should your
cousin come to town. While you can attempt this job manually,
Monolingual (see sidebar, p56) is an ideal free tool that hunts
down localization files on your system and allows you to pick
which to trash. It also provides a list of input options and
keyboard layout files that you might not use either, such as
Korean or Chinese.
click the remove button and wait for
monolingual to delete all the files you
selected (this could take a little while).
once done, the app will tell you how
much space you saved.