Sweep your Mac clean
Mac Tip #364, 12 November 2008
When I did a sweep of my MacBook Pro recently I recovered 10 gigabytes of space lost to some unexpected hidden files.
Because the files were hidden — their names began with a dot — of course I had no idea they were there. I was just mystified that free space on my hard drive seemed to have disappeared.
How I found the wasteful filesI downloaded a small piece of software called OmniDiskSweeper and set it to run. OmniDiskSweeper is free, but
I quickly saw that Users > Miraz claimed around 60 Gb of space. Then I clicked on Music > iTunes > Podcasts.I saw that the Rocketboom podcast was using around 840Mb of space — odd since I’d deleted all the episodes I’d watched and there were none waiting for me.
Then I spotted it: the
.indelible-info folder that contained a bunch of items inside a folder called deleted. I could see podcast episodes dating back many months, all of which I thought I’d removed from my computer.
When I first examined my hard drive a few weeks ago I found a lot of these
.indelible-info folders. By removing most of them I reclaimed nearly 10% of the space.
Try a sweep of your Mac and see what it turns up.