An Easy Way to Regain Hard Drive Space Using Your Search Bar

An Easy Way to Regain Hard Drive Space Using Your Search Bar

Gregory Han
May 17, 2012

Migrating to a solid state drive has been one of those tech life changing moments, night and day better in almost every regard. But because my primary drive on has 128 GB capacity, it means I have to keep a sharp eye on how much space is being taken up by files coming in and out. Although there are plenty of software solutions for hunting out and deleting excess files bloat, there's an even easier way to regain drive space simply using your OS search...

Lifehacker's Whitson Gordon points out OS X and Windows users have the ability to find and remove the fat from their drives simply by utilizing some parameters in your computer's search field.

Windows Users: "open up Explorer and type >500MB into the search bar. You can tweak this to be anything you want, but I thought 500MB was a good starting size. Press Enter and it'll show you the biggest files first."

OS X Users: "open up Finder and go to New > Smart Folder. Click the plus sign on the right side of the toolbar. Click the "Kind" dropdown and go to Other > File Size. Then, enter your file size in the box, choose "Greater Than" from the dropdown menu, and you should see all the big files on your computer. Click Save to save your smart folder in the Finder's sidebar for quick access later."

Easy, right? As a Mac user, I find some of the easiest to find duplicates to delete are in your iTunes music folder. Also removing video files you've already watched and realize will never watch again make for obvious removal. Other easily forgotten files are ones attached to applications and games you've long deleted, so do a view in your Downloads and Preferences folders by file size and make sure you're not harboring unnecessary files just taking up space.

Via Lifehacker

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