How to Increase Your Mac's Hard Drive Space

by Xugro Xiphius

Your Mac contains quite a few files and folders that you'll never use - they're sitting there and taking up valuable hard drive space. You could be using that space for music, videos, and movies. If you have a portable computer, its hard drive space is already limited. Fortunately, it's not too difficult to free up some much-needed space on your Mac's hard drive.

Give Me Some Space!

Copy important documents to an external drive or other backup source before deleting anything. This will ensure you can always restore deleted files if necessary.

Finder Search for Large Files

Run a search for files larger than 100 MB (megabytes) in Finder by pressing Command-F and setting your parameters to match the image below. It's safe to delete large media files, but don't delete anything you're not sure about, especially files in the Library.

Location of Printers Folder

Open the Printers folder in the Library (Hard Drive>Library>Printers) and delete the folders for printers you don't use. These files can total around 4 gigabytes of wasted space. As before, only delete what you're sure you won't use.

Consolidate media libraries (photos, music, videos) onto an external drive to save even more space.

Showing Duplicates in iTunes

Manage duplicate songs in iTunes by selecting "Show Duplicates" from the File menu. Erase duplicate files.

Ensure your Trash is empty. Open the Trash icon in the Dock, then press "Empty" to fully delete files and save space.


  • close Think twice before deleting files you're not sure whether you need. Make sure you have backups just in case.

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About the Author

Xugro Xiphius is a freelance writer who earned his doctorate from an Ivy League University. He received his B.A. from a liberal arts college. He enjoys learning languages, reading literature, and video games in his spare time. His most recent interest is zombie movies. His book will be published in December of 2009, and his work has also appeared in peer-edited print and online journals.

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