Using I checked the "info" about my Macintosh HD. Sure enough, it was nearly completely full.
First, I deleted the GarageBand application and associated files. I had never uninstalled it although I meant to. I don't use it, nor can I imagine ever using it.
I also deleted the Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/Garageband directory as well as the Macintosh HD/Users/Shared/GarageBand Demo Songs folder.
Using "du" in a Terminal window, I found that my iTunes and Pictures folder were (as I figured) quite large. Using a program called WhatSize, I dug around and basically confirmed that my photos, though taking up a lot of space, were not the big user. iTunes was.
And given that there are convenient ways to move my music to another drive, that is what I decided to do. First, I tried to follow the instructions for How To: Back up your music using iTunes 7. I could not use iTunes back-up facility though because I did not want to burn my music to CDRs and my PowerBook does not have a DVD burner! No worries. I back up my system regularly (as I mentioned in my discussion of System Back-ups. I have 2 copies of my music library already. I followed most of the instructions in How To: keep your iTunes library on an external hard drive. Make sure you read "The Gotchas." Really, the only downsize is that if I forget to fire up the external drive, iTunes eventually complains.
All told, I cleared up 25G.
|Macworld, regarding saving space on the MacBook Air, has an article applicable to saving space on any Mac, called Fitting your files on a MacBook Air.|
Speaking of storage, what do you think of Jungle Disk?
|My friend, fellow Mac-user, and long-time colleague David Strom, sent the following:|
I recently did a lot of research for an article that is going to appear (hopefully) in the NYTimes this mo. on online backup.Thanks, David!