No matter how organized a person you are (I like to believe that I’m an organization nazi and don’t sleep well if my stuff isn’t arranged as its supposed to be), your stuff tends to get misplaced and clogged up. It happens with your files too. Most of us don’t even realize what is taking up all of that hard disk space because we feel there is nothing on our hard disk.
Once you make up your mind and sit down to actually clean your computer and delete stuff that is not needed, you realize what a tedious and boring task it is. It can take hours, and you may end up freeing a significantly small amount of space even after a lot of work.
The problem here is the way that we look at things. If you are a Mac user, then quickly finding which folders are clogging up most of your space isn’t an easy task. You have to select each folder individually, and then press Cmd + I or right click and select ‘Get Info’. This trivial activity itself is very tiring and irritating, if you have to do it repeatedly.
DiskWave is a freeware utility for Mac OS X that lets you browse your files and clean them up and organize them (and of course remove the ones you don’t need) by presenting them to you in way that is convenient for such activities. Here’s how it does it –
This sample screenshot shows you how you can browse into any number of directories and subdirectories easily with DiskWave, while retaining the tree structure (as a horizontal scroll bar) which is similar to the column view in Finder, with a significant difference – the size of each file or directory is displayed to its left, is neatly aligned with all other sizes and names, and is color coded so you can easily tell from the color if its a directory or a file.
A few directories are listed already on the left side pane, but you can easily add your own directories there for quick reference.
DiskWave does not provide a lot of customizability, which is a weak point. You can configure the unit of size (GBs, MBs, KBs) or choose the sorting criteria (Name or Size). You may also choose to display invisible files (the ones that start with a . which are usually system files such as .DS_Store), but this is where the preferences end. I expected a lot more options, but I guess these were the important ones.