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WhatSize - A tool to help manage free disk space
Authored by: Frederico on Nov 18, '03 09:47:29PM

I haven't tried the latest version, but one I tried a few weeks ago had some pretty wild, impossible results indicating that I was consuming more space than I had on a number of volumes, to the tune of a few to several GB. This, after taking an *insane* amount of time to catalog eight volumes across 300GB (as compared to similar tools).

If I actually navigated into some of these allegedly massive directories, I found that they often contained little, if anything at all. Upon opening these directories, and clicking 'Remeasure' the numbers then might, or might not, self-correct. It seemed to have something to do with locked files part of the time.

It was far too tedious getting this app to "tell the truth", and the problem was repeatable on multiple machines; the developer never responded to feedback, so it hit the trash. I guess I should remember how much people depend on Version Tracker for this kind of feedback.

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WhatSize - A tool to help manage free disk space
Authored by: Frederico on Nov 18, '03 10:04:01PM


I just tried the newest version, and it claims I'm using over 149GB on a 40GB volume. Cool trick. Wish it were true.

For a second I thought it had really lost its mind when it showed my 100MB iDisk using 3.2GB, but realized it was actually measuring the Sym-Linked Apple directories (Software, Extras, etc.). I wonder if that added to the length of time it took to diagnose my computer (it's still churning away while I write this).

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