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How do you find out the percentage of space that is used and available on the computer hard drive?

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  • John Appleseed Aug 26, 2010

    What version of Mac OS are you using? (Example: 10.4 "Tiger"; 10.5 "Leopard"; 10.6 "Snow Leopard")

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    It is a Mac os 10.5.8

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Single click on the hard drive then go to the file menu and select get info and this will tell you what your capacity is, how much is available and how much is used. Hope this helps.

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    This solution will give you the information you require under tiger, leopard and I think snow leopard

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There are several ways to display the hard drive usage on a Mac, as listed above. However, if you wish to see this information at a glance, follow the steps below to enable this feature:
1. From the desktop, make sure all finder windows and applications are closed. 2. Click on "View". 3. Click on "Show View Options". 4. A new window will open, check the box titled "Show Item Info". 5. Close
You should now be able to see the total amount of hard drive space and the amount that is free for all the disk drives connected to your computer. Furthermore, other files, such as pictures for example, will indicate relevant information such as resolution size.
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Go to your 'My Computer' system folder and right click on your local disk drive, then click on properties.

Therefore you would be able to see a complete overview of the used/unused hard disk space.

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