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How do I check my Home Folder size and clear up space on my computer?

NOTE: The average NSD Home Folder size is under 65GB on a district issued Apple computer.  You can check the size of your Home Folder by opening Self Service (in the Applications folder) and running the Home Folder Size policy. Instructions for using Self Service are in kb article # 555.

If your Home Folder is more than 65GB on a district issued Apple laptop or desktop, you must make some space on your computer. Here’s how:

 1.  Identify which folders are using the most file space

Find the Folders that are really large and start cleaning up those folders first. Good candidates for clean up include the Desktop, Documents, Downloads, Movies, Music, and Pictures folders.

  • Delete files/folders that you no longer need by dragging them to the trash can in the dock, and emptying the trash can.  (control + click on trash can > select Empty Trash Can)
  • Copy files and folders that you wish to save, but don’t need immediate access to, into the Documents folder within your staff folder on the district server. When you log in to a computer with your district username and password, your staff folder displays automatically on the Desktop as a drive icon with your district username underneath it.

To identify folder size you will need to use the "Get Info" option.

Double-click on the Macintosh HD on your desktop > Users > yourusername  > 

  1. Highlight the folder you wish to “Get Info” for.
  2. Hold down the command key and then click on the i key. A "Get Info" window will open. 
  3. You will find the folder size in the upper right corner.

         

 

Remember that the district backup system does not back up Downloads, Movies, Music, or Pictures. 

 

2.  The Downloads Folder.

Locate the Downloads folder. This folder tends to get very large very quickly.  File the downloaded files that you need to keep and drag all other files to the trash can on your dock.

        

Empty the trash can. (Control + click >  Empty Trash)   

  

 

 


3.  The Documents Folder 

Locate the Documents folder and archive (copy) files that you want to save.

Drag files to your server folder or drag them to an external portable drive.  Dragging files from your documents folder to an external drive or your share point (your staff folder) on the server creates a copy of the file. The original will not be deleted automatically.

         

Delete the original files from the documents folder by dragging them to the trash can.

Empty the trash can.  (Control + click >  Empty Trash)

 

 4.  iPhoto  

Open iPhoto. Select the photo(s) in iPhoto you are ready to archive and then export them (File > Export in the iPhoto menubar). Save the files to the desired folder on an External Hard Drive or drag them to your share point (your staff folder) on the server.

Delete the selected photos from iPhoto.

Empty the trash can in the iPhoto application.

        

(OR) You can move your entire iPhoto Library to a portable drive or your sharepoint on the server, and then drag the iPhoto library from your pictures folder to the trash can.

Empty the trash can. (Control + click >  Empty Trash) 

         

5.  iMovie   

To move or remove iMovie items, you will need to open iMovie and then use the share option to save completed projects as files, and then move them to an external drive or your sharepoint on the server.

Find the iMovie folder. By default, your iMovie folder is in your Movies folder:  Open a finder window and navigate to the Movies folder in your user space (HD>Users>YourDistrictUsername>Movies).

From this folder navigate to the iMovie Events Folder. Archive all events by dragging folders to your external drive or sharepoint on the server.

This does not delete the events folder, it makes a copy in the new location. You will need to drag the events from the iMovie Events Folder to the trash can to remove them from the computer. 

       

Next, navigate to the iMovie Projects Folder.

You should have already finalized these projects and shared them to your external drive or sharepoint on the server.
Drag the folders to the trash can.

 

           

 

Locate any files that have the extension .dvdproject files and drag to the trash can.

Empty the trash can. (Control + click >  Empty Trash)

         

 

6.  iTunes   

Locate the iTunes Media folder

By default, your iTunes Media folder is in your Music folder:

Mac: Finder > username > Music

          

Drag the iTunes folder from its location to an external drive or your sharepoint on the server.

Drag the iTunes folder to the trashcan.

Empty trashcan. (Control + click >  Empty Trash)

 

 

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