The Practical Mac

Disk Expert Helps You Find and Delete or Archive Your Biggest Files

- 2012.02.02 - Tip Jar

Rating: 3.5 out of 5 rating

Nektony's Disk Expert is a nifty utility that lets you find the biggest files and folders on your Mac. It scans your hard drive volumes and visually displays disk space usage. It also makes a list of the 25 largest files.

The app enables you to analyze and manage a scanned volume's content by moving items from the disk to a special list from which they can be easily transferred to another drive or even deleted.

Disk Expert's visual presentation of your file system is stunning
Disk Expert's visual presentation of your file system is stunning.

Disk Expert's visual presentation of your file system is stunning. No perusing of file properties or directory entries is necessary. One glance at the graphic depiction of your drive and the space hogs are immediately obvious.

Disk Expert supports hard drive volumes, CD and DVD discs, removable USB drives, mounted disk images (.dmg), and SMB disk images. You can even select an individual folder to scan.

In my testing, Disk Expert performed scans with remarkable speed. A 750 GB hard with approximately 400 GB of content scanned in just a few minutes.

Disk Expert requires Mac OS X 10.6 or later, is available only thru the Mac App Store, and costs $14.99.

GrandPersective provides some of the same functionality as Disk Expert
GrandPersective provides some of the same functionality as Disk Expert.

If $14.99 is too much cash to part with, GrandPerspective (3.5/5 LEMs) is a free alternative that gives much of the same basic functionality as Disk Expert, albeit with a somewhat more confusing interface. LEM

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Steve Watkins is the Vice President for Information Technology for a mid-sized bank, an attorney, and an Army Reserve JAG on extended active duty. He has been a Mac user for about 12 years. He has owned some PCs along the way - but always came back to the Mac. If you find his articles helpful, please consider making a donation to his tip jar.

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