Most Mac users know and understand folders. It’s where we– and Mac OS X– keep files. The folders we pay attention to the most include Documents (a convenient folder to store personal files), Music, Pictures, and Movies. For each user there’s also a Downloads folder, and the Mac’s Desktop actually is a folder, too.
The Mac itself keeps system files in various folders, and, as it should be, not easily accessible. What if you want to see where all your Mac’s folders are, and how many files and folders are in each one, and how much disk space they take up?
The Finder can help but it’s something of a manual process to use the Finder to dig through your files. If you have a little money to burn, and you’re curious about which files and folders are sucking up all the storage on your Mac, try Folder Size Catalog.
As this cleverly designed utility’s name implies, it scans the folders on your Mac and displays them– catalog style– so you can see what’s what. Large folders, sub-folders, and folder sizes.
Depending upon the number of folders and files on your Mac, Folder Size Catalog can take a few minutes to scan every file. One option lets you speed up the scanning process by skipping over smaller sized photos. If you want to search through specific folders– such as the user Home directory– Folder Size Catalog can do that, too.
In the end, what you get is a different look at the folders and files on your Mac than is common with other scanning utilities. Folder Size Catalog will display necessary details, including date of scan, the scan’s path, total number of folders indexed, and then a list of the folders, including file size and path, plus an option to view the folder with a click.
This method is far faster than using the Mac’s Finder, and the output is an HTML5 mobile friendly catalog file which can be saved and shared with others. The price is about average for a folder scanner.