I’m a little disappointed with CreativeBe, who apparently became Incredible Bee and stopped providing the world with Sponge, the winner of this week’s Magnetic Oreo Award. The good news is that the award can still go to CNET, for their website versiontracker.com which essentially has preserved an app that Mac didn’t see fit to put in their newfangled app store. But still this little application can save you a ton of space on you hard drive, as well as making it impossibly easy to delete files that are critical to your OS functioning properly. Win-win.
Here’s the skinny on Sponge:
Sponge is an app that scans your hard drive and tells you what is taking up the most space, helping you find space wasters and reclaim your hard drive. It does this in three ways: Listing applications by size, scanning volumes for data hogs and pulling up duplicate files.
This is the feature I have used the least, but I’ve still used it. At the very least it shows you which applications are not actually getting used that much. It made me ask the eternal question: “What happens if I delete the Chess game that came pre-installed on my Mac?” And I found out. Civil war in Libya.
Sweep Data Hogs
When I said that this was the greatest app, what I meant was that this was a pretty good application with one great feature. And this is it: Sweep Data Hogs. By selecting one of the volumes on your computer, Sponge instantly starts calculating which ones take up the most space and ranks them in order of size. Obviously, if you’re like me and you have a lot of movies and music on your computer, these are going to be the data hogs. Sponge lets you track every folder in the entire hard drive, helping you find duplicates, undeleted podcasts and other non-essential space killers and put them to rest forever.
I found the movie Troy on my hard drive in an obscure section of my iTunes music folder as well as nearly 20GB of podcasts I thought I’d deleted. That freed up an incredible amount of space my drive.
BE CAREFUL THOUGH! Sponge lets you delete any file, big or small, essential or nonessential. Don’t go deleting random files in volumes like User or Library— you could FUBAR your OS. Only delete the files you know don’t belong, or else you’ll get to erase your entire hard drive.
I used this once. It was worth it. It just looks for files with the same title, but I have never needed it. It’s worth trying on your iTunes folder and maybe docs. The only thing it found on my computer was a couple of ebooks I copied into my documents and never got rid of from the downloads folder. So it saved me a couple megabytes.
Overall, Sponge is this week’s winner of the Magnetic Oreo award. The application is free to download from version tracker and worth it. GET IT TODAY, PEASANT! I’m sorry, that was a little rude of me.