Hard drive cleanup

Last fall when I got my then-new MacBook Pro, I was happy to splurge on the 750GB hard drive option. "I'll never use all of that" I said to myself! Well, today I found myself with all of 13GB available on the thing. Something has to be done.

In years past I would simply look for the largest files on my hard drive, weed out the ones I no longer needed, then transfer the rest to an external drive and be done with it. Now I'm thinking that I should be a little better thought out about it.

So I got to thinking: what do I need most on my internal HD? Answer: my most recent files. That's simple enough, right? Wrong. I can't just get rid of older files permanently. I need to move them to an external drive in a way that makes sense to me.

That's when I realized that the best approach would be to take the storage scheme that I have in place today on my internal drive, replicate that on an external drive, and populate that with my older files. That way if I can't find something on my laptop's drive, I'll be able to look for it in the same relative spot on the external drive.

That was the easy part. The hard part will be identifying and moving the files. I'll save that for another day.