How I Gained Back 300 GB of Hard Drive Memory With the Click of a Button

gdriveI shoot a lot of video. A lot. I edit all of my own videos. I use Final Cut Express.

Every time you make a change, Final Cut saves that change. Then, after you have made all the changes you need you must then render the video in order to get a final product. Every time you render the video it saves that as a large file on your hard drive. I have a 2 TB external hard drive. I thought there was no way I would fill up this hard drive for years. I thought this hard drive would last me a very long time.

I was wrong.

I could not understand why my external hard drive was filling up so quickly. My final compressed videos were not large files. The final videos were relatively small.

It wasn’t until I remembered reading an article about what a space hog video editing software can be did I remember something critical. I remembered reading that Final Cut saves copies of everything in various folders hidden on your hard drive. I then went in search for these elusive large files. It took me about five minutes to find it. It was in an innocuous folder titled “Final Cut Express Documents.” What kind of video category is “Documents?”

Anyway, once I found it, I realized here was the problem. I had to carefully skim through each of the subfolders to figure out which video files I could erase and which I needed to keep.

Once I identified all of the autosave video files as well as the rendered files, I highlighted them all in one click and deleted them forever from my external hard drive. Within seconds I gained back 300 GB of hard drive space. This was very welcome.

I was getting close to deciding whether to buy another two external hard drives just to store my video content. At this point, I no longer need to. Just need to keep dumping out the trash on a regular basis. Make sure you do the same if you edit your own videos.

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