Hard drive space becomes a premium resource as we gather more digital products. I know I keep seeing my available hard drive space decreasing as I add to my collection of resources.
To determine how much hard drive space you have available, if you are using a PC:
- Click on the Windows logo (lower left corner of your screen)
- Click on “Computer”
- Right click on the drive that you would like to explore
- Go to Properties, and you will see a pop-up window, such as I have shown above.
Here you will be able to determine how much drive space you have used and how much you have available.
In past tutorials we have looked at 2 ways to save hard drive space:
- Saving Hard Drive Space by Deleting Hidden Layers
- Transparency Utilizes a Lot of Space
Today let’s look at one more way to save hard drive space, and that is by deleting extra file formats that come with a product.
Many designers include multiple file formats such as PSD, TIF, and PNG in their products. This is typical with templates, for example, offering the consumer the opportunity to choose the file format that works best for them and the software they use.
Below is a screen capture of what is contained within one of the It’s a Snap Template folders. These templates were created by Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes.
First pictured is a folder with all of the “parts” of the template, in PNG format. Next is the PSD format, then the TIF format.
I am often asked if one needs to save all of these formats. It’s a personal choice; but if you are trying to save hard drive space, deleting the file formats you do not use is one way to help achieve that goal. (Since I do not use a Mac, if _MACOSX files are included, I also delete those.)
Here are the file sizes for this template:
- PNG folder = 3.8 MB
- PSD = 13 MB
- TIF = 5.2 MB
Because I use Photoshop, I personally would choose to save the TIF file and delete the PNG and PSD files, saving 16.8 MG of space in just this one folder.
The entire It’s a Snap Templates product consists of 4 templates. I did not measure each one, but if we assume they are all similar, by deleting the PNGs and TIFs from this set, we could save 67.2 MB of space. Multiply that by how many templates you may own… and, well, I think you get the idea.
Again, it’s a matter of choice what you keep or delete, of course! But deleting extra file formats is one option for you to consider when your hard drive space is starting to run low!
It’s a Snap is a collaboration between ADBDesigns, Jilbert’s Bits of Bytes, and myself, SnickerdoodleDesigns.
Below is a preview of the templates mentioned above. They are perfect for the Pocket Scrapper and also to be used in combination with traditional scrapping.
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See you next week!
If you would like to keep this tutorial on your computer for easy reference, you may download a PDF here: Saving Hard Drive Space by Deleting Extra File Formats