View Full Version : Where is my disk space going "others"
Aug 4, 2012, 06:21 AM
Since a while my disk space is getting eaten insanely. And I have no idea what is happening. I keep running out of disk space. I already hardly have any movies or any big files left. Yesterday I erased another 5GB. of movies, but just one day and all my free extra 5GB space was gone too :(
What is going on here. I can't erase anything anymore.
Aug 8, 2012, 02:52 PM
I don't know what's eating up your new free space. Maybe downloading files from cloud services? (iCloud, Dropbox, etc..)
But you can use an app like jDiskReport or Disk Inventory X to map your disk usage.
If you scan your entire disk / , it will visually display which folders are taking up all the space, and you can drill down to subfolders.
Best not delete anything out of /System and /Library unless you know what you're doing, but the files in /Users and /Applications is your stuff.
Aug 8, 2012, 02:53 PM
If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion storage tab is about, this may help explain:
What is this "Other" in the storage tab? What is eating my space (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=14103154&postcount=1)
For space issues not explained by the above, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply:
Begin by restarting your computer as a first step. This sometimes resolves issues.
For Time Machine users on notebooks running Lion, space may being consumed by Time Machine local snapshots, which can be disabled (http://toti.posterous.com/hidden-local-backups-with-mac-os-x-lion-filli).
OS X: About Time Machine's "local snapshots" on portable Macs (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4878)
Check to see if some of the space is being used by your sleepimage (http://osxdaily.com/2010/10/11/sleepimage-mac/) file.
Search with Finder to see if the space is being consumed by a very large file or several large files. Adjust the 50GB in the illustration to whatever size you deem appropriate.
Use OmniDiskSweeper (http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnidisksweeper/), JDisk Report (http://www.jgoodies.com/freeware/jdiskreport/), Disk Inventory X (http://www.derlien.com/index.html), DaisyDisk (http://www.daisydiskapp.com/) or GrandPerspective (http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net/) to see how space is being used on your drive. Some of these apps may show more detail than others, so try several.
Check your drive with Disk Utility: Using Disk Utility to verify or repair disks (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT1782)
Try re-indexing your drive: Spotlight: How to re-index folders or volumes (http://support.apple.com/kb/ht2409)
Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question:
Encrypted drive (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1331617)
Time Machine backup files and needed disk repair (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1327443)
App filling log file (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1323490)
App or file was 89GB (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1327832)
Drive needed to be re-indexed (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1326965)
Time Machine backup file (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1322806)
Large app cache file (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1319720)
Garageband files and video podcasts (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1313090)
Oversized email being duplicated (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1310158)
Another email issue (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=831784)
Freeing up space in Mac OS X (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=15085059&postcount=2)
Aug 8, 2012, 02:55 PM
Whoh! That's a whole lot of other getting used up!