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rk25123
Jan 9, 2013, 06:15 AM
Hello, my user folder states that it contains 44,22 GB of data, but the files and folders inside it sum up to a total of 8,19 GB, so from where the heck those 36,03 GB come from?! Are there hidden files/folders?!



maflynn
Jan 9, 2013, 06:17 AM
Download and run OmniDiskSweeper (http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnidisksweeper/) It will provide a sorted list of your files/folders and show you where all your space is going. It includes system and hidden folderes

simsaladimbamba
Jan 9, 2013, 06:18 AM
To find out, where you storage capacity is being used, you can use the following free applications:

DiskInventory X (http://www.derlien.com/)
OmniDiskSweeper (http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnidisksweeper/)
JDisk Report (http://www.jgoodies.com/freeware/jdiskreport/)
GrandPerspective (http://grandperspectiv.sourceforge.net/)

Maybe try a combination of several, if you still can't find the "missing" capacity.

What is this "Other" in the storage tab? What is eating up my space? (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1302889) by theSeb (http://forums.macrumors.com/member.php?u=478484)

TonyK
Jan 9, 2013, 06:23 AM
in Finder is show hidden files and folders enabled? if not, enable that to see as well.

benwiggy
Jan 9, 2013, 06:25 AM
I'm guessing the user Library folder isn't visible, and so not included in your count.
The biggest thing there is likely to be backups for iPhones or iPads.
You can check what backups are being kept in iTunes, and delete all but the most recent.

rk25123
Jan 9, 2013, 09:35 AM
I'm guessing the user Library folder isn't visible, and so not included in your count.
The biggest thing there is likely to be backups for iPhones or iPads.
You can check what backups are being kept in iTunes, and delete all but the most recent.

Thank you guys!

You're right there's no library folder showed inside my user folder, how do I make it to show?

maflynn
Jan 9, 2013, 09:39 AM
In the terminal type this
chflags nohidden ~/Library/

To reset it back to hidden
chflags hidden ~/Library

OSX updates can reset the flags so you may need to reapply these after doing an update

GGJstudios
Jan 9, 2013, 09:40 AM
Thank you guys!

You're right there's no library folder showed inside my user folder, how do I make it to show?
Your Library folders are hidden by default in Lion and ML. To get to your /Library or /Users/yourusername/Library (also known as the ~/Library) folders in Lion and ML:

Launch Finder and click Go > Go to Folder and type: /Library or ~/Library

Hold the Option key while clicking the Go menu item, which reveals your ~/Library folder in the menu.

Make it permanently visible in Finder by entering the following command in Terminal, then press the Enter key:
chflags nohidden ~/Library

18 ways to view the ~/Library folder in Lion (http://www.macworld.com/article/161156/2011/07/view_library_folder_in_lion.html)