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UKPoliticsGuy
Mar 17, 2013, 10:05 AM
Hello,

I have found that I am often deleting video files on my Macbook Air (Late 2011 model), despite the fact I know that I don't add junk apps onto my Macbook.

I looked up my data storage stats on 'About my Mac' and found something was terribly wrong (see attached). The numbers don't add up. If we add up the numbers, I have only used 88gb of my hard drive, not 210gb as the picture says!

Also, I am colourblind but does the 'other' bar seem to be bigger than the others despite the fact it says 'Other: Zero KB'.

Helllppp!!! :eek::eek::eek:



simsaladimbamba
Mar 17, 2013, 10:17 AM
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)

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.

Btw, "memory" is not the same as "hard drive / storage capacity":

Computer Storage: Ram vs. Hard Drive Space (http://www.thecomputerwizard.biz/memoryarticle.htm)
RAM vs. Hard Disk (http://www.mactalk.com.au/content/ram-vs-hard-drive-1069/)

It is recommended, to have 10 to 20 % of the SSD/HDD's capacity unused.
The above links also apply to SSDs.

UKPoliticsGuy
Mar 17, 2013, 11:21 AM
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)

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.

Btw, "memory" is not the same as "hard drive / storage capacity":

Computer Storage: Ram vs. Hard Drive Space (http://www.thecomputerwizard.biz/memoryarticle.htm)
RAM vs. Hard Disk (http://www.mactalk.com.au/content/ram-vs-hard-drive-1069/)

It is recommended, to have 10 to 20 % of the SSD/HDD's capacity unused.
The above links also apply to SSDs.

I've tried those, my point is that either I have used 80gb or 210gb.

I believe this maybe an reindexing problem caused by spotlight, I am reindexing right now to see if the stats match.

simsaladimbamba
Mar 17, 2013, 11:49 AM
I've tried those, my point is that either I have used 80gb or 210gb.

I believe this maybe an reindexing problem caused by spotlight, I am reindexing right now to see if the stats match.

You tried the applications or you tried the first link or you tried both?

Sometimes a restart can solve the problem too, but most likely it is a local Time Machine backup, thus I repost again: 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)

UKPoliticsGuy
Mar 17, 2013, 12:56 PM
You tried the applications or you tried the first link or you tried both?

Sometimes a restart can solve the problem too, but most likely it is a local Time Machine backup, thus I repost again: 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)

Sorry, I tried all those apps and they all match DaisyDisk. Sadly, it does not match with the Mac's very own stats. I have tried reindexing to no avail :(

simsaladimbamba
Mar 17, 2013, 01:18 PM
Sorry, I tried all those apps and they all match DaisyDisk. Sadly, it does not match with the Mac's very own stats. I have tried reindexing to no avail :(

And what about those local TM backups I linked you with a guide twice?

UKPoliticsGuy
Mar 17, 2013, 01:25 PM
And what about those local TM backups I linked you with a guide twice?
Yes, it's not those either.

I found the solution: My disk was corrupt. When into recovery mode, verified disk and repaired it. The numbers now match.

simsaladimbamba
Mar 17, 2013, 01:31 PM
Yes, it's not those either.

I found the solution: My disk was corrupt. When into recovery mode, verified disk and repaired it. The numbers now match.

Such a stupid reason. But glad it worked out for you. :)