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GKDAIR
May 17, 2013, 06:29 PM
So I have 42 gigs worth of apps and I honestly have NO idea where it's all coming from.


I have no apps from itunes, and I don't have any games installed on my computer, except for Sims 3.


I can't tell what exactly is causing so much space to be taken up. The only other apps I have are simple apps that only take a few megabytes, nothing that takes up gigs. Even total there's no way it's 42 gigs, I'd be surprised if it's even over 3-4 gigs.



SandboxGeneral
May 17, 2013, 06:31 PM
There are some free apps that will tell you and some paid ones as well. I happen to use a paid one called DaisyDisk (http://daisydiskapp.com/).

GGJstudios
May 17, 2013, 06:34 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 Lion: 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. http://forums.macrumors.com/attachment.php?attachmentid=316547&d=1324232637 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)

DisplacedMic
May 17, 2013, 09:03 PM
There are some free apps that will tell you and some paid ones as well. I happen to use a paid one called DaisyDisk (http://daisydiskapp.com/).

another vote for daisydis. is awesome.

opinio
May 18, 2013, 05:19 AM
So I have 42 gigs worth of apps and I honestly have NO idea where it's all coming from.


I have no apps from itunes, and I don't have any games installed on my computer, except for Sims 3.


I can't tell what exactly is causing so much space to be taken up. The only other apps I have are simple apps that only take a few megabytes, nothing that takes up gigs. Even total there's no way it's 42 gigs, I'd be surprised if it's even over 3-4 gigs.

You could run Onyx (app) to do a clean?

Weaselboy
May 18, 2013, 10:00 AM
So I have 42 gigs worth of apps and I honestly have NO idea where it's all coming from.


I have no apps from itunes, and I don't have any games installed on my computer, except for Sims 3.


I can't tell what exactly is causing so much space to be taken up. The only other apps I have are simple apps that only take a few megabytes, nothing that takes up gigs. Even total there's no way it's 42 gigs, I'd be surprised if it's even over 3-4 gigs.

That info comes from the Spotlight index and sometimes it gets corrupted and causes wrong info to show. Try a Spotlight reindex by running the command below in Terminal, then check the reading again.

sudo mdutil -E /

GKDAIR
May 18, 2013, 06:00 PM
Yeah I had DasiyDisk as well, I ran it and it only showed about 20+ gigs worth of stuff,


The "Other" section is fine, it was "Apps" that was taking up so much space.


I ran that command and right now I am waiting for it to finish.


Ok, the command worked. It cleared up a good 20 gigs and now everything looks in order. Thanks! I gotta remember that command.