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travod
Aug 5, 2013, 03:33 PM
When I say little I mean 160/250 available, but I have not put that much stuff on my laptop. I've only put some word documents, movies, and videos that should total up to AT MOST 50 GB. What's taking up so much space?



Weaselboy
Aug 5, 2013, 03:34 PM
Do you have Time Machine turned on? If you do, some space will be used by Time Machine's local backups (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4878?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US). You can just ignore it, as OS X will reduce this space if the user needs it for storage.

DisplacedMic
Aug 5, 2013, 03:38 PM
When I say little I mean 160/250 available, but I have not put that much stuff on my laptop. I've only put some word documents, movies, and videos that should total up to AT MOST 50 GB. What's taking up so much space?


lots of stuff in your mailbox?
dropbox?

there are lots of programs, some free some paid, that can help you with this like Disk Inventory X or daisy disk with the latter being my personal favourite.

you can also do this the old-fashioned way and just go through your finder and look.

probably something in your libraries somewhere - just google how to clear up space on your mac and you should be able to fix the problem... but like I said, i really like daisy disk.

also - time machine makes local backups and the hibernate feature eats up some space too.

cxc273
Aug 5, 2013, 03:41 PM
So 90 GB is being used, but you're not sure where.

50 GB is being used for videos, music, etc., leaving 40 GB unaccounted for.

Mountain Lion requires 8 GB, leaving 32 GB.

Is it possible the remaining unaccounted for 32 GB is for applications you may have installed?

astoxos
Aug 5, 2013, 03:57 PM
You can run a relevant program to find out what is happening inside your HD

mbafan
Aug 5, 2013, 04:37 PM
Disk Inventory X, google it

GGJstudios
Aug 5, 2013, 04:39 PM
When I say little I mean 160/250 available, but I have not put that much stuff on my laptop. I've only put some word documents, movies, and videos that should total up to AT MOST 50 GB. What's taking up so much space?

If you're wondering what "Other" category in the 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 or later, space may being consumed by Time Machine local snapshots, which can be disabled by entering the following command in Terminal: sudo tmutil disablelocal. 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) 18.45EB of movies shown (http://forums.macrumors.com/showthread.php?t=1222097)
Freeing up drive space in Mac OS X (http://forums.macrumors.com/showpost.php?p=15085059&postcount=2)

dazey
Aug 5, 2013, 04:44 PM
OmniDiskSweeper (http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnidisksweeper/) its free (now) and the best tool I ever found for working out what is consuming space.

travod
Aug 5, 2013, 05:02 PM
OmniDiskSweeper (http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnidisksweeper/) its free (now) and the best tool I ever found for working out what is consuming space.

Downloaded this and it told me the problem in five seconds - I had two copies of every movie (one on iTunes and one in a folder I copied from an EHD). Deleted the copy and I'm back up to 190 GB!

Thanks everyone.

throAU
Aug 6, 2013, 12:01 AM
Do you have Time Machine turned on? If you do, some space will be used by Time Machine's local backups (http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4878?viewlocale=en_US&locale=en_US). You can just ignore it, as OS X will reduce this space if the user needs it for storage.

That.

The only place you should be checking for available space in Lion onwards is via get info on a disk.

If you're using "about this mac" the space reported there includes local TM backups which are removed as required, if needed.