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Sep 11, 2013, 01:25 PM
Hi there,
After having certain storage issues in the past, I've used this forum for some great solutions, including installing Omni Disk Sweeper and erasing certain unnecessary files. However, after I transferred some large files to my external hardrive, my Macbook Air started reacting strangely, forcing me to quit certain programs etc.

I used Omni Disk Sweeper to try and find out where this 'other' storage is located, but the program doesn't even seem to detect the apparent 59GB of other date that my system information tells me that I have. At most, there's 38GB there (28GB coming solely from my var file - anyone know if I can do anything about that?)

Just wondering if anyone has any insight into how I can rectify this problem? Thanks a lot!


Sep 11, 2013, 01:28 PM
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)