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Old Jul 2, 2011, 04:32 PM   #1
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50% of Hard drive filled by "Other" space in lion

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More than half of my hard drive space turned unusable after I installed lion GM. What's going on?
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Old Jul 2, 2011, 04:36 PM   #2
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Take a look at OmniDiskSweeper, JDisk Report or GrandPerspective to see where your HDD space went to.
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Old Jul 2, 2011, 04:48 PM   #3
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Clean installation?
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Old Jul 2, 2011, 05:23 PM   #4
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On a slightly unrelated note, which application are you using to gain that graphic of your hard drive space?
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Old Jul 2, 2011, 05:55 PM   #5
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More than half of my hard drive space turned unusable after I installed lion GM. What's going on?
To get this screen, you went to About this Mac -> More information and clicked the Storage tab, right?

"Other" is just "neither media nor apps". For example your email, your VM images, all your office documents, system files such as fonts and printer drivers, etc.
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 04:23 AM   #6
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Mine just shows as all 'Other', I upgraded from SL, so am presuming to get this working properly it requires a clean installation of 10.7?
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 06:08 AM   #7
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 06:22 AM   #8
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It's showing me 0 KB of Other.
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On a slightly unrelated note, which application are you using to gain that graphic of your hard drive space?
It's built into Lion as far as I'm aware.
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Old Jul 3, 2011, 08:08 AM   #10
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It's built into Lion as far as I'm aware.
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 11:36 AM   #11
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Same issue for me too.

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Take a look at this,
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More than half of my hard drive space turned unusable after I installed lion GM. What's going on?
I've run into the same issue as well. Can't seem to locate the files that are taking up this "other" space. Did you have any luck identifying the problem?
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Old Jul 26, 2011, 12:08 PM   #12
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Mine just shows as all 'Other', I upgraded from SL, so am presuming to get this working properly it requires a clean installation of 10.7?
It just requires Spotlight to be turned on for the drive.

I don't really see the problem here. The space is occupied by something, it's just that it's not specified what exactly that something is. You can use any of the programs mentioned in the second post to find out more.

Note that whatever is counted as "Backup" here will be shown as free space in the Finder. So, in my case, Finder shows 29.3GB (20.04+9.26) as available on my main (Lion) disk.

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Old Jan 18, 2012, 05:26 PM   #13
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Solution for me

Guys,
I had the same problem. My hd was filled with the "other" files. Omnidisk did not find it, and it wasn't a cache problem. I was doing my backup to format my HD and I noticed that my trash was filled. So I clicked to empty it and boom, it found like 10 thousands files and took a while to empty. I went to the storage viewer and the "other" vanished!!!
Maybe that has something with the bug on Lion that when you try to delete a file it asks you your password.
So the "other" files for me where in the damn trash can, that's why the omnidisk wasn't finding them.
Hope I could help you!

Oh, and before, my trash can icon was showing empty, so take a good look on it.
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Old Feb 17, 2012, 01:24 PM   #14
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I bought an SSD that was smaller than my stock internal drive and saw this come up for me also. I was searching for an answer to this same question and ran into

http://toti.posterous.com/hidden-loc...s-x-lion-filli

that shows if you are running Time Machine and start your Mac without being connected to the TM backup drive, your Mac will create that backup on your internet drive, taking up that "other" space.

Apparently, you can run OmniDisk Sweeper to see the files and delete them if you want to, freeing up that space./
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Old Dec 19, 2012, 08:47 PM   #15
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Any other solutions? This solution quoted here only frees up space in the 'Back Up' part and not the 'other' part of the hard drive. Seems like Omni Disk Sweep is the only solution
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 05:18 PM   #16
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Daisy Disk is useful also
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 05:19 PM   #17
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Any other solutions? This solution quoted here only frees up space in the 'Back Up' part and not the 'other' part of the hard drive. Seems like Omni Disk Sweep is the only solution
If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion/ML storage tab is about, this may help explain:
What is this "Other" in the storage tab? What is eating my space
For space issues not explained by the above, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply:Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question:Freeing up space in Mac OS X

How OS X and iOS report storage capacity
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Old Jan 2, 2013, 06:02 PM   #18
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Other people have posted this, but other is pretty much everything else that dosen't fit in the other categories. Just letting you know.
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Old Jan 3, 2013, 08:25 AM   #19
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If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion/ML storage tab is about, this may help explain:
What is this "Other" in the storage tab? What is eating my space
For space issues not explained by the above, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply:Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question:Freeing up space in Mac OS X

How OS X and iOS report storage capacity
Thanks for the hard work! My search doesn't have that + to add criteria. Any idea why? I can't limit it to 50gb without this correct?


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Other people have posted this, but other is pretty much everything else that dosen't fit in the other categories. Just letting you know.
Yep, already knew that.

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Thanks for the hard work! My search doesn't have that + to add criteria. Any idea why?
Take a screen shot of your Finder window with something typed in the search field and post it.
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Old Jan 5, 2013, 09:45 PM   #21
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OK guess this isn't helping.

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Old Jun 24, 2013, 01:51 AM   #22
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http://superuser.com/questions/31384...-my-home-direc

Solved my problem. Whenever i would delete something finder would ask for my password and the file wouldn't go to my trash. I didn't think anything of it. I started to accumulate 'other' and omnidisk couldn't find anything. I followed that post and corrected the trash back to my username and bam......all my space that i couldn't find was there in the trash that was invisible before. Deleted it all and solved the problem.
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