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Old Aug 5, 2013, 03:33 PM   #1
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New Air saying little storage left?

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?

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Old Aug 5, 2013, 03:34 PM   #2
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Do you have Time Machine turned on? If you do, some space will be used by Time Machine's local backups. You can just ignore it, as OS X will reduce this space if the user needs it for storage.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 03:38 PM   #3
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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.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 03:41 PM   #4
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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?
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 03:57 PM   #5
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You can run a relevant program to find out what is happening inside your HD
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Disk Inventory X, google it
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 04:39 PM   #7
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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
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 drive space in Mac OS X
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OmniDiskSweeper (http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnidisksweeper/) its free (now) and the best tool I ever found for working out what is consuming space.
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Old Aug 5, 2013, 05:02 PM   #9
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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.
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Do you have Time Machine turned on? If you do, some space will be used by Time Machine's local backups. 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.
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