1TB HDD iMac question/help

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  1. BYaroma, Nov 10, 2012
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    BYaroma macrumors newbie

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    Hi, I am not new to this forum but I did happen to forget my password and email from awhile back. Anyways I'm currently on my Mid 2010 1TB iMac (21.5) and I have installed Mountain Lion. So before doing so I wiped my computer clean and then installed 10.8. Everything has ran fine and everything is all good but I do have a general question. I know my way around my computer and I consider my self to generally know a fair amount about Macs and there operating system, but not too much on hardware. I did all that about 3 weeks ago and since then everything has been fine, but today I installed some new apps from the Appstore, like Memory Cleaner, and some little apps, and as im going through the apps it said i've used 500gb of my harddrive already. I haven't downloaded much of anything at all though so it really surprised me. I checked my computer and looked at the storage and it was true, it said in the "other" tab that 500gb was already used. How is this possible? How can I fix this? Thanks!

    Tl;dr 1Tb harddrive says 500Gb is being used. How do I see what is being used/fix it? Thanks!

    There is a picture attached with what I am seeing.

    Edit: Whoa now it jumped up to 650 being used! Whats going on!?
     

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  3. BYaroma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you for the links!
    So I used Disk Inv. X, and it wasn't much help. I now have downloaded JDiskReport and it gave me the same information. I don't really have any idea what it going on. Is there any other possibilites? Ill attach a picture of what my Disk Utility is telling me if that helps.
     
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    Have you read the first link yet? It tells you what "Other" is and how it can be disabled. Disk Utility will not help.
     
  5. BYaroma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I did not see the first link, I thought it was an ad. I am looking at it now. I have also restarted my computer and it is all normal now.

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    Thank you, I have followed those Instructions and got a nice view of whats there, however I got to see the real "other" I do not know where the 600 gb being used came from, but I may have an idea maybe. If I run full system virus checks or anything like that matter would it crank up the "other" in my Hdd until I restart my computer?
     
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    It is not a virus nor is it malware. It is Time Machine doing local backups.

    Currently there are zero viruses affecting Mac OS X in public circulation, but there are other kinds of malware existing, that can infect your Mac.
    To learn more about malware in Mac OS X and what steps can be taken to protect yourself, read the following F.A.Q.:
     
  7. BYaroma thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I have time machine currently disabled and haven't used it at all yet. Is that still the reason?
     

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