Deleting "Other" on Hard Drive

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    PsstGreek

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    How would I go about deleting "other" on my hard drive? A few days ago I tried to partition the hard drive so I can install Windows 7. Long story short, I couldn't for some reason. Now I discover, there's almost 400GB of other and iMac is a little sluggish.

    I'm using Mountain Lion. Any help would be great.
     

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    Seen this before and "other" turned out to be images (photographs) in need of transfer to an external HDD.
     
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    How could I find out what the "other" is?
     
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    Take a look at your personal files, see if there is a folder that is excessively large and could account for (a large part of) the "other" files.
     
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    I can't seem to find any thing that large any where on the computer.
     
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    Format the drive and restore from a previous backup should help.
     
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    There are posts on this forum which will explain what other is. I've created a detailed one. However, your case is quite specific. Other is many different files, but in your case it is probably mainly the remains of the failed partition operation. I would not recommend trying to fix this yourself, unless you have a good understanding of os x and the terminal. Doing a restore from a previous backup, as per the above advice, is the best option. You did do a backup before trying to repartition your hard drive? Right?
     
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    Unfortunately I do not have a backup of my computer. The only important things are my photos and music that I just transfered to my flash drive. I have a somewhat decent understanding of OS X but can follow a guide to a tee.
     
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    Trace down where all the files are. You can start by doing a get 'get info' on each folder starting with your home directory. Or use a program like 'Disk Inventory X' and trace down the folder tree were all the space is.
     
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    I used the app but there's nothing that consumes 400GB. Should I follow theSeb's guide?
     
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    Just pull the photos and music back to an external (if not still there) and format drive.
     
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    Well the "other" is definitely from the failed attempts at my iMac trying to partition the hard drive and install Windows 7.
     
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    Then absolutely format and start fresh if you have all your applications available to reinstall, and have backed up your personal data. 400GB is a lot for a Windows partition, especially on a 500GB drive! Good Luck
     
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    The odd thing is, there aren't any partitions showed in Disk Utilities.
     

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    Don't waste more time. Pull the files you need and just format. You can haven been done with this and back up and running several hours ago. Just do it. Format.
     
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    That's what you would expect if it was a 'failed' attempt to create a partition. It allocated the space, but never wrote the new partition table. I have seen Boot Camp Assistant do this a few times.

    Have you tried clicking on the physical disk itself in Disk Utility (not the volume) and running 'repair disk'?

    That runs a partition repair, not a disk repair.
     
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    I did that and nothing seemed to work. I formatted the drive and re-installed ML. All is well now. Thanks for the help guys.
     
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    You are welcome.
     
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