Finder eats my SSD space! Please, help!

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by MicHD, Jun 6, 2013.

  1. macrumors newbie


    Jun 6, 2013
    Hello :apple:
    What is going on:

    I'm using my MacBook Pro Retina Mid 2012. 60GB free... and then all of a sudden Finder starts eating SSD free space so it's just melting away to Zero bytes...

    I didn't find the resolve here, so please help me understand what is wrong and how can I cure my hungry Finder.

    P.S. At first I thought it could be some Adobe cache files growing, but there's only one folder for all adobe media cache and it stays same size. Anyway, my only way so far is to relaunch Finder and restart system to get back my free space.
  2. macrumors 603


    Switch off TimeMachine LocalBackup.
    But, by doing so you loose anything that has changed after your last backup.

    Edit: Open terminal and enter the following

    sudo tmutil disablelocal
    Hit Enter.
    Enter password.

    For usage type :

    man tmutil
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 6, 2013
    But I didn't even set up TM. It's off all the time.
  4. justperry, Jun 6, 2013
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2013

    macrumors 603


    Ah, most of the time it was the above.

    Open Activity Monitor, see how many pageouts you have and memory, also look at a runaway process, if you don't know how post a screenshot here.(Command-Shift-4, hit spacebar then click on window)

    Edit: See SS removed
  5. macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    I'm not sure I understand "Finder is eating free space". You mean Finder is reporting no free space?
    You say you relaunch Finder and restart. Does relaunching the Finder on its own fix the problem, or do you just need to restart?

    If you aren't using Time Machine, make sure you have another backup strategy in place, or you WILL lose your data.
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie


    Jun 6, 2013
    I found out what starts the process of counting down free space on my drive. First, I connect an external hard drive (usb 3.0, seagate, ntfs) with some files copied from windows pc. Then I click on a folder with a bunch of files I need to work with. But instead: finder shows no files, starts using cpu, and count down free space on ssd internal drive (not the usb connected one!). All is how it is on my video in first post.
    Any ideas?
    Maybe it's a kind of virus?

    Also: windows pc says that that folder is corrupt. and it can't delete it. says error 0x80070091

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