Free Hard Drive Space Showing Incorrectly

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by ForeverUnknown, Jan 5, 2007.

  1. ForeverUnknown macrumors regular

    Dec 30, 2006
    When I my hard drive info is shown on the desktop next to the icon, it says I have 21GB free of 148GB, but in every other program such as finder and activity monitor, it shows I have 98GB free of 148. What's going on?
  2. Mitch1984 macrumors 6502


    May 16, 2005
    This is a common problem does anyone know how to fix this. It says I've got 7GB free when that is absolutely not possible.
  3. benlee macrumors 65816


    Mar 4, 2007
    Try this

    I was getting so angry because mine was showing 92 GB free when i only have 44 GB free. I restarted, shutdown everything. finally it came to me that the 92 was .92 and it wasnt showing the whole thing i reduced the text size and sure enough 44.92 GB free. May not be same problem you are having but worth a try.
  4. patrick0brien macrumors 68040


    Oct 24, 2002
    The West Loop

    Use Disk Utility to "Erase Free Space" using the Security setting "Write Zeros to Disk".

    This has never failed me.

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