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Hard Drive Too Full? Invisible Files?

Discussion in 'OS X Mountain Lion (10.8)' started by AidenL, Feb 26, 2013.

  1. macrumors member

    Hi all,

    I have been battling with a problem, its driving me nutty........

    As per the screenshot attached, my Hard drive is 1Tb, and Daisy Disk says it has 396 Gigs of Data on it.

    Yet, my User file is only 160 Gigs approx?

    Where are the rest of the files hiding and how can I clean them out before I transfer my data over to my new iMac which is on the way?

    I could live without using Migration when the new machine arrives, but i do want to copy iPhoto, iTunes Music and Documents over, that's pretty much all I want to save.

    Any suggestions as to how I can clean it all up ? Thanks in advance :)

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  2. macrumors 601


    Time Machine holds a full backup and the daily backup for as long as you use it. So say if you want a file from 6 months ago you can go get it. Go through the Time Machine Dock item and then see how far back do the backups go? If it goes back far, the more data that is backed up.
  3. macrumors member

    Thanks for that reply, but I'm really trying to free up space from the ''ghost / invisible" files on my hard drive.

    Any ideas? :)
  4. macrumors 601


    Yes. If you visit web sites a lot then in Safari go to the menu item named 'Safari' and choose to clear history and web site data (web cache). Do this about once every 2-3 months to keep web surfing cache it check.
  5. macrumors 601


  6. macrumors 68030


    The rest is probably your applications.
  7. macrumors 601


    Also if they save a lot of videos and music.
  8. macrumors demi-god


    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion/ML storage tab is about, this may help explain:
    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 space in Mac OS X

    How OS X and iOS report storage capacity

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