Lost hard drive capacity...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kpangilinan, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. kpangilinan macrumors member

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    My girlfriend just got her MacBook Pro last Thursday and she's already down to 74GBs. We've checked every folder and have come to the conclusion that she has only used about 9-10GBs. That leaves 8GBs unaccounted for. Does anyone know where I can check where those unaccounted GBs went?
     
  2. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502

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    All hard drives once formatted have less than the advertised amount of storage space. It has to do with how early on in the computer and semiconductor industries adopted the term kilobyte to describe 2^10 (1024) bytes because 1024 is "close enough" to the metric prefix kilo, which is defined as 10^3 or 1000.
     
  3. Lollypop macrumors 6502a

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    You also might want to try and delete the logs, when I got my mac for some reason the log files bloated to over 5 gigs... ye 5 gigs worth of logs :eek:

    There is a tool that graphically represents the entire filesystems content, big blocks represent big files, that way you can id strange bloated files, unfortunately I can remember the programs name.
     
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    NYmacAttack is right, but nevertheless you can use an app like OmniDiskSweeper to find where space is being used up quite easily. This is similar to the app that Lollypop mentions but doesn't display the results graphically. :)
     

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