Space usage

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by FJ2011, Sep 9, 2012.

  1. macrumors member

    Jul 29, 2011
    As of today, my Mac air storage space is 46G free out of 120G. There's 59.26G on the other.

    How can I find out which folder or file belongs to that "Other" category? So I can review and move/delete unnecessary files?

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. macrumors 6502a

    May 2, 2010
    East Maitland, NSW, AU
    If any/all of those tools show you have more free than the OSX Disk usage meter, try repairing the disk and its permissions, as I find this to sometimes mark space as used as it isn't freed up due to permissions.
  4. hfg
    macrumors 68040


    Dec 1, 2006
    Cedar Rapids, IA. USA
    If you normally use Time Machine to backup to an external drive or NAS, and you leave TM on while you are mobile and not connected to your backup drive, you may have some local TM backups taking up disk space. There is another thread on this forum discussing this issue.

    The recommended procedure on that thread was:

    You are not freeing up disk space when deleting files because of local (as in "on your hard drive", so not on the Time Machine drive!) Time Machine backups, a new feature introduced in Lion. This feature is per default activated and can, unfortunately, not be disabled in the Time Machine menu. But: you can safely disable the local backups using the following terminal command:

    sudo tmutil disablelocal

    This may be the problem with your disk space usage.
  5. macrumors regular

    Jul 12, 2010
    If you'd like to cut down on the used space on your Air, you can take a look at the "Removing Files to Save Space" section of the guide to increase storage space on the Macbook Air.

    It includes information on disabling local Time Machine backups as well as removing unnecessary system language files, etc.

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