Storage space being eaten up

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Nightcrawler90, Dec 7, 2012.

  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hi all,

    I have a late 2008 MacBook Pro with a 250gb hard drive. Last week I backed up all stuff and did a clean install of OS X Mountain Lion. Once this had installed I had 232gb free.. Going off my finder, I am only using 53.52gb of my hard drive, but looking at disk utility I only have 35.16 GB available! Thats 160gb unaccounted for... I did use the command in terminal "write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES" to see if there were any hidden folders I was missing but still no luck. Has anyone else had this problem?

    Also could someone suggest a decent disk cleaning utility to at least help me diagnose the problem. I have 'Disk Inventory X' but that has given me the same information as looking at finder and seeing only 53gb of files...:confused:

    Any advice would be appreciated!
     
  2. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    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
     
  3. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Take a look at the image below (didn't realise mountain lion had the capability to analyse disk allocation...:eek:)

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    It is reporting my backups are taking over my disk space.I have my mac backed up on a timecapsule already. How can I remove these back ups?
     
  4. macrumors Westmere

    GGJstudios

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    Read the 2nd bullet point in my post. When you disable them, they are removed automatically.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks, I have done this but now i have 160gb worth of 'other'.. I am currently going through the commands on from the first item on your post..:)
     
  6. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    This was the result from du -h -d1


    unknown-00:25:00:3d:c7:df:~ rhysskachill-kelly$ du -h -d1
    197M ./.dropbox
    0B ./.Trash
    764K ./Desktop
    8.0K ./Documents
    0B ./Downloads
    93M ./Dropbox
    4.3G ./Library
    1.4G ./Movies
    258M ./Music
    378M ./Pictures
    0B ./Public
    24K ./Sites
    6.6G .


    And this is the result from sudo du -h -d1

    1.9M ./.DocumentRevisions-V100
    1.9M ./.fseventsd
    213M ./.Spotlight-V100
    0B ./.Trashes
    0B ./.vol
    9.1G ./Applications
    2.7M ./bin
    0B ./cores
    4.5K ./dev
    1.0K ./home
    2.2G ./Library
    1.0K ./net
    0B ./Network
    5.9G ./private
    1.5M ./sbin
    3.2G ./System
    7.0G ./Users
    365M ./usr
    4.0K ./Volumes
    28G .


    There is nothing to indicate where this stray 160gb has disappeared to.. :confused: Each of the directories add up to what the 'about this mac' graphic tallied...

    Hoping you have some other tricks up your sleeve?:p
     

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