100 GB missing!! Disk Inv.X finds 117GB but 250 GB HD says its full

Discussion in 'macOS' started by manic, Feb 15, 2010.

  1. manic macrumors regular

    May 29, 2006

    This is a big mystery to me. My HD is 250 GB and get info shows it is 230GB full (just deleted a bunch os stuff). I opened disk inventory X (among others) to find who was taking up all this space, but the totality of files in the system add to 117GB. My biggest file is iPhoto library with 57GB (because of movies). Second is iTunes, with 13GB.

    Checked the logs and these arent big at all. What can be causing this?

    Could it be that the iPhoto library is duplicated somewhere and I cant see it?

    Thanks for the help. Whoever figures this out will be a genius to me

  2. MacDawg macrumors Core


    Mar 20, 2004
    "Between the Hedges"
    Gotta ask... have you emptied the trash?

    Woof, Woof - Dawg [​IMG]
  3. manic thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2006
    You bet. Ive been toying with this for hours.
  4. belvdr macrumors 603

    Aug 15, 2005
    No longer logging into MR
    Have you rebooted the machine? If a process has a file locked, and you clear the file, the disk won't report the disk is freed until the process is restarted.
  5. manic thread starter macrumors regular

    May 29, 2006
    Thanks for the help, but Ive tried restarting, emptying trash, clearing cache, these sorts of procedures...

    I think the root of the problem is duplicate files that the system cant recognize. From the picture you can clearly see that Disk Inventory X finds 117GB in files while Get Info says the HD is 225GB full.

    I have no other partitions.
  6. Denarius macrumors 6502a


    Feb 5, 2008
    Gironde, France
    Try doing this.
    defaults write com.apple.Finder AppleShowAllFiles YES
    killall Finder
    Do the same, but with NO instead of YES to set it back when you've finished searching through the hard drive.

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