102 gb of "other" on my mac

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by chillyournuts, Mar 24, 2013.

  1. chillyournuts macrumors newbie

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    Seattle
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    recently i noticed my macbook getting slower. So i decided to clean it out. I went to see how much space I had and to my surprise, most of hard drive was full. Not full with files i have personally contributed but many files in the "other" section. I have 102 Gb of those files. I started cleaning out and they arnt going away. I have used OmniDiskSweeper and several other programs that arnt helping me with it.
    :confused: I really need to figure this out

    Does anyone know of where these files could be? and what they are? Also, how i an get rid of them.

    Thanks!
     
  2. GGJstudios 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. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    Your computer does not (necessarily) slow down just because you've got lots of files on your hard drive.

    Most files will happily sit there, unused, and not affect your Mac's running in any way. Files aren't used unless they are needed. As long as you have around 10% free space, you'll be fine.

    You can try emptying cache files, which may improve things. However, things may initially be slower while the caches "re-fill", and you should not empty caches routinely "just in case". Use a utility such as Onyx; or do a Safe Boot, which dumps the caches.
     

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