2015 rMB - MacOS occupies 61GB?!?!

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  1. Music Lover macrumors member

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  2. icymountain, Oct 8, 2017
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    icymountain macrumors 6502

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    This seems like a lot to me. Does this include Applications such as Garage Band, that you may not use too much if at all ? When I get a new mac, I do remove the applications that I will never use on the first day. I do not remember how much space is available after that, but I think much less space is used than what you report.
     
  3. EugW macrumors 603

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    A clean install of 10.13 High Sierra with Office 2016 takes up around 20 GB. High Sierra alone is closer to just 12 GB.

    Time to clean out the junk in your system, eg. GarageBand support files and iPhone backups, etc. are major contributors.
     
  4. Music Lover thread starter macrumors member

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    I don't have GarageBand installed. Never used that App so I removed that when I installed my med MB.

    Also, 61GB is ONLY Sierra.
    Nothing else.
    All apps are outside this 61GB.
    iPhone back is also outside the 61GB.

    How do I make a clean install of 10.13 High Sierra with Office 2016?
     
  5. EugW macrumors 603

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    Clean install of 10.12 Sierra is just around 13 GB. I just checked my backup install.

    Screen Shot 2017-10-08 at 1.08.19 PM.png

    That's from a standard clean install. You've got some junk in your install. It sounds like you have not done a clean install.

    BTW, How do you know that the iPhone backups are outside the 61 GB? Have you specifically cleaned those out? They are usually hidden files so you wouldn't find them unless you look for them or specifically:

    About This Mac --> Storage --> Manage... --> iOS Files

    Actually, the Manage... screen will show you a lot of spots where you may be using space unnecessarily.
     
  6. icymountain macrumors 6502

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    How about using some programs like Filelight to see where the space is used up ?
     
  7. Music Lover thread starter macrumors member

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    Yep, 100% sure.
    I calculated all files and iPhone backups are outside the 61 GB
     
  8. evec macrumors regular

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    In telnet:
    for user directory
    > cd ~/Library

    > du -ch -d1
    Check for any big directory

    > cd Application/ Support

    > du -ch -d1
    Check for any big directory inside Application Support

    cd /Library

    Repeat again for System
    > sudo du -ch -d1
    Check for any big directory

    > cd Application/ Support

    > sudo du -ch -d1
    Check for any big directory inside Application Support
     
  9. Music Lover thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks all!
    Upgrading to the new Sierra now.
    Report back tomorrow
     
  10. DeltaMac macrumors G3

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    hmm... Sierra? or High Sierra? You said "new Sierra", so assuming High Sierra (?)
    I just did a clean install (format, then new install of macOS) of High Sierra: NO additions of any kind. Only the install, choosing NOT to enter an AppleID account, and setting up with a simple user account. Removed the VM folder that appears at the root directory of the fresh High Sierra install (which size was dependent on the RAM installed, I think, and removed about 1GB on my system), and that fresh macOS install of High Sierra is 11.26GB. That's your basic macOS install, with nothing else added.
    61GB, means that you probably have Time Machine set up, but the backup drive is not connected, plus a LOT of other stuff.
     
  11. Music Lover thread starter macrumors member

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    Sorry High Sierra it is!
    Fresh install, but still about 60GB...strange.
    Use external HDD for Time Machine.

    Any othe items to check?
    --- Post Merged, Oct 9, 2017 ---
    Where do I execute these commands?
    Thanks in advance!
     
  12. icymountain macrumors 6502

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    In the terminal (Go in the Finder, then select Utilities, and you will be able to launch the terminal).
    The command "du" means "disk usage" and reports the space used by each sub-directory in a directory.

    I mentioned "filelight" above; it is just a GUI on top of that.

    Doing either will show you what directory contains large files, and then you (or we) will be able to say what is taking far more space than normal, and why.
     
  13. EugW macrumors 603

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    That’s actually impossible. Yours is not just a fresh install.
     
  14. Weaselboy Moderator

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    See my post #2 in this thread.
     
  15. Kierikka macrumors member

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    Is the 60GB the systemfolder or is it all on the disk excluding the apps and iphone backup?
     
  16. ARK macrumors 6502

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    I had this initially on my late 2013 SSD 15" MBP after install High Sierra. It was about 60ish GB. After a restart and a few hours it went down to 41GB.
    --- Post Merged, Oct 16, 2017 ---
    There is a post on MacRumors that discusses this very issue and it turns out its from local snapshots from Time Machine. Do you have Time Machine turned on?
     

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