80+GB missing on External HD

garyhere1967

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Sep 1, 2007
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Hi
I hope this is the right forum for this question.
I have a Western Digital External HD and for about a year it has performed fine. However, I have just tried to back up to it and it is telling me I do not have enough space.
The HD is 148GB and using WHATSIZE is telling me that I have used up the 148GB and only have 264MB left, however, when I totla up the GB used in the list of files it only comes to approx' 65GB in use, leaving about 83GB unaccounted for.
I have run disc utility and everything is coming back ok.
I have done all of the usual things, turning off and on and also removing some big files of the HD and the disc space total remains the same!
Any clues as to what may have happened?
Regards and here's hoping!
Gary
 

OldCorpse

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You may have a huge cache somewhere. Have you enabled all invisible folders? How do you connect to the drive? You could try to run something like iDefrag - I've had success with this.
 

garyhere1967

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Sep 1, 2007
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Thanks for all the post's. well I'm not sure how it happened but I seem to have found my "lost" HD space. I did empty my trash, so that could be it... but this is an external hard drive, so not sure how eptying my trash on my Mac would effect that.... but something has worked so thank you to everyone who replied.
 

mkrishnan

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Jan 9, 2004
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Were you trying to backup to a disk image on the drive when you got the error? I think perhaps the disk image grew for some reason to fill the drive (and perhaps was in the trash), and then when it failed for some reason, the disk image was filling up the entire HD.