Apps Taking Up 175GB..

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  1. marrerotamara macrumors newbie

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    Hey guys, I currently noticed on my storage that my Apps are taking up 175GB. I've been trying to figure out what apps are taking that much space and I can't figure it out. I don't install any Apps on my Mac. Can someone tell me how to figure out what apps are taking up this much space? Thanks in advance.

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  2. Fuith macrumors member

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    Do yourself a favour and get a copy of Daisy Disk, it's a fantastic app for situations just like this. It'll tell you exactly what's taking up the space.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G5

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    I'd suggest DiskWave. You can download it free here:
    http://diskwave.barthe.ph

    The difference between DiskWave and the "other" "space-revealing apps" is that DiskWave shows you folders and files in plain English (rather than as a graphical display). In this respect, I consider it SUPERIOR when measured against the "rest of them".

    Just launch it.
    You'll see what to do next...
     
  4. marrerotamara thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I ran Diskwave and this is what came up. I still doesn't see how all that adds up to 175GB. Is there something i'm missing?

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  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    What is going on is that storage readout under Yosemite is totally messed up and provides bad information.

    If you run the Terminal command below it will reindex Spotlight and fix the storage readout, but you can about bet it will be wrong again in a few days.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
     
  6. marrerotamara thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Alright so I ran that command and this is what shows up. Should i be worried about something being wrong with my Mac? Or is this something that happens a lot?
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  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You need to wait for the Spotlight reindex to complete. It takes about 30 minutes or so. It does not look like you let it finish.

    This is nothing to worry about. Just a bug in Yosemite and you can ignore it.
     
  8. marrerotamara thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Sounds good thank you!
     
  9. hiddenmarkov macrumors 6502a

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    If you have deleted files and get a disparity turn off time machine for a bit. It forces time machine to forget about files now deleted which can give false readings.

    Case of applications you may have to actually hit library files that may build up in here. You may have to hit side areas besides the icon/folder in applications. You'd have to see each application's guidance to best find the less obvious areas used.

    Probably not your case here but if you run CLI applications you may also want to record where and how you installed them. And do they have special data needs that can creep up in drive usage. GUI not of much help here. Not even to get to there directory most times. I can't speak for tools above in regards to CLI app space use.
     

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