Boot drive disk full...but what is taking up the space?

Discussion in 'Mac OS X Lion (10.7)' started by HXGuy, Mar 19, 2012.

  1. HXGuy macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    I use a 120GB SSD drive for my boot drive and a separate SATA HDD for a storage drive. When working on projects in Photoshop or other software, I constantly get a message that my boot drive is too full.

    I checked the info on the drive and sure enough it's close to full, but I don't understand what is taking up the space.

    As you can see in the screen shot, it says the User "lavinia" is taking up 73.87GB but if you add up all the folders within "lavinia" it is no where near 73.87GB (more like ~20.25GB) so what is taking up the other space and how do I free it up?

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. benthewraith macrumors 68040


    May 27, 2006
    Miami, FL
    Have you tried disabling local time machine backups?
  4. HXGuy thread starter macrumors 68000

    Mar 25, 2010
    Thank you for the help...accessing the ~/Library I was able to see that Mail was taking up 43GB of space on the boot drive. Did some more researching and was able to move the Mail folder to an external drive and then create an alias on the boot drive and everything works have over 43GB available on the boot drive. :)

    Time Machine I have a separate HDD for.

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