Cannot find files taking up space on my Macbook Pro

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by jerriji, Feb 25, 2013.

  1. jerriji macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2007
    I just purchased a used 2011 i7 Macbook Pro with a 240gb SSD drive. When I go to "about this Mac" under "storage" it shows only 104gb available with 34gb of photos, 21gb of backup and 70gb of other being taken up. I've looked everywhere to find the files that are taking up space......nada.

    I don't want to migrate over the 170gb of stuff on my iMac that i'm selling until I have a clear and free HD on the MBP.

    I've created admin user, deleted the old user, did a command R on startup, opened disk utility and did a repair disk, restarted the computer and it still shows more than half the HD being used.

    Your comments and suggestions would be greatly appreciated.

  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Download and use OmniDiskSweeper This will display all files/folders sorted by size
  3. jerriji thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2007
  4. glenthompson macrumors 68000


    Apr 27, 2011
    Why not re-install OS X? Then you can run migration assistant to move everything over from your iMac and have a clean machine. That way you don't need to worry about what the previous owner left behind.
  5. jerriji thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 22, 2007
    Thanks. It came with 10.8 on it. Isn't 10.8 a download only? Is there another way to re-install it without having to purchase the download?
  6. Mr. Retrofire macrumors 603

    Mr. Retrofire

    Mar 2, 2010

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