Can't find files clogging my hard drive

Discussion in 'macOS' started by jrhut, Feb 25, 2009.

  1. jrhut macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2009
    I have an approx 145GB hard drive and it is completely full. I cannot figure out what is filling it up. All of the files, docs and applications only add up to about 50GB. The disc utility says that there are 250,000 files but the finder can only finad about 10,000. If you have a diagnosis or suggestions please let me know.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    In Finder, if your search results are more than 10,000, scroll to the bottom of the list and click "More" to find the total number:

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    I'd start with a simple Finder search, looking for large files, then work my way down, by reducing the minimum size in the search:

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  3. sickmacdoc macrumors 68020


    Jun 14, 2008
    New Hampshire
    The first step should probably be taking a look at the contents graphically to see what the big files are. You can do that by using either or both of a couple of free Mac utilities- GrandPerspective and Disk Inventory X.
  4. jrhut thread starter macrumors newbie

    Feb 25, 2009
    I used Disk Inventory X and found that all of the space was from a temp file that does not appear in finder. How do i access this file?

    (UPDATE) Nevermind I figured it out and fixed the problem. Thanks.

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