can't get true disk free space anywhere in Mavericks

Discussion in 'OS X Mavericks (10.9)' started by btownguy, Nov 26, 2013.

  1. btownguy macrumors 6502a

    Jun 18, 2009
    This is from a fresh install of OSX Mavericks on a mid-2009 15" MBP.

    If I go to "About This Mac" and check out Storage, I get the following image. "Other" should be about 168 Gb and it says "Zero KB".


    If I do a "Get Info" on my Documents folder (all my business documents", it shows:


    If I look at the status bar in Finder, it shows:


    None of these are correct. It's like Mavericks isn't counting any of the documents in Documents. Any ideas?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Download and use OmniDiskSweeper. It will provide a sorted list of what's consuming your space.
  3. ssls6 macrumors 6502a


    Feb 7, 2013
    you can always type this into terminal

    sudo du -d 1 -x -g -c /

    It will give you answer in GB (takes about a minute to run)
  4. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    OS X uses the Spotlight index to calculate these numbers and your Spotlight index is corrupt and showing wrong sizes as evidenced by Other showing zero. Other always shows something.

    sudo mdutil -E /
    Enter this command in Terminal and wait for Spotlight to reindex and you should then see the correct amounts.

    Even then though that graphic and Finder will not match total free space because the space used by Time Machine's local backups is not included in the Finder total used. That is normal and you can read about it here.
  5. chrfr macrumors 604

    Jul 11, 2009
    Mavericks Finder (and Mountain Lion Finder) don't count the space used for local backups.

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