CrossOver + uTorrent: eats up my HDD space

Discussion in 'Windows, Linux & Others on the Mac' started by StrangeCargo, Jul 13, 2008.

  1. StrangeCargo macrumors newbie

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    It's been a while since I've been using µTorrent through CrossOver on my Mac, and recently I have come to notice something very annoying. (Let me mention first that I use "pre-allocate all files" on µTorrent.) Whenever I right click on a torrent in µTorrent and choose to "Remove and Delete .torrent + Data", the torrent normally disappears from µTorrent, and whichever folder the .torrent was downloading goes away too (NOT to be found in the Mac recycle bin, mind you), but with one small detail: the free space on my HDD (actually, Macintosh HD, since I have set a default download folder for µTorrent on my Mac Desktop) remains the same, as if the torrent folder never left. At first I thought that I might need to exit µTorrent, or even CrossOver too, before that disk space is reclaimed, but even then, no difference at all. I even restarted my Mac, but still nothing. So, my question I quess is:


    How come all that disk space is supposedly occupied, and how can I get it back?


    Mind you, I have been using the "Remove and Delete .torrent + Data" quite often too, and have always been wandering how could it be that my start-up disk always got "nearly full" when all I ever did was to try and clean useless files up.. This means that there must be a considerable ammount of gigas being falsely occupied on my Macintosh HD. I even thought that uninstalling µTorrent or CrossOver might remove whatever files they used, but then again I thought that I might not want to risk it since if I remove them there might not be a way back to tracing the root of the problem..

    One other question that's been bothering me is this:


    If I save a file on the "Windows" desktop in CrossOver (through a windows application apparently), where is it on my Macintosh HD?


    (because, apparently, it's not just "virtual" since I can recall the file any time in the supposed location I saved it, through the same windows app.)

    Thank you all in advance. :)
     
  2. CWallace macrumors 601

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    Have you considered just using an OS X torrent application? I am quite pleased with Transmission.
     
  3. StrangeCargo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    As a matter of fact I have.. But only µTorrent does the trick for me. :( Transmission is way too simplistic and it is only good when you have few torrents in it. Even with colour grouping, I cannot possibly manage all those torrent I want to keep active without going mad..
     
  4. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

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    ~/Library/Application Support/CrossOver/Bottles/{name of bottle}/drive_c is used as "C:\" to Windows applications.

    You can directly open that in the CrossOver "Manage Bottles" application under the "Configure" menu. Choose the "Advanced" tab and click "Open C: Drive in Finder".

    I run uTorrent under CrossOver without your issue, although I do not pre-allocate files. In general, it works wonderfully, far better than Transmission with large numbers of torrents and better speeds as well. I set uTorrent's directories to use my Mac directories and save to Downloads and Incomplete folders off my home directory and don't have it store torrents in the "C:" structure.
     
  5. StrangeCargo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    First of all, thnx for your answer. :)

    Well, I had tried looking for any desktop folder in the place you indicated, but unsuccessfully. However, your answer spurred me to try looking for it once more, and it turns out that the "Desktop" folder was a bit deeper than I though; more specifically in: ~/Library/Application Support/CrossOver/Bottles/{name of bottle}/drive_c/windows/profiles/crossover/desktop

    As for the µTorrent problem now, I think that I might need to stop file pre-allocation from now own as well, or at least stop using the Delete and Remove .torrent & Data feature, and just delete the bloody files manually.. :rolleyes:

    However, there still is the issue of all that space that I know is being taken up by thin air, that I need to get back.. So, if anyone can help on that one, I'd be forever grateful. :p
     
  6. Mr. Zarniwoop macrumors demi-god

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    Guessing maybe it's not deleting your incomplete or maybe complete torrents? If you look in both directories, what's in there?
     
  7. StrangeCargo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Well, both complete and incomplete files are put in the same folder. So when I start a .torrent, µTorrent pre-allocates the space with the files it is supposed to download. When I "Remove and Delete .torrent + Data", you can see the files and folders of that torrent gone, but the disk space remains the same. And they are not in the Mac Trash either. I was kind of wondering whether µTorrent kind of "sends" those files and folders, along with the .torrent file, to the supposed Windows "Recycle Bin", but I don't think there really is one within the CrossOver folders, unlike a Windows "Desktop" folder. After all, when I "Get Info" for the CrossOver folder in ~/Library/Application Support/CrossOver/, I can see it's barely 100mb; nowhere near the many gb this thing with µTorrent has cost me..
     
  8. Manuelmorano macrumors newbie

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    Recover space hd eaten by CrossOver + Utorrent Wine

    Hi, I'm italian, sorry for my bad english

    Download "WhatSize" or other utility to show hidden files on your hard disk
    then delete the files in following folder:
    Users/YOUR NAME/.local/share/Trash/
     
  9. StrangeCargo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    FINALLY! Thnx very much! All that junk that was supposed to have been deleted were in Users/YOUR NAME/.local/share/Trash/Files.. And that app is not bad either.. I've always wanted a quick way of knowing the size of folders other that the "Get Info" thingy.. ;)

    CASE SOLVED
     
  10. eddiepez macrumors newbie

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    Doesn't work for me...

    Hi Guys

    I tried what Manuel (I'm Italian too) suggested and that seemed to have solved the problem for StrangeCargo but it doesnàt work for me.

    I don't use CrossOver I just use Utorrent but I did notice that since I started using my new MacBook (only a month ago) almost 20 GB of space have disappeared.

    If I go on Whatsize and follow users/MYNAME/ I cannot find the .local folder
    And by checking around I cannot seem to be able to find out where that space has disappeared.

    Can anyone help?

    Let me specify that I am a computer dumb :eek:

    Thanks
     
  11. H$R macrumors 6502

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    You have to specify a bit. You said you're not using CrossOver ok so far.

    Are you using the uTorrent (Beta) for Mac or the windows utorrent.exe (it works through Darwine as some might know)


    I don't have a .local folder there too, could it be that CrossOver (and other apps) create that folder there?


    (I am wondering because I tried to use Darwine with a few other Windows only programmes and they might have left some data in some hidden folder, maybe they have not. Would be nice to check.)
     
  12. eddiepez macrumors newbie

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    Hi

    this is what I can tell you about my utorrent

    it's version 0.9.0 and I am quite positive it's te Mac version not the .exe version for windows
     
  13. H$R macrumors 6502

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    Yes that's the Mac Version.

    Sadly I haven't used it yet, because I didn't had to download a torrent since the Mac Version is out. So I can't really help. (just wanted to make sure what version you run, so others can help you more efficient.)

    What exactly do you do when you have finished a torrent? I guess it puts it into the download folder and from there you decide where you move them, right?

    I don't see where it could even make a copy of the files when you move it out the download folder. You just move the files from one folder to another, or do I get something wrong here?

    The thread started had a slightly different problem, because he used it in kind of a virtual environment and then had to COPY the files over to his (native) Mac environment.
     
  14. eddiepez macrumors newbie

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    yes that is exactly how you descrive it.
    Well I can live with it for now.
    Thank you for your help
     

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