Data generating problem

mikelamar

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 23, 2016
23
1
Hi guys, suddenly yesterday I got a message that my SSD 250GB is full. The weired is that Im a designer and I only use this drive for Adobe programs and macOSX.
I searched and found some caches files from Adobe After Effects which I deleted them permanently. But now I got a new message that the disk is full again. So I bought Daisy disk to analyze my drive and showed me that there are 160GB of hidden data that I cannot find their location at the moment.
Does anyone have similar problem. I want to avoid formating my drive as you can understand.
 

Fishrrman

macrumors P6
Feb 20, 2009
17,449
5,665
Do this, and you'll quickly find what's eating up that disk space.

1. Download "DiskWave" (it's small and free) from here:
https://diskwave.barthe.ph
2. Open DiskWave
3. Go to preferences and choose to make normally-inivisible files VISIBLE.
4. DiskWave will list files, from largest to smallest, in plain English.

What's taking up the space?
 

mikelamar

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 23, 2016
23
1
Do this, and you'll quickly find what's eating up that disk space.

1. Download "DiskWave" (it's small and free) from here:
https://diskwave.barthe.ph
2. Open DiskWave
3. Go to preferences and choose to make normally-inivisible files VISIBLE.
4. DiskWave will list files, from largest to smallest, in plain English.

What's taking up the space?
3rd step can be done by pressing shft+cmd+. but I dont know any other way
 

Fishrrman

macrumors P6
Feb 20, 2009
17,449
5,665
"3rd step can be done by pressing shft+cmd+. but I dont know any other way"

Ummm....
Open DiskWave.
Go to preferences.
See the checkbox ... "Show Invisible Files" ????????
 

madmin

macrumors regular
Jun 14, 2012
155
116
There's a terminal command that can help you:

/usr/bin/brctl evict ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/**/*/*

This will evict all iCloud Drive files from your local drive without removing them from iCloud drive. It keeps placeholder files that will re-download individual files from iCloud when clicked on. It's also possible to limit what's removed to particular files or folders by adjusting the /**/*/* section at the end of the command or by changing directory and running the command without the full path name that I've listed, e.g:

cd ~/Library/Mobile\ Documents/com~apple~CloudDocs/nameOfFolderYouWantToRemove/
/usr/bin/brctl evict /**/*/*

See the man page for more details:

man brctl
 
  • Like
Reactions: Fishrrman

mikelamar

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Mar 23, 2016
23
1
The problem is that where hidden and spent several hours to understand what was happening.