Deleted folders but HD is still full????

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by velag2011, Dec 16, 2011.

  1. velag2011 macrumors newbie

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    Dear fellow mac lovers,

    I have a question regarding my 5 years old mac book pro (OS X 10.5). By the years the HD gets full and I deleted most of the files to make space for new things. But my HD is still showing that its full, even thought when i check the size of individual folders, they occupy bare minimum. So, could some one help me to get my HD space back.

    Thanks in advance.

    Best,

    RV
     
  2. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    im assuming you emptied the trash?
     
  3. velag2011 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes sir
     
  4. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    how much free space do you think you should have vs what it shows you have?

    are you on lion?

    time machine takes local snapshots on lion
     
  5. harcosparky macrumors 68020

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    The only time I saw a problem like this ( HDD space gobbled up ) it was a user induced error.

    It was on a non-Intel Powermac when the user attempted to install an Intel CPU Only application.

    Nothing we did could remedy the issue except the extreme action of .....
    Repartitioning/Reformatting and reinstalling the OS.

    I doubt it is your issue, but might be something to look in to.


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  6. squeakr macrumors 68000

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    Someone in the Lion forum just had something of the same sort and turned out that a user folder had several movie files in it that nothing was reporting them as present (Info, DiskUtilty, and several 3rd party mapping apps).
     
  7. velag2011 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actual size: 92.84 GB
    Used: 92.74 GB
    Available: 100.3 MB

    If i calculate all the fold sizes, they are coming around 40 GB. I intentionally deleted all the folders leaving couple currently using ones. But this did not emptyed my HD.



     
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  9. warvanov macrumors 6502a

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    Do you have an external drive you could use to back up your stuff and then reformat and reinstall? It wouldn't solve this mystery but it would probably solve the problem in a matter of hours.
     
  10. velag2011 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yes....
     
  11. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    are you on Lion and using Time Machine?
     
  12. velag2011 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The original pro came with Tiger, at some point i upgraded to Leopard. Currently its leopard on my system, and I never setup Time machine on this system.
     
  13. heisenberg123 macrumors 603

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    what program did you use to calculate space used, or are you just using the folder sizes Finder is telling you?
     
  14. velag2011 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    By using finder and adding up all individual folder sizes...
     

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