Disc space full miraculously?

jakek140

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Jan 8, 2012
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I'v had my mac since christmas, been getting new stuff i.e World of warcraft and suddenly, out of the blue, 900GB+ has been filled? Pleas shlep me :confused::confused::confused:
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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For space issues, there are a few things you can try:
  • Begin by restarting your computer as a first step. This sometimes resolves issues.
  • Search with Finder to see if the space is being consumed by a very large file or several large files. Adjust the 50GB in the illustration to whatever size you deem appropriate.
  • For Time Machine users on Lion, Time Machine local snapshots may be consuming space.
  • Use DiskInventory X (pre-Lion), OmniDiskSweeper, JDisk Report or GrandPerspective to see how space is being used on your drive. Some of these apps may show more detail than others, so try several.
 

jakek140

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Jan 8, 2012
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This resolved itself, ty. Capacity 999.35 GB
Available 938.77 GB.
 

jakek140

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Jan 8, 2012
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nope this has messed back up again.
Free 269mb, but miraculously, disk sweeper says that apps is only using around 500 mb ish
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Why is DiskInventory X listed as pre-Lion?
Because it doesn't show accurate results in Lion. When they update it, I'll change that post. As balamw indicated, apparently they're working on it with a beta.
nope this has messed back up again.
Free 269mb, but miraculously, disk sweeper says that apps is only using around 500 mb ish
As I said, they don't all show the same results, so try a few different apps.
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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Because it doesn't show accurate results in Lion. When they update it, I'll change that post. As balamw indicated, apparently they're working on it with a beta.

As I said, they don't all show the same results, so try a few different apps.
Disk space discrepancies are nothing new since Apple went all base 10 in Snow Leopard. I would not consider just a Lion issue. The Universal beta of Disk Inventory X has been around for years.
 

GGJstudios

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May 16, 2008
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Disk space discrepancies are nothing new since Apple went all base 10 in Snow Leopard. I would not consider just a Lion issue.
No, it's not the base-10 issue, as it works fine in SL. It is way off in accuracy in Lion. There have been several reports about this in various threads, but I'm too lazy to dig for them right now. You're welcome to try it and compare results with the other apps.
 

Eidorian

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Mar 23, 2005
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No, it's not the base-10 issue, as it works fine in SL. It is way off in accuracy in Lion. There have been several reports about this in various threads, but I'm too lazy to dig for them right now. You're welcome to try it and compare results with the other apps.
Frankly, I have given up on getting accurate disk space information under OS X. OS X, Apple's own applications, and third party ones all give me different stories.
 

GGJstudios

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theSeb

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Aug 10, 2010
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Frankly, I have given up on getting accurate disk space information under OS X. OS X, Apple's own applications, and third party ones all give me different stories.
du -h -d1 will always give you the RIGHT story.

or sudo du -h -d1 depending on where you are.

also df

I've gone through this question about disk space a number of times and these posts come up at least once a day on this subforum and on the macbook pro and macbook air subforums so between those the op should be able to find the answer. I've even compiled a tutorial to help get one started, which is in my sig.