Disk Space Issue - conflicting info

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  1. UPBaylor macrumors member

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    I have a late 2009 Macbook (white unibody) and I'm trying to upgrade to Yosemite. I keep getting an error message saying that I don't have enough memory to do so. However, I know there is very little on the hard drive (SSD replaced by me less than a year ago). Running my disk utility, it says I have 200GB of 240GB available. There is only a single partition to the drive. So, I'm stuck and coming here for suggestions.

    And, FWIW, I upped the RAM to 8 GB years ago.

    Anyone have any thoughts?
     
  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Run the command below in Terminal and give it a minute to complete, then post the results up here for us to take a look. This command will list the base folders and the size of each in GB.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
     
  3. UPBaylor thread starter macrumors member

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    Thanks! I will do so as soon as I get back to that computer.
     
  4. UPBaylor, Sep 14, 2015
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    UPBaylor thread starter macrumors member

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    Here is a copy/paste of the results:

    1 /.DocumentRevisions-V100
    1 /.fseventsd
    1 /.MobileBackups
    1 /.Spotlight-V100
    0 /.Trashes
    0 /.vol
    7 /Applications
    1 /bin
    1 /dev
    1 /home
    6 /Library
    1 /net
    10 /private
    1 /sbin
    4 /System
    197 /Users
    1 /usr
    1 /Volumes
    222 /
    222 total

    I have no idea what this all means or how to interpret this. The one thing that kind of stands out to me is the 197 /Users. Don't know what it means, but this computer never had more than a single user set up on it - at least intentionally.

    Thanks for any help or suggestions as to where to go next.
     
  5. TyWahn macrumors 6502

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    What OS does it have? It needs at least Snow Leopard to upgrade anything past that OS.
     
  6. UPBaylor thread starter macrumors member

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    10.7.5 Not sure the name associated with this one. Some things I'm kind knowledgable about and some things I'm completely clueless.

    But, I think I have solved my original problem in terms of space but I still don't understand it. My wife has a (Microsoft) One Drive folder on the computer and it had nearly 200 GB of videos. I'm uploading those right now to her cloud One Drive account, then I'll delete.

    However, I still don't understand that when I ran my disk diagnostics it was showing nearly 200 GB of free space when the hard drive only has 240 GB capacity. I clearly haven't learned Apple's architecture - probably because it's never really been an issue that needed investigating.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Okay... let's drill down a little more in the /Users folder and see what is going on.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /Users
    Run this command to see what is going on there. You can modify the command to keep looking. For example, /Users/bob/Documents would show you how much space that folder is using. You get the idea.
     
  8. UPBaylor thread starter macrumors member

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    Here's what I get:

    1 /Users/Shared
    197 /Users/wife'sname
    197 /Users
    197 total

    Then, when I use wife's name, I get a series of 1 / folders, but the one that is different and probably counts is this one:

    180 /Users/wife'sname/OneDrive

    What does the 180 mean? 180 GB or just folders or something else?
     
  9. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Yep... 180 there means there is 180GB of data in that folder, so that seems like the culprit.
     

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