Disk space not being freeing up

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by MontyMo, Aug 4, 2015.

  1. MontyMo macrumors newbie

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    Hello.
    I have a 1 TB SSD hard disk. I noticed I had ~200GB available space. I moved 384GB to an external drive. The space did not become available. I now have about 191GB free.

    I have run First Aid in the Disk Utility twice. I have rebooted three times. Mac OS X reports 808GB used.

    The four sub folders usage added up to much less.
    Applications+Library+System+Users = ~265GB used.

    Has anyone seen this behavior? Are there hidden files somewhere?

    Thanks
    Monty
     
  2. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    DaisyDisk is a good software to solve this kind of problem.
     
  3. MontyMo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks,
    I purchased DaisyDisk. IT reports I have 586GB of hidden space. Any thoughts on how I can recover this space?


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  4. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    Click that blue "Disks and Folders", don't choose view or scan, but click the little arrow next to it and choose scan as admin.

    Then you may able to view the hidden files, or at least right click it and choose "move all items to collector" and then delete some of them to recover the space.
     
  5. MontyMo thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I found it.
    I scanned as administrator. I then found the file MobileBackups.Trash I deleted that file. The Finder now shows I have 700GB free. DaisyDisk now reports 6GB hidden space.
    Thank You so much!!!!

    Monty
     
  6. h9826790 macrumors 604

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    You are welcome. There are some hidden space cannot be safely recovered. Better not to touch that 6G files. Those files may be using by the system now.
     

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