Disk Space, other Macos

Discussion in 'macOS' started by Libertine82, Apr 6, 2017.

  1. Libertine82 macrumors newbie

    Libertine82

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    Trying to free up space on a mac running el capitano, there is 40gb in other, the HD is only 60GB... when i look in finder, the top level of the user profile is 40GB, but all the folders under that, desktop documents etc add up to 12GB, any idea where the files at the top level are hiding?

    Thanks

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  2. maflynn Moderator

    maflynn

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    Download and use OmniDiskSweeper. It will provide a sorted list of what's consuming your space.

    Another option is to use this terminal command
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /

    I prefer to redirect it to a text file (this puts it in your Documents folder
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g / > ~/Documents/du.txt
     
  3. Libertine82 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Libertine82

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    #3
    Thank you, im just new to macos and i do find it hard compared to windows to find where disk space is being used. I will try out those steps on my mac at home. I resolved the issue with above by backing up up her data, there wasnt a lot, then deleting her profile creating a new one. Yeah, sledge hammer to crack a nut... least i will have your suggestions next time.

    Niall
     
  4. Fishrrman macrumors G4

    Fishrrman

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    Alternative thing to try:

    Download the free little app called DiskWave:
    https://diskwave.barthe.ph

    Just launch it.
    You'll see what to do next.
    TIP: choose the preference to make normally-invisible files VISIBLE.

    I find this much easier to use than the other "graphic-oriented" apps out there.
     
  5. Libertine82 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Libertine82

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    Thanks, i will give it a whirl when i get home from work. Sounds a bit like tree size that i used to use on windows.
     

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