Disk Utility Clean Up

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  1. BlackBisonAMG macrumors newbie

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    I am having a hard time cleaning up my disk space. I cant seem to figure out what comprises and makes up "Other". Is there a way or a program that can dive in a little deeper to tell me what is taking up so much space? I don't have a lot store on this computer so I'm a little baffled on what is taking up so much space.

    Thank you for your help in advance.
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  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Other is everything that does not fit into one of the remaining listed categories. Thing like the OS and documents for example. That said, this storage readout is a complete mess in Yosemite and El Capitan and almost always wrong.

    Ignoring the categories, does the total space used sound about right?

    You can reindex Spotlight with the command below in Terminal and it will sometimes correct that storage readout, but it will usually drift off again. Give the command a half hour or so to complete.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
     
  3. Ulenspiegel macrumors 68030

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    Try to use (free) DiskWave, it would most certainly help identifying files and cleaning up disk space.
    Good luck!
     
  4. BlackBisonAMG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I really appreciate both your comments. DiskWave seems to be exactly what i was looking for. Thank you!
     
  5. sniffs macrumors regular

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    Check out Daisydisk. It's very nice looking and does this also.
     
  6. BLUEDOG314 macrumors regular

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    The easiest free program I know of and use it Omnidisksweeper.
     
  7. BlackBisonAMG thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I really appreciate all of the suggestions. DiskWave ended up doing the the trick. It doesnt look that good but it worked. Ill check out Daisydisk and Omnidisksweeper as well.
     
  8. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP wrote above:
    "DiskWave ended up doing the the trick. It doesnt look that good but it worked."

    I prefer applications that "do the job" over those that just "look good".

    That's why -- whenever a user is having a problem trying to figure out "where the disk space went" -- I point the way towards DiskWave.

    It's got a "plain-Jane" look, but it WORKS beautifully.
    And once you launch it, it becomes obvious immediately as to what to do next...
     
  9. afluriach macrumors newbie

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    For visualizing space usage, I prefer DiskInventoryX.

    It is a tree-map file viewer. It shows size by directory as well as file-type but also visualize use among subfolders:

    This is what the MacPorts /opt/local/ looks like:

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    and all that application data in Library that gets created in the background:

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