El Capitan frees disc space?

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by offthehook, Sep 30, 2015.

  1. offthehook macrumors member

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    Hey guys!

    Just installed El Capitan and it freed around 25 gigs of space for me on my Macbook Pro 15''.
    Is this normal? I went from 25 gigs of free space to around 51 gigs. I'm a bit worried that I might have lost some important data or personal files? So far nothing seems to be missing ... still I'm curious.

    Thanks in advance for your help
     
  2. RobFog macrumors regular

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    Having updated from Yosemite, Mavericks, …?
     
  3. KALLT macrumors 601

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    Maybe you had a huge cache that the system got rid of.
     
  4. offthehook thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi RobFog! Upgraded from Yosemite!
     
  5. offthehook thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi KALLT! Seems that nothing is missing so that could be a possibility. Still, 25 gigs seems to be an awful lot. Anyond else got the same "problem"?
     
  6. CarreraGuy macrumors regular

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    I remember seeing disk space free up when I upgraded from Snow Leopard to Mavericks with my ancient 2010 MBP 13".

    Don't remember how much, probably around 5 gigs but it was enough for me to notice.

    I bet it was some sort of sleep cache file... how much RAM do you have?

    BTW I am upgrading from Yosemite as I write this write now! Wish me luck!
     
  7. offthehook thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi CarreraGuy, thanks for the reply. I have 16 gigs of RAM in my machine. Good luck mate! And if you have a spare Carrera let me know!:)
     
  8. Brad9893 macrumors 6502

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    The upgrade to El Capitan freed up around 20 GB's of free space for me too. Before I had around 66 GB's free, and now I have 86 GB free. I also have 16 GB of RAM.
     
  9. offthehook thread starter macrumors member

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    Hi Brad! Thanks for the reply! Glad to hear I'm not alone. Won't complain about 20 gigs of free memory but thought it was quite odd as I could not find anything about this on the web.
     
  10. Sekelani macrumors 6502

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    Sounds like a cache error on your side. Glad el captain was able to give you some space.
    I still gotta update my MacBook tonight when I get home. Looking forward to the new features.
     
  11. Flabasha macrumors member

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    Yeah, I'm guessing it mostly just cleaned out your sleepimage file, which, if you have 16GB of RAM, will be 16GB in size. After you use the computer for a while, it will build that file back up.
     
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