excessive,unaccounted for storage use?!?

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by zephonic, Aug 18, 2013.

  1. zephonic macrumors 65816

    zephonic

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    See attached screenshot.

    System folder clocks in at 5.43 GB and Library folder at 3.39 GB. So what is this "other" taking up 50GB???

    Mind you, this is brand-spanking new 13" MBA, less than two months old.
     

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  2. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    have a time machine/capsule?

    probably local snapshots
    http://support.apple.com/kb/HT4878
     
  3. zephonic thread starter macrumors 65816

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    Thanks for your reply, but no. Time Machine is disabled.
     
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  5. zephonic thread starter macrumors 65816

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  6. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    get daisy disk or something like it and go fishing.

    alternatively you can do it finder. go into folder options (command-j) and select "calculate all sizes" then apply as default.

    give it a few minutes to do the math, sort folders by size, and do some top down processing starting with / and find the offending files.

    do you run vmware or parallels?

    by the way, not to lecture you but you really should be backing up your system with TM or something like it.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the storage tab is about, this may help explain: For space issues not explained by the above, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply: Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question:
     
  8. zephonic thread starter macrumors 65816

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    I did. Turns out there is 12GB mailbox cache, and 9GB app support in library. That explains a lot.

    I use SuperDuper for that. I dislike TimeMachine.

    Thanks all for your replies!
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    You might consider Carbon Copy Cloner, as it also backs up the OS X recovery partition, which SuperDuper does not.
     
  10. DisplacedMic macrumors 65816

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    oh good - as long as you are for scuba err backing up, i am at pee
     

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