Explain this to me, please. A storage space question

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by amabedesign, Dec 17, 2012.

  1. amabedesign macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012
    I have a 17-inch, late 2011 model MacBook Pro running OSX 10.8.2; 2.5 GHz Intel Core i7. Not sure if all of that was necessary but I tried.
    Today, I was exporting a PSD file from illustrator into photoshop, and Illustrator crashed with the message that my drive was full and that I needed to free up disk space. So, I did.
    I removed a lot of files that I didn't need, applications that I never use, backed up music and photos - to no avail. It now says I have less storage space than before I started. However, it also says in another window that I have more space than before. I'm confused and I'm posting images below.
    Please help!

  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Did you empty the Trash? Restart your Mac?

    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion/ML 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:
    Freeing up space in Mac OS X

    How OS X and iOS report storage capacity
  3. Brian Y macrumors 68040

    Oct 21, 2012
    Finder doesn't include "Local Backups" in your used space - since they're deleted automatically if you need to fill the drive.

    59.79 (Finder) - 37.38 (Local Backups) = 22.41 (Actual free space).

    You can disable them by running the following in Terminal:

    sudo tmutil disablelocal
  4. amabedesign thread starter macrumors newbie

    Dec 17, 2012
    thanks for your fast reply. :)

    I empty my trash every time I put something in it (OCD, I know.)

    Here's what I did:

    Backed up about 6GB of files (mainly Illustrator files I do not need now) to my external hard drive.
    Backed up about 14GB of photos to external.

    Placed the aforementioned (now backed up) files into the trash, deleted.


    Same issue.

    Removed more extraneous files.

    Same issue.

    The message I'm getting is that my "startup disk is full."


    okay this makes sense now! Thank you!

    Still having the same problem though. :(

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