Finder eats my SSD space! Please, help!

MicHD

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jun 6, 2013
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Hello :apple:
What is going on: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/70138077/Finder_eats_my_ssd_space.mov

I'm using my MacBook Pro Retina Mid 2012. 60GB free... and then all of a sudden Finder starts eating SSD free space so it's just melting away to Zero bytes...

I didn't find the resolve here, so please help me understand what is wrong and how can I cure my hungry Finder.

P.S. At first I thought it could be some Adobe cache files growing, but there's only one folder for all adobe media cache and it stays same size. Anyway, my only way so far is to relaunch Finder and restart system to get back my free space.
 

justperry

macrumors G4
Aug 10, 2007
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Home is everywhere and nowhere.
Hello :apple:
What is going on: https://dl.dropboxusercontent.com/u/70138077/Finder_eats_my_ssd_space.mov

I'm using my MacBook Pro Retina Mid 2012. 60GB free... and then all of a sudden Finder starts eating SSD free space so it's just melting away to Zero bytes...

I didn't find the resolve here, so please help me understand what is wrong and how can I cure my hungry Finder.

P.S. At first I thought it could be some Adobe cache files growing, but there's only one folder for all adobe media cache and it stays same size. Anyway, my only way so far is to relaunch Finder and restart system to get back my free space.
Switch off TimeMachine LocalBackup.
But, by doing so you loose anything that has changed after your last backup.

Edit: Open terminal and enter the following

sudo tmutil disablelocal
Hit Enter.
Enter password.

For usage type :

man tmutil
 

justperry

macrumors G4
Aug 10, 2007
10,175
5,319
Home is everywhere and nowhere.
But I didn't even set up TM. It's off all the time.
Ah, most of the time it was the above.

Open Activity Monitor, see how many pageouts you have and memory, also look at a runaway process, if you don't know how post a screenshot here.(Command-Shift-4, hit spacebar then click on window)

Edit: See SS removed
 
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benwiggy

macrumors 68020
Jun 15, 2012
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all of a sudden Finder starts eating SSD free space so it's just melting away to Zero bytes...
I'm not sure I understand "Finder is eating free space". You mean Finder is reporting no free space?
You say you relaunch Finder and restart. Does relaunching the Finder on its own fix the problem, or do you just need to restart?

If you aren't using Time Machine, make sure you have another backup strategy in place, or you WILL lose your data.
 

MicHD

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Jun 6, 2013
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I found out what starts the process of counting down free space on my drive. First, I connect an external hard drive (usb 3.0, seagate, ntfs) with some files copied from windows pc. Then I click on a folder with a bunch of files I need to work with. But instead: finder shows no files, starts using cpu, and count down free space on ssd internal drive (not the usb connected one!). All is how it is on my video in first post.
Any ideas?
Maybe it's a kind of virus?

Also: windows pc says that that folder is corrupt. and it can't delete it. says error 0x80070091