Hard drive allocation - Missing GB?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by davidf8, Jun 13, 2011.

  1. davidf8 macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2011

    I have a 500GB hard drive installed in my MacBook Pro.

    33GB are used in Bootcamp, so that leaves 466 on the Mac side.

    If I get info on the mac partition, it says I have 466GB capacity, 95GB available and 370GB used.

    If I look up how the space is used, I have 96GB free, 181GB used by the user account, 5GB by system, 10GB by applications and 18GB by library.

    If I add up the user account, system, applications and library folder it equals 214GB. Where's the other 156GB, is it all hidden system files?

  2. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
  3. davidf8 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 13, 2011
    Backup folder


    Thanks for the tip. According to Grand Perspective there is a greyed out volumes folder in my main hard drive along with the system, library, applications and user folder.
    The backup folder in the volumes folder accounts for the missing GBs.
    Where does the volumes and backup folder come from? I don't use Time Machine, but do back up my hard drive with Super Duper to an external hard drive.
    Can I erase the volumes and backup folder?


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