Hard Drive Almost Full

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by benader1, Jul 22, 2013.

  1. benader1 macrumors newbie

    Jul 22, 2013
    Hello Everyone,

    Ive tried searching some threads to figure out why my hard drive on my macbook pro is close to full. Ive found little things here and there to gain a gig or two. Ive used Onyx to clear caches and general cleaning. I ran disk inventory X. I found two large files that I attached the inventory that I have screenshots of, just couldnt figure out how to add here. One is an 8.5 gig disk image file. The other is a document called sleepimage. I am not sure what either of these are or why they are so big, but I also have 26 gigs of document files. 13.6 of installer packages, 1.7 of pdfs, and 6.8 of preview documents. the rest are 68 files under 100kb, maybe 20 between 100kb and 1mb. the rest are about 50 between 1mb and 400 mb.

    I am confused as to where all this space came from. I do not really use my computer for much else. I took about 40 gig of music off onto my hard drive. There is about 40 more gig of music editing software, and then I have adobe cs3. Thats really all I use for my computer. no games or anything, So I am wondering if a virus or something has killed all my space.

    Thank you all for the help, and if there is a way to upload those screenshots of disk inventory, let me know.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    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:
  3. KUguardgrl13 macrumors 68020


    May 16, 2013
    Kansas, USA
    If you've never emptied the Downloads folder on the Dock, that's a good place to start deleting unnecessary files. If you've downloaded and removed a lot of programs, you may have some files that weren't removed properly. I wouldn't recommend trying to delete those unless you know enough about plists, launch daemons, etc.
  4. eddles13 macrumors newbie

    Sep 14, 2012
    I've seen this happen a lot to people and it's usually 1 of 2 things...

    1) You're archiving mail from the mail app or outlook on your hard drive
    2) Your iPod/iPhone/iPad backups take a LOT of space, especially if you have multiple devices

    Check those out as well
  5. TheBearman, Jul 22, 2013
    Last edited: Jul 22, 2013

    TheBearman macrumors 6502

    May 23, 2008
    Cary, NC
    I've always found media my biggest consumer of disk space. Music, videos, pictures add up quickly.

    BTW: DaisyDisk works great.
  6. thundersteele macrumors 68030

    Oct 19, 2011
    how big is your hdd in total?

    sleepimage is the space that OSX reserves to write the RAM to when you put the laptop into a deep sleep (or when the battery runs out). You can disable this feature (google how to do it) and delete the file, though I wouldn't do it.

    The 8.5 GB disc image file: Where is it located?

    Other than that, I would start by deleting the installer packages. And check if there are any huge applications that you don't need.
  7. EricT43 macrumors regular

    Oct 5, 2011
    Also, empty the trash if you haven't already done so. Disk space is not freed by deleting files until the trash is emptied.

    +1 to deleting installer packages. In almost every case, you can download them from the software publisher if you need them again.

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