Hard drive full

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  1. PMYeomansJr macrumors newbie

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    #1
    Here is my issue. The drive states its almost full. 415GB used of a 500GB HD. I am running Sierra on an iMac. When I go into manage it states the system is using all of the space and its grayed out. I do not know how to free up this space. I have run disk utilities thinking maybe the drive is corrupt, but the problem persists. I have 6 of these identical iMacs and this s the only one with this issue. Any help would be much appreciated. Thank you! iMac2.JPG iMac1.JPG
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Download and use OmniDiskSweeper. It will provide a sorted list of what's consuming your space.
     
  3. PMYeomansJr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you. I tried it, but ran into the same issue. The drive is full, but its saying there is only 118.7GB used.
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  4. Fishrrman macrumors P6

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    Something in the "usr" folder is eating up all that space.

    I'm going to -guess- that this has something to do with letting the OS "manage" your storage.

    I -DO NOT- let the OS "manage" my storage.
    I manage it ... myself.
     
  5. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Run this command in Terminal and give it a couple minutes to finish, then tell us the output. This will show the size of all the base folders in GB, including some system and hidden files.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
    Also, do you happen to have Time Machine turned on?

    http://support.apple.com/en-us/HT202301
    That usr folder is only 516MB, so I don't think that is the problem.
     
  6. PMYeomansJr thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thank you!

    Here is the output:

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    Also, I do not usually allow the OS to manage my storage. I turned it on due to this issue hoping something would change. Thank you all for your help.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Your Users folder is very large. Do you think you have 393GB of personal data in there?

    You can run this to drill down in that folder a little.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g ~/
     
  8. chown33, Oct 8, 2018
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    chown33 macrumors 604

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    There might be data outside the login account's folder, such as in /Users/Shared.

    To get a more detailed view:
    Code:
    sudo du -d 2 -x -c -g /Users
    
    Also: @PMYeomansJr please know that text can be drag-selected in the Terminal.app window, then copied to the clipboard with ⌘C, and pasted into a post using CODE tags. This would be simpler than making a screenshot and uploading the image.


    The reason I suspect data outside the login folder is that post #3 says 66.9 GB in /Users, while the du output in post #6 says 393 GB. That's a difference of over 300 GB. If post #3 was run as a non-root user, then any number of folders might be inaccessible, in locations other than the login account folder.
     
  9. isseask, Oct 13, 2018
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    isseask macrumors newbie

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    The most common approach is to install this cleaning program on your Mac , which can be used to free up space on Mac by deleting cookies and cache data .
     
  10. Gregg2 macrumors 603

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    Watch out for "cleaning" apps. Some delete things you don't want to delete, and cause problems.
     
  11. monockk, Oct 14, 2018
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    monockk macrumors newbie

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    +1 such as downloads, cookies and cache data
     

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