HDD Space Issue

Discussion in 'macOS' started by clownbaby, Apr 7, 2009.

  1. clownbaby macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    #1
    Would it be possible to back up all my music, pictures, etc. on my external, wipe my hard drive, and then put it all back on, without an issue?

    I ask because I feel like there's hidden things taking up space that I want to get rid of.

    I think when I set up my mac about two years ago I messed something up when generating a use profile, and copied my iTunes music TWICE, and now that is still hidden somewhere and I can't find it, upwards of like 20 gigs just eating space.

    Thanks.
     
  2. kornyboy macrumors 68000

    Joined:
    Sep 27, 2004
    Location:
    Knoxville, TN (USA)
    #2
    Wirelessly posted (iPhone: Mozilla/5.0 (iPhone; U; CPU iPhone OS 2_2_1 like Mac OS X; en-us) AppleWebKit/525.18.1 (KHTML, like Gecko) Version/3.1.1 Mobile/5H11 Safari/525.20)

    Copy the libraries over to the external drive and you should be fine.
     
  3. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

    illegallydead

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location:
    Colorado!!!
    #3
    Save yourself the headache and try to find it first. Turn on hidden files and folders, just to be safe, and use Spotlight to try and find the Library. If the search comes back with, say, two Folders for a particular artist, and they are in separate locations, then, voila, you have your "hidden" 20 GB.

    If that fails, then yes, a clean install might help. But only if you are only saving your pictures, music, etc. A time machine backup would restore your "hidden" files back to exactly where they were.

    P.S. If you need help activating hidden files, here is a small .app that I wrote to make the process pretty painless. Shameless self-promotion aside, it is kind of nice :)
     

    Attached Files:

  4. miles01110 macrumors Core

    miles01110

    Joined:
    Jul 24, 2006
    Location:
    The Ivory Tower (I'm not coming down)
    #4
    You could also use an app like GrandPerspective to get a visual graphic of your hard drive and what's taking up the most space.
     
  5. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

    illegallydead

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location:
    Colorado!!!
    #5
    For a situation like this that might actually be more helpful, if it will show these two 20GB chunks... You might be on to something :cool:
     
  6. clownbaby thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    #6
    Thanks for the replies.

    If I end up doing a wipe, do I need the leopard disk or will it do a wipe of everything I have and leave the OS?
     
  7. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

    illegallydead

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location:
    Colorado!!!
    #7
    If you do a wipe you will need the install disk, as you cannot wipe the HDD you are using (obviously). You would need either the install disk, or to connect the HDD to another computer either through target disk mode, network install, or via a SATA->USB adapter.

    I think the only way to wipe "everything" and leave the OS may be to create a new user account and delete the old one. This may retain some of the bloat associated with keep the same OS running though. A clean wipe is ultimately better if you are going to take the time to do this anyway...
     
  8. clownbaby thread starter macrumors member

    Joined:
    Jan 16, 2009
    #8
    Yeah. I just feel like something is hogging space. According the "info" pane, the little house icon that is my account is 39 gigs or so out of 74. But, it tells me I only have 6 gigs free. I have this feeling that something is hogging space, I only have about 37 gigs in my iTunes, all told. GrandPerspective didn't help, partially because I'm not totally sure how to read it.

    Any other suggestions?
     
  9. illegallydead macrumors 6502a

    illegallydead

    Joined:
    Oct 22, 2007
    Location:
    Colorado!!!
    #9
    Hmmm.... Perhaps you have an extra user that was not deleted? I have no experience with Grand Perspective, so I am no help there.

    Once again, just make it better for yourself and get a newer, bigger, faster HDD. That will solve your lack of space problem, not to mention it will likely give your system a little more "snappiness".

    Just do a clean install, backing up your actual files, when you install the new drive. You will have much much much more room to breath.
     

Share This Page