hidden disk usage outside of user folder

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by vexorg, Jul 5, 2016.

  1. vexorg macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    I've got something hidden on the mac that seems to be growing. The disk usage is about 100Gb more than the user folder.

    What would yosemite by hiding, and can it be purged as the drive usage was never that high before for the non-user folder space.

    Is there an easy way to list the folder size in terminal for the hidden stuff, du lists all files, I only want the current folder sizes to see where the usage is.
  2. dsemf macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2014
    Run the following in terminal as an admin:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
    Adjust the "/" to drill down directories to get sub-directory sizes.

  3. mildocjr macrumors 65816

    This could be one of your third party applications if any are installed, Parallels had an issue where the vm log file would get out of hand, saw sizes of up to ~20GB for just that file. You might try running Disk Inventory X to see what is taking up all the space, figure out what the associated program is and adjust the preferences for that application to see if you can stop it. If not you have 2 options:

    1) Go in once in a while and delete the file(s), or write a script to do this. (bonus points for you if you make it a daemon that runs automatically)
    2) Delete the offending program and find an alternative.
  4. JohnDS macrumors 65816

    Oct 25, 2015
    Download the free Disk Inventory X: disk inventory x

    It will show you what is taking up space on your drive.
  5. vexorg thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    Thanks, will dig a bit deeper
  6. vexorg thread starter macrumors 6502a

    Aug 4, 2009
    Mail, old iPhone backups seem to be the cause, along with parallels has jumped up significantly.

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