How to get rid of "other" data on MBA?

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  1. JerTheGeek macrumors 68000

    JerTheGeek

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    This Other data is crazy. Idk how it can be taking up that much. How can i figure out what it is composed of and most importantly how can i get rid of it?
    Im running el cap and this is a 2014 13 MBA.
     

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  2. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Update: I found out my library of local photos and videos is 67+ GB. That is likely a large portion of the "other" data. However, that still leaves like 60+ GB of other data.
     
  3. Shirasaki macrumors 604

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    Any data cannot be recognised as music, video, apps, photos and backups, will likely be categoried to "others". That is to say, even system files can be treated as "others" because they do not fall into any of such categories.

    Therefore, "others" is inevitable. But if you can regularly clear browser cache, remove downloaded files, and clean unused non-system folders and files, you can minimise this "others".

    Even not need to mention that clean install Mac OS X does have a certain amount of "others". ;)
     
  4. barbu macrumors regular

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    Check the size of your Home folder. Anything not in "Home" should be left alone, generally speaking...
     
  5. dianeoforegon macrumors 6502a

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    Download OmniDiskSweeper. It will show you exactly where your larges files are located. (free)

    http://www.omnigroup.com/products/omnidisksweeper/
     
  6. benthewraith macrumors 68040

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    Disable Time Machine local backups if you haven't.
     
  7. DeltaMac macrumors 604

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    The Storage graph is notoriously inaccurate, and the Spotlight database determines those various categories.
    One method that you can use to make that graph more accurate is to rebuild the Spotlight database.
    There's a simple terminal command to do that. But, I use a simple method in the System Preferences/Spotlight pref pane.
    Click on the Privacy tab, click the (+) button, then add your hard drive.
    Wait a few seconds, then select your hard drive from the list in that pref pane, and click the (-) to remove it.
    Close the pref pane.
    The Spotlight database will start to rebuild, which will take anywhere from 5 minutes to a couple of hours, depending a lot on the speed and size of your hard drive. When the rebuild completes, you will see much of the Other is gone, redistributed to some other categories (colors)
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Just ignore it. That readout is completely screwed up on Yosemite. You can reindex Spotlight like DeltaMac suggested and it will be okay for a while, but expect it to get messed up again.
     
  9. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    I was trying to restore a 5s on iOS 9 PB last night, to get it back to 8.4 so my sister could use it. I was having issues, got it fixed and ended up using iTunes on another computer. Anyway, iTunes downloaded the 8.4 file it seems like multiple times. How do i get it deleted, as i might have like 2 or even 3 copies of it downloaded?
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    It would be in this folder. ~ is your personal users folder. Just triple click the text below to select it then right click and in Services select Reveal in Finder.

    Code:
    ~/Library/iTunes/iPhone Software Updates
     
  11. JerTheGeek thread starter macrumors 68000

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    its empty, so I guess I'm good. A month or so ago I secure emptied the trash and it worked great; cleared a lot of stuff. But I'm not seeing that option anymore when i cmd+right click, in the latest el cap PB.
     
  12. Aquamite macrumors regular

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    This won't clear up the other data. Disabling Time Machine local backups only clears up the backup data and the picture shows none of this kind of data in the drive.
     
  13. deviant macrumors 65816

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    don't use os x storage info. use something like whatsize (it's not free, but it's gorgeous). it's so easy to track stuff you don't need and poof it.
     
  14. Aquamite macrumors regular

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    I use Dr. Cleaner which is free to download from the Mac App Store. Among its functionalities it has an option for finding big files on your drive to help you clean it from unused junk you have stored. It divides big files into categories and then arrange the file list in descending order by their size. It's useful but not totally reliable as it doesn't show all the GB of files that OS X storage info says I have.

    Link to the Mac App Store: https://itunes.apple.com/es/app/dr.-cleaner-disk-memory-cache/id921458519?l=en&mt=12
     

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