How to reduce "other" storage in ios

Discussion in 'iMac' started by tonykriegmaui, Dec 30, 2015.

  1. tonykriegmaui macrumors newbie

    Dec 23, 2010
    Maui Hawaii
    Just received my 27" imac i7 with 500ssd and installed my programs etc from my mac mini and afterword I checked the storage from the about this mac and found that it was taking up over 200gb in "other".

    Are there any better tutorials than this article to slim it down?
  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Other is an obtuse catchall it seems that OS X uses that confuses and confounds people more then it helps

    I recommend that you download and use OmniDiskSweeper. It will provide a sorted list of what's consuming your space.

    If you run it with sudo (As shown below), it will include some system files that it woud not normally have access to scan. That is a more accurate representation of what's consuming your drive. I generally don't go this far, but if you want a complete list its helpful. I think the default option of just running it is just fine and I do that then run manually.
    sudo /Applications/
  3. desmond2046 macrumors regular


    Jun 2, 2015
    Columbus, OH, United States
    I use MacPorts and keep a quite large unix software library for my research. They are installed under /opt, /Library, etc. It seems all of them are counted as "other".

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