HUGE Other Files on HD

tek210

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Jun 5, 2010
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Have a Mac mini that I bought about 6 months ago. It has a 500GB HD but I have now filled it up. When I look at the properties it has something that is 286GB in the Other category. I have a 1.5TB external hard drive running Time Machine so if it is a backup of some sort, I don't need it on the Mac. What is my best option to find this file? I think I should be somewhere in the 250GB range at this point.

Any help is appreciated.
 

GGJstudios

macrumors Westmere
May 16, 2008
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If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion storage tab is about, this may help explain:
For space issues not explained by the above, there are a few things you can try, some of which may or may not apply:
Here are a few resolutions found by others with the same question:
 

tek210

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Jun 5, 2010
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Appreciate the quick response. This will give me a great starting point.
 

RolledUp20s

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Jun 14, 2011
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Wrexham, North Wales
download 'GrandPerspective'
i managed to clean up a load of space using it. i had duplicate itunes libraries etc, this little app helps you see every file more clearly.

works for me anyway..
 

davekat

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Oct 1, 2012
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Gen Solution

Try this. Go into your itunes /preferences/Devices....and view your device backups. Delete unneeded copies of device back ups. This is the culprit and after removing these you will gain 80% of this hard drive space back.:):apple: