Huh? "Apps" section on SSD keeps expanding.

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  1. Prof. macrumors 601

    Prof.

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    When I click "About this Mac" and click the tab "storage", I've noticed the "Apps" section keeps getting bigger, even though I have not installed any new apps of any kind. Anyone know what's causing this? The other day it was at 39GB and now it's 44GB. Also, if you do the math, the numbers don't add up. I've used 36gb, yet 44 of that is apps? Huh?
     

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  2. Mcmeowmers macrumors 6502

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    Mine is about 300GB larger than what information says. Same "issue" as yourself. I don't believe the space is actual consumed and that that window is simply incorrect or is counting old data. In either case, if you use up the real free space it will start writing over the phantom data. Hopefully that makes sense and in summary it is a harmless error. To get a better indication of your drive space click the hard drive and press cmd+i
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Run this command in Terminal to reindex Spotlight and it will fix that. For a while anyway. In both Yosemite and El Capitan this seems to drift of course regularly.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
     
  4. Prof. thread starter macrumors 601

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    That worked! Thanks Weaselboy! :D
     

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