I can't explain all of this [SSD almost full]

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  1. petrucci666 macrumors 6502a

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    Ok, so I went from a 500GB 13" MBP to a 128GB MBA. No biggie since I'm using Rdio and Google Music for my cloud music entertainment, my movies and photos are on an external hard drive and that's pretty much it for the media.

    But again, the storage is showing 15GB of music even though iTunes is empty, as well as 2.5 and 5.5GB of photos and movies. I don't have a single photograph or movie of my own on this machine and it is still showing me this.

    What gives?
     

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  2. Tortri macrumors 6502a

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    Use this util to find out what's taking your space

    Grand Perspective
     
  3. Pipper99 macrumors 68000

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    Just a thought, but my ssd on my windows laptop filled up like this, and I finally determined it was due to all of my iPhone and iPad backups into iTunes. Check to see how many backups you have in iTunes preferences. I free'd up a ton of space by deleting most of them.
     
  4. petrucci666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Great advice! It free'd up about 20 GB! But that was taken away from the 'Other' category. I'm still showing the 15GB of music, 5.5GB of movies and 2.5GB of photos...

    Here's the situation now (see attachement)
     

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  5. Minhthien macrumors 6502

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    Can you try Disk Utility and delete free space?
     
  6. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a

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    What is the "other" used for? You don't seem to be asking about that.

    I just checked my iMac stats. And weirdly, it shows about 13GB more in "music" than iTunes shows. 93GB, and iTunes says 80GB. Weird.
     
  7. petrucci666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I thought 'Other' would be like documents, systems settings and whatnot. It does seem a bit too high just to be settings etc.

    But I'm really curious about all the music, movies and photos. It doesn't make any sense - I have nothing!

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    I'm not exactly sure what you mean by this, please explain.
     
  8. TC25 macrumors 68020

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    Huh? How do you delete free space?
     
  9. Raptura macrumors 6502

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    I don't know how to help you, but I'm curious how you get that iTunes like info bar pane for the harddrive. It's similar to the iPod/iPhone/iPad info bar in iTunes.
     
  10. petrucci666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    You go to 'About This Mac', then 'More Info' after which you get the nice visual representation of your laptop and some basic info about the system, finally in that window you'll see 4 tabs, one of which is 'Storage' - voila! :cool:
     
  11. Pipper99 macrumors 68000

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  12. schizbomb macrumors 6502

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    Where do you go to see that graphic?
     
  13. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Go into Finder, and then your home directory. Now "right click" or "double tap" or Ctrl + Click and select "Show View Options". Now tick "Calculate All Sizes" and close the window by pressing x at the top left corner. Make sure that size is one of the visible columns. Now give your computer a little bit of time. You will now see exactly how much space each of the directories is taking up.

    Or open your Terminal from Applications-->Utilities

    type in

    cd ~ [hit enter]
    du -d1 -h [enter]

    You'll get something like this

    1.0M ./.dropbox
    4.0K ./.dvdcss
    19G ./.Trash
    200M ./Code
    3.9G ./Desktop
    30M ./Documents
    3.7G ./Downloads
    7.9M ./Dropbox
    7.0G ./Library
    16G ./Movies
    10G ./Music
    6.0M ./Pictures
    0B ./Public
    76K ./Temp

    Now you can see where your space is in your home directory. Don't forget that your applications, your system folders, your hidden recovery partition and your Library all take up quite a lot of space as well.

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    He's already explained it in a later post that is 2 posts above yours.
     
  14. applefanDrew macrumors 65816

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    Just b/c it doesn't show up in iTunes doesn't mean the music files arent on e computer. You need to delete the actual files, not just iTunes references to then.
     
  15. qwerf123 macrumors regular

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    I had the same issue with 120gb 'other'

    Sadly,the only way I could fix it was backing up my files and restoring lion!
     
  16. Raptura macrumors 6502

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    Thank you! I'm clearly too dumb to have known that lol :rolleyes:
     
  17. yukon8170 macrumors member

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    Do you have File Vault enabled? It uses a ton of storage space on the SSD for the encrypted files. I know that is the issue with my MBA, most of the drive is being used for these 8MB files.

    If anyone knows of any easy way to fix this, let me know!

    thnx
     
  18. xkmxkmxlmx macrumors 6502a

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    Yes, I thought maybe this was what OP was doing as well. Until I checked my music settings and I am showing similar behavior. All my music is located in the iTunes folders. There is no music files anywhere else on my computer and I am showing a 13gb difference in what the actual music folders get info says, what itunes says and what the HDD breakdown says.
     
  19. petrucci666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Like I said, it's a brand new laptop. I didn't copy any music to it nor did I backup my iTunes on the previous Mac. I use Google Music and Rdio for music so there physically is no music on the laptop anywhere, let alone 15GB of it.
     
  20. petrucci666 thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    I tried this and got a less outrageous picture of how everything is distributed:

    2.8G ./Desktop
    15G ./Documents
    156K ./Downloads
    891M ./Dropbox
    46M ./eBooks
    23G ./Library
    0B ./Movies
    1.6G ./Music
    5.7M ./Pictures
    8.0K ./Public
    9.4M ./Scanner Output
    56K ./Sites



    Still I don't get where the system is finding 1.6GB of music when I don't have anything in iTunes. But I can deal with the 1.6GB of music, it's no problem.

    But why is the graphic breakdown showing something completely different than what Terminal is giving me? Is it a bug or what?
     
  21. jsolares macrumors 6502a

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    That's just the files in your home dir, run the same command in /

    cd /
    sudo du -d1 -h
     
  22. hefeglass macrumors 6502a

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    In Lion, Time machine backs up stuff on your HD too!

    I found this out after seeing a large backup drive on my HD...apparently there is a way to prevent it from doing this, but I figured I would leave it incase I need time machine and i don't have my external TM drive hooked up
     
  23. KnightWRX macrumors Pentium

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    You do realise that this command is much more helpful in hunting down the big culprits :

    Code:
    sudo du -akx / | sort -nr | head -20
    That will give you the top 20 biggest files/folders on your hard drive.
     
  24. bbhegedus macrumors regular

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    For some reason there seems to be weird things taking up space on mine too. Also, since updating to 10.7.1 the preview thing where it shows how your storage is divide up doesn't even display right.... see here: http://cl.ly/9MwZ

    I really hope apple fixes this pretty soon
     
  25. theSeb macrumors 604

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    Your library folder is huge. There is no bug so I am not sure what you're asking.
     

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