I deleted all movie files from My macbook pro but says i still have 13.37GB Movies?

Smiller4128

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Ok so trying to just get rid of a bunch of junk that I dont use on my macbook pro and I've deleted all movies from iTunes, Vuze, and iPhoto. But when I go into "About This Mac" and check "Storage" it still says I have 13.37GB of movies on there...tried a spotlight search but it isnt pulling anything up...so where else could I find this 13.37GB in movies at? I'm really stumped and could really use some help!
 

GGJstudios

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Ok so trying to just get rid of a bunch of junk that I dont use on my macbook pro and I've deleted all movies from iTunes, Vuze, and iPhoto. But when I go into "About This Mac" and check "Storage" it still says I have 13.37GB of movies on there...tried a spotlight search but it isnt pulling anything up...so where else could I find this 13.37GB in movies at? I'm really stumped and could really use some help!
Use Finder to search for Kind > Movies
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GGJstudios

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I have the "Music" and "iTunes" Folders but NOT the "iTunes Media" and a search for it pulls up nothing.
Make sure you're starting the search from your Mac HD and not a sub-folder. Also, add system files to your search criteria:
ScreenCap 2012-06-12 at Tue, Jun 12,11.45.22 PM .PNG
Post a screen shot of your Finder search window, showing your criteria.
 

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I like your "1337" number. Second, try emptying your trash, multiple times I had files in the trash which counted against my storage.
 

Smiller4128

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Well deleted the trash, restarted, and it's still saying there is 13.37GB of movies...weirdest thing ever right?
 

GGJstudios

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Well deleted the trash, restarted, and it's still saying there is 13.37GB of movies...weirdest thing ever right?
Yep, very strange. Indulge me, if you will. Do the Finder search again, as in post #5, but change to list view, rather than icon view. Then post a screen shot.
 

GGJstudios

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Thanks. That's bizzarre. The reason I asked is sometimes in icon view some files are off the screen and it doesn't appear you have your status bar showing, which would list how many files were found.

I think there's a resolution to this rolling around somewhere in the back of my head, but I can't recall it at the moment. I seem to remember another similar case. If I find it or recall it, I'll let you know.
 

Smiller4128

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Thanks. That's bizzarre. The reason I asked is sometimes in icon view some files are off the screen and it doesn't appear you have your status bar showing, which would list how many files were found.

I think there's a resolution to this rolling around somewhere in the back of my head, but I can't recall it at the moment. I seem to remember another similar case. If I find it or recall it, I'll let you know.
Please do I'd appreciate it and thanks for the help so far :)
 

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teamrusnac

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Deleted 25GB file and now I have 20 GB less disk space..

I had a very similar issue happen to me the other night. I deleted a 25GB iPhoto Library off my hard drive. Before deleting the file, it showed I had about 124 GB of free space. Not now it shows that I have 104. I have no idea why. I ran all the disk utilities and restarted the computer a few times. All the files were deleted but I didn't gain any more disk space.

Is there a way to see a very accurate view of what each of those categories are in the storage area? I like how the iPhone will tell you how much each app is taking up etc. It would be nice to see something similar for the mac. I can't figure out how I am using so much disk space. I do no have a lot of movies, songs,etc. And losing 20 GB of space after deleting my iPhoto library makes no sense. No this wasn't a reference library. Before I deleted the file I checked the file size and it clearly state 25GB. It took several minutes to just empty the trash.

Any help is appreciated
 

GGJstudios

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rate view of what each of those categories are in the storage area?
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:
 

teamrusnac

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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:
Thanks, you just gave me some homework to do! Now that Ive gone through some of your links, Im betting that its the time machine back ups that are still eating up this space.

So that brings me to another questions. I saw that you can disable the time machine back ups, which will stop the feature and delete the current back ups. If I do so, can I later enable it again without it reloading those old back ups? Im sure its taking up space keeping track of files I deleted etc. I have a external backup of my mac I keep so I'm not concerned about the time machine back ups.
 

JohnRocks

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I finally found a way to get my space back.
Connect the iphone.
Click on the iphone icon in the left panel and go to summary.
Check manually manages movies and music
click the drop down arrow to the left of the iphone icon.
The unwanted movies should show up there. Simply delete those movies and that should be all you need to do...!!
 

teamrusnac

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Yes.

Yes.
OK so I ran the sudo tmutil disablelocal command line and my back ups went to zero, but the others category went from 50+GB to 90+ GB. Essentially, the space being used by the backups was transferred to the others category. The most that has ever been was 80GB. Any way to control how much it uses or free it up for myself??

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OK so I ran the sudo tmutil disablelocal command line and my back ups went to zero, but the others category went from 50+GB to 90+ GB. Essentially, the space being used by the backups was transferred to the others category. The most that has ever been was 80GB. Any way to control how much it uses or free it up for myself??
Looks like a simple restart fixed the problem. It now displays the correct settings. Just went from 95 GB available to 129 :)

How would I enable time machine again just for future reference?

Thanks for the help!
 

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