Incorrect size of home directory, really strange

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by ProstheticHead, Aug 26, 2008.

  1. ProstheticHead macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    So here's my issue:

    I just bought an external hard drive and have it set up into two partitions. I gave one partition to Time Machine and the other is set to be just an external hard drive.

    Now, everything was working fine until I went to start using time machine. It stated that my home directory was crazy huge to what it should be. Time Machine refused to back up that directory because it was not possible. The only thing I can think of is that somehow my home directory thinks that the space on the external hard drive that is not given to time machine is actually a part of the home directory itself.

    Here are a couple pictures of the issue. Mind you, I have a 120gb internal hard drive, that's it.

    The internal drive is partitioned into a 31.58gb Bootcamp partition and a 79.88gb OSX partition. The external drive is partitioned into a 120gb Time Machine partition and a 177.65gb External HD partition.

    Any thoughts on how I can make my computer understand it is not that huge?
  2. skir0987 macrumors regular

    Oct 14, 2007
    Maybe your firevault somehow got corrupted. Try turning it off (could take some time) and turning it back on and see what happens.

  3. iShater macrumors 604


    Aug 13, 2002
    It looks like you are using FileVault, and TM is reporting the Max size of the image. That size is the free space on your internal, correct?
  4. ProstheticHead thread starter macrumors 6502

    Jun 15, 2007
    Seattle, WA
    Yeah, the space available (like 44gb) is what is on my internal drive. I was figuring it was adding in the external to that to create the bizarre size. Would doing what Shep suggested with FileVault get that back to a more normal figure that I could actually back up?
  5. penrodcc macrumors newbie

    Jun 19, 2004
    I see the same issue.

    Harddrive is 160 gig.

    My home file vault is 8 gig.

    A "get info" on my home directory shows 297 Gig.

    Anybody figure out what this is?

    John P.

  6. panzer06 macrumors 68030


    Sep 23, 2006
    Wasn't there something printed somewhere that the filevault areas can't be properly accessed by most tools because of the encryption? I will try to find it again and post it.


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