Late 2013 rMBP "15 using over 200GB of storage for Apps?

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by PTiMi201, Nov 6, 2014.

  1. PTiMi201 macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2014
    I have an rMBP 15" late 2013 with the 512GB PCIe-based flash storage drive, and the reported amount of used drive space does not make sense. A screenshot is below.

    The storage summary states 414.81GB free of 499.05GB, so that calculates to 84.24GB used.

    Below that, it reports Apps are using 231.48GB (this is much more than 84.24GB). I have OS X Yosemite installed with only a few additional apps (Xcode, iLife, Firefox, and Google Chrome). How can apps be using over 200GB?

  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 604

    Oct 24, 2013
    Restart it.

    Do a restart and see what it says then....
  3. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    Download and use OmniDiskSweeper. It will provide a sorted list of what's consuming your space.

    Another option which is more comprehensive is to use this terminal command
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /

    I prefer to redirect it to a text file (this puts it in your Documents folder
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g / > ~/Documents/du.txt
  4. Harry Muff macrumors regular

    Oct 8, 2014

    Thanks for that, useful little app it is.
  5. CausticPuppy macrumors 65816

    May 1, 2012
  6. PTiMi201 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2014
    Rebooting did not result in any big changes. It now reports 416.43GB free of 499.05GB, with 245.39GB used by Apps.


    Thanks for the du command. I used the following terminal command and pasted the output below. Does this make any sense?

    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g -h / > ~/Documents/du.txt

    51M /.DocumentRevisions-V100
    18M /.fseventsd
    0B /.PKInstallSandboxManager
    127M /.Spotlight-V100
    0B /.Trashes
    0B /.vol
    9.1G /Applications
    2.3M /bin
    0B /cores
    4.5K /dev
    1.0K /home
    3.9G /Library
    1.0K /net
    0B /Network
    4.4G /private
    1004K /sbin
    4.1G /System
    53G /Users
    498M /usr
    4.0K /Volumes
    75G /
    75G total
  7. PTiMi201 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Nov 6, 2014
    Problem solved! After following a suggestion in the Apple Support Communities to rebuild the Spotlight index, it now reports only 16.45GB used for Apps.

    Rebuild the Spotlight index
  8. Traverse macrumors 604


    Mar 11, 2013
    Thank you, I never knew of this terminal command. This will be quite useful.

    There is also Daisy Disk in the App Store.

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