Lost hard drive capacity...

Discussion in 'MacBook Pro' started by kpangilinan, Oct 8, 2006.

  1. kpangilinan macrumors member

    Oct 5, 2006
    New York
    My girlfriend just got her MacBook Pro last Thursday and she's already down to 74GBs. We've checked every folder and have come to the conclusion that she has only used about 9-10GBs. That leaves 8GBs unaccounted for. Does anyone know where I can check where those unaccounted GBs went?
  2. NYmacAttack macrumors 6502


    Dec 8, 2005
    All hard drives once formatted have less than the advertised amount of storage space. It has to do with how early on in the computer and semiconductor industries adopted the term kilobyte to describe 2^10 (1024) bytes because 1024 is "close enough" to the metric prefix kilo, which is defined as 10^3 or 1000.
  3. Lollypop macrumors 6502a


    Sep 13, 2004
    Johannesburg, South Africa
    You also might want to try and delete the logs, when I got my mac for some reason the log files bloated to over 5 gigs... ye 5 gigs worth of logs :eek:

    There is a tool that graphically represents the entire filesystems content, big blocks represent big files, that way you can id strange bloated files, unfortunately I can remember the programs name.
  4. mad jew Moderator emeritus

    mad jew

    Apr 3, 2004
    Adelaide, Australia
    NYmacAttack is right, but nevertheless you can use an app like OmniDiskSweeper to find where space is being used up quite easily. This is similar to the app that Lollypop mentions but doesn't display the results graphically. :)

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