Mac HD Storage getting full, Help!

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  1. dreammaker23, Mar 26, 2013
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    dreammaker23 macrumors newbie

    dreammaker23

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    Why is this!

    Whats in Other on my Mac HD? Never been this full & BackUps are at 76GB.

    I use my external 1 TB WD for back ups and everything else.

    Can someone help me out with this..I always Secure Delete my Trash and
    this is the first time I see it this full..How can I remove the Backups from my Mac's HD
    & the "Other"

    I hardly have anything on my Mac HD.

    Mostly on my External.

    Thanks :cool:
     

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  2. jmxp69 macrumors 6502

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    Search for Disk Inventory X. That'll help you find the culprit.

    I'm not 100% sure, but I think Time Machine local snapshots can eat some space. Try tmutil disablelocal and see if you get any of that back. You can reverse with tmutil enablelocal but you'll lose any local snapshots.

    J
     
  3. nednarm macrumors 6502

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    Take a look in Library/ApplicationSupport/MobileSync/Backup I had iPhone backups dating back to 2011 taking up over 35GB of space.
     
  4. dreammaker23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! But I'm a noob here with Mac Machines...What is "tmutil disablelocal"

    Can you guide me to the right directions? :D


    Thanks! Will try this...Even though I don't backup iPhones on here...Unless, ummm...
     
  5. e²Studios macrumors 68020

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    Could be old Time Machine data that was cleaned up but not reported. Go in to disk manager and verify the SSD, that cleared it up for me. I had the same exact issue this weekend.
     
  6. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion/ML 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:
    Freeing up space in Mac OS X

    How OS X and iOS report storage capacity
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Other is everything that does not fall into one of those other categories shown. So it includes the OS itself for example. Your 38GB in Other is about normal, so don't worry about it.

    The space in that purple Backups section is Time Machine's local snapshots, and is also normal. You can just ignore it and if you need the space for storage, OS X will shrink the local backup (snapshots) space used on its own. If it is bothering you, just turn Time Machine off then back on and the space will be zeroed out.

    I would not use the Terminal commands mentioned to disable this. It can be a useful feature to access versioned documents when you are away from the Time Machine backup destination.
     
  8. dreammaker23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    • Thank you GGJstudios for taking the time to reply..Really helpful intel here! :D
      It's a lot of info to take use of..A good experience!

      Thanks again!




      So in other words...I'm good! But yea, it does bother me because I was use to seeing at least 120GB free or more from my HDD. Plus it did felt like my rMBP ran smoother. hehe...

      I think I would turn Time Machine off. But not disable them!

      Hey do you know of a way I can protect my Mac if it ever gets stolen!?
      Yea, just jumped to another subject but all this tech talk got me thinking about
      what if?
      I know password protecting it is not a full service wrap around a theft.
      But how can I come around or should I say track my Machine if it ever does
      come across that scenario?

      Thanks!
     
  9. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    The backups are suppose to delete automatically and make space if you need it.
    But this also annoys me that it shows "backup" in your SSD/HDD.
    Mine is only 128GB and I know it deletes automatically but still annoys to see it fill 1/3 of my drive.
    I wonder if there is a way to disable this.
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Two things you can do to help with this. Go in to System Prefs and in the Security & Privacy tab turn on Filevault full disk encryption. This encrypts the entire drive and if someone steals it they will not be able to access your data at all. Also sign up for a free Apple iCloud account and turn on Find My Mac. With Find My Mac turned on, if the thief gets on the Internet with your stolen machine you will be able to see where they are and also lock down the machine.

    You can run the command below in Terminal to disable it.

    Code:
    sudo tmutil disablelocal
    This command will turn it back on.

    Code:
    sudo tmutil enablelocal
     
  11. yusukeaoki macrumors 68030

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    Holy crap, thank you.
    Now I dont have to disable TM every time after I do a backup.
     
  12. dreammaker23 thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks very much for all your Help! THUMBS UP :D
     

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