Mac memory, says 40GB video storage, only no video's on laptop . Impossible. How to find files

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by Josephine_pien, Feb 3, 2016.

  1. Josephine_pien macrumors newbie

    Josephine_pien

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    #1
    Hee guys,
    maybe you can help me
    My Macbook pro (around 1 year old) has trouble with storage, this wouldn't be weird in first place but it says I have around 40 GB on video storage. Now I don't have any movies on my laptop only a couple of short video's on iPhoto. Does someone know how to detect the files who cause 40 GB of storage.

    Thanks a lot

    Josephine
     
  2. flowsy macrumors regular

    flowsy

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    #3
    Try Disk Inventory (⇡) or check your system details in "About this Mac" under hard disk. It could be the local TimeMachine backups. They get deleted automatically once you need/use the remaining space.
     
  3. Fishrrman macrumors G3

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    #4
    The best small app I've found for identifying file usage is this:
    https://diskwave.barthe.ph

    Just download and open it.
    You'll see what to do next.

    TIP:
    Choose the preference that allows it to display INvisible files, as well as visible.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

    Weaselboy

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    #5
    You probably do not have 40GB of videos. That storage readout is completely messed up, particularly in Yosemite and El Capitan. You can reindex Spotlight to make the readout more accurate, but it will likely drift off again.

    Run the command below in Terminal to reindex Spotlight. Give it a half hour or so to complete the reindex.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
     
  5. Josephine_pien thread starter macrumors newbie

    Josephine_pien

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  6. Yulia macrumors newbie

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    #7
    Could you please tell me which method you use? Thank you!
     

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