Mac mini Memory ran out and don't know why

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by pj600, Jun 6, 2011.

  1. pj600 macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2011
    I am new to mac's, I bought this mac mini last year, a few months before the info came out about the new thinner version, it has 160gb HD I am now getting messages to say my HD is nearly full only 2.84gb left.
    I have 24gb on itunes and 34gb on iphoto, I understand programs take up memory etc but I seem to be missing about 100gb, can anyone help please:confused:
  2. lvlarkkoenen macrumors regular

    Apr 21, 2011
    Utrecht, NL
    Missing nearly 100 gigs sounds silly.. How's about movies?
    Also, I forgot the specifics, but I had two copies of every song I imported into iTunes, one was where I placed it on my hard drive myself, and the other one was in the iTunes library. Perhaps iPhoto would do something like that as well. It can be turned off, but I don't know where anymore.
  3. pj600 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2011
    I have had another look and maybe 100gb was a little silly but I do seem to be missing a lot of HD. about 70gb
    My Movies - 21gb
    TV shows - 6gb
    podcast - 3gb
    Any ideas what else there is that would take up a lot of space on the HD
  4. philipma1957 macrumors 603


    Apr 13, 2010
    Howell, New Jersey
    look at your photos. at one time I had 8 or 9 copies of each photo. also go to
    finder and look at music you may have 2 sets of songs
  5. pj600 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jun 6, 2011
    I really don't understand why I have no HD memory left, I have checked for duplicate photo's, videos and music and everything seem to be in order and not duplicated, I have now got to a stage where it wont update apps.
    I don't have any programs on this as it is just used for photos, music, some videos and surfing the net.
    Is there a temporary internet that is stored on the mac similar to on windows?
  6. MacTower macrumors member

    Jan 23, 2011
    Use this app to check out what's using up space on your hard drive.
  7. mr.steevo, Jun 6, 2011
    Last edited: Jun 6, 2011

    mr.steevo macrumors 65816


    Jul 21, 2004
    My sister had 20 gb of photos that she thought had been deleted but weren't due to an odd way iPhoto deletes photos. I don't know what the latest iPhoto is like but on her version you had to open iPhoto then click iPhoto> Empty Trash. This is completely unintuitive because the iPhoto application itself has a trash that is separate from the Trash can in the dock.

    It goes without saying that if there is more than one account on the computer then check those too.
  8. aross99 macrumors 68000


    Dec 17, 2006
    East Lansing, MI
    Did you check the Trash? Many people forget to empty it once in a while, and have a lot of stuff in there.

    You might also try control-clicking on your user folder, and selecting "get info" (clicking on the folder and pressing Command-I also works), and give it a few minutes to compute the size of the folder. Based on the size, this will tell you if the info is in your user folder, or out in one of the other folders.

    Once you get the hang of this, try exploring around your user folder and checking things like your Music, Photos, Documents etc, and find out where the large amounts of data are. Just make sure you give it a minute or two to compute the size of the folders...

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