Mac Storage

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  1. alvaroaaa macrumors newbie

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    Good afternoon everyone, I was wondering if you could help me with this issue.

    According to "About my Mac - Storage", I have Movies, Photos and Audio that take aprox 4.5Gb of space (it's not much, but take into account that I have a 120Gb Mac). The thing is that the Macbook is new (3 months old) and I have not downloaded anything (even my iTunes only has less than 10 songs), so I have no idea where those movies, audios and photos are.

    Also, I've read some Threads and I've done what they recommend (Spotlight reindexing couple of times, didn't work) and nothing works.

    My hypothesis is that those files are download files from Mail that the app automatically downloads, but I haven't found those either!

    What do you think could be happening?

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  2. komatsu macrumors 6502

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    Download an app called Disk Inventory X.

    It will give you a better idea of what is taking up space.
     
  3. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Two things... first even on a new Mac right out of the box with zero movies and zero photos, there will be space used in both of those categories from images and small videos that are included with the OS. Secondly, that storage graphic is always completely screwed up and wrong, so just ignore it.
     
  4. alvaroaaa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks! Do you know if that can be downloaded from App Store?
     
  5. komatsu macrumors 6502

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    I'm sure it can be.
     
  6. twistofmatt macrumors member

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    Daisy Disk can also help with this. It will help you pinpoint large files.
     
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    I also prefer OmniDiskSweeper.

    Its presents the usage in a way that makes the most sense to me.
     
  9. Shirasaki macrumors 603

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    Unfortunately I could not find it in Japanese Mac App Store. And there seems no link in Google search result showing it is published in any Mac App Store.
    Anyway, it is released for free, so this should not be a serious problem to use it.
     
  10. jgelin macrumors 6502a

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    The numbers that the OS uses seem to be very iffy and at time arbitrary in their representation of what is on the disk. Most of the time everything is just stuck under 'other' for me.
     
  11. alvaroaaa thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Hello! I followed your advice and now I have the list of largest files, but I honestly dont know what those files are. Moreover, I cannot find any movies/photos/audios than can add up to nearly 4.5 gb.

    What do you think about this?

    Thanks!
     

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  12. anzio macrumors 6502

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    A quick glance shows that those videos are likely the videos located throughout the System Preferences Trackpad/Mouse/etc Panes. They're used to show how to perform gestures on your trackpad. The others look like they may be from Garageband and other various system components.

    I really wouldn't touch any of them unless you know they don't belong to the operating system.
     
  13. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You need to reread my post #3. There is nothing wrong with your Mac.
     

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