Macbook air storage problem

Discussion in 'MacBook Air' started by flizen, Jan 10, 2015.

  1. flizen macrumors newbie

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    hello,
    i have a problem with the storage of my macbook air. When i open the menu for storage it says that programs take 209,46 GB. But i only got a storage of120,11 GB. So i am a little bit confused right now. Is this just an error?
     
  2. kage207 macrumors 6502a

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    Are you sure it doesn't say 20.96GB? Or how about a screen shot?
     
  3. flizen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    yes, got a screenshot
     

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  5. kage207 macrumors 6502a

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    Honestly, it looks like one of your programs may be writing a file in a loop causing it to continue to take up space. You should check your background processes for a program that is writing to your file system or wipe your computer.

    Something looks really wrong.
     
  6. omgitscro macrumors 6502a

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    The "About this Mac" window does not give reliable storage estimates.

    Your Mac is fine. Try running diskutil from Terminal to check your free space.
     
  7. Weaselboy Moderator

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    That screen gets data from Spotlight and when the Spotlight index is corrupted it will read incorrectly like yours is. Run the command below in Terminal to reindex Spotlight and that will fix it.

    Give it some time to complete the reindex.

    Code:
    sudo mdutil -E /
     
  8. flizen thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Yess, thank you. It worked :)
     
  9. Jonel2014 macrumors newbie

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    MacBook Air Storage Problem (i.e. "Other")

    Why do I have big storage for the "other" component? It consumes more than 100gb. How can I get rid of that?? Pls help me...
     

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  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Other would be the OS itself and anything that does not fall into one of the other categories. If 100GB for that sounds high for you, the Spotlight index may be corrupted like I mentioned earlier and you will need to run the Terminal command I posted to fix it.
     

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