Macbook Giving the Almost full when it still has 600gb left

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  1. Murrtallica macrumors newbie

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    I've ran into a problem with my Macbook Pro (late 2011) where it was giving the "your startup disk is almost full" window when i have a good 600GB or so available. I scanned it with a disk scanner and it added up to about 160 used, even though the mac its self says theres 643GB used. I cleaned cashes ETC. with no luck other than a quicker boot time (Need to clean my caches more apparently) is this an OS bug, possibly a hidden 500gb file i cant find? Any help would be.. well really helpful!
    -Stefan



    Specs if you need them Late 2011 Macbook Pro 17" with 750GB drive and 4gb ram Running 10.7.3
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion 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:
     
  3. Murrtallica thread starter macrumors newbie

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    It seems with scans and other searches there is still the mystery 'other' section that has 528gb used. Any ideas as to what or where these files are?
     

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  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Did you read all the links I posted? The first one explains what's included in "other".
     
  5. Murrtallica thread starter macrumors newbie

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  6. Murrtallica thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Still not able to track down the space consuming files. It almost seems to be the opposite - the space i have used is the space the mac is saying i have free.
     
  7. Mumford macrumors regular

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    Download and run Disk Inventory X. It'll show you graphically where your space is being used.
     
  8. Murrtallica thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Actually disk inventory x was the first thing I used. I've noticed it seems used space has been confused with empty space on the HD. I live a few miles from an apple store, so I might take it in sometime soon. Until then keep hitting me with advice, i really appreciate it!

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    Oh forgot to say that inventory x shows I've only used about 150gb or so and the mystery 500 is not appearing.
     
  9. Mumford macrumors regular

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    Not sure what more advice we can give. Any chance you can post the Disk Inventory X screenshot? Otherwise it'd be best just to wait for the Genius.
     
  10. Freyqq macrumors 68040

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    other are files that dont fit in the other categories. That's pretty broad.
     
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  12. markintosh macrumors member

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    Idea

    I ran into something similar....

    Do you have any virtual machines?

    I found that if I had a vm that I had devoted 100gb to, that was what it showed used. Even if the actual vm only had say 20gb used.

    Just a thought.
     
  13. Murrtallica thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I do have a windows VMWare file but it only goes up to 100gb and shows its at about 40gb right now
     
  14. Mumford macrumors regular

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    Hmm, a VM image could be the cause. A lot of VM programs (VMware, Parallels, etc) allow you to create a disk image as a sparse file. They do this for a few reasons:

    • space - if you ask for a 100GB disk, it won't actually allocate a full 100GB until you use all that space. There's no reason to allocate the full 100GB (yet) when only the OS has been installed (taking up 3GB)
    • performance - it takes a long time to create an empty 100GB file, even on modern disks
     

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