MacBook Hidden Files

Discussion in 'MacBook' started by Shankster, Aug 11, 2013.

  1. Shankster macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2013
    Using Migration Assistant, I recently transferred hard drive contents from an older MacBook (67.5 GB on a 80 GB drive) to a slightly better MacBook with a 120 GB drive. To my surprise, the new MacBook now has 83.2 GB on it. I suspect that files have been duplicated and are now hidden. Is there a safe way of deleting hidden files that are bloating my hard drive?
  2. kaelwhale macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2013
    San Francisco, California
    I suggest first making sure that the files have, in fact, been duplicated. You can view hidden files by typing the following commands into terminal:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles TRUE
    killall Finder

    Could it be that the newer MB has a newer OS or more applications and that is what takes up more space?

    to hide the hidden files again, open terminal and type:

    defaults write AppleShowAllFiles FALSE
    killall Finder
  3. Shankster thread starter macrumors newbie

    Aug 11, 2013
    Both Macbooks are running Leopard.

    I have briefly looked at the Terminal commands but am pretty nervous to play around in there. I suppose what I was getting at is, is there a utility that may scan hidden and visible files and delete duplicates.

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