MacBook Pro HD used space

dantevn

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Aug 29, 2012
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Lima
Hi!
I just bought a new MacBook Pro 13" and I'm new to the Mac OS. This is the first time I'm using it and I'm getting to know it pretty well now.
However, I have a doubt that I want to get it solved.
When I look into my Hard Drive, it says that 20GB out of my 500GB is in use. I dont know why I have that amount used if its a brand new computer.
It shows me that it's been used in audio, image, video files, among others. But I have none of those.
I know that Mountain Lion OS is just 8GB size. So, how come I'm "losing" 12GB?
Please can someone explain it to me?
I'll appriciate it!!
Thank you
Sincerely,
Dante V
 

GGJstudios

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If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion/ML 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:
Freeing up space in Mac OS X

How OS X and iOS report storage capacity
 

Weaselboy

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When I look into my Hard Drive, it says that 20GB out of my 500GB is in use. I dont know why I have that amount used if its a brand new computer.
It shows me that it's been used in audio, image, video files, among others. But I have none of those.
20GB combined for the OS and default apps sounds about right. I think you are fine. Some of the default iLife apps like Garageband include audio and video/image files and that is what you are seeing in those categories. You could open a new Macbook out of the box and you would see space used in reach of those categories.
 

dantevn

macrumors newbie
Original poster
Aug 29, 2012
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Lima
thank you for your information!!
i guess it does sounds right!
i was just concerned that it showed me images videos and audio files when i havent got any yet!
but ya it makes sense that those could be iphoto or garageband or wallpaper files.
thank you!!
Dante V