Macbook takes up unused space?

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  1. marlizjk macrumors newbie

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    Hello!

    I've been having this problem for a long time now and I hope any of you can help me out (as I'm not very good with these things hah).
    My Macbook has 251GB of Flash memory, and finder says I only have around 45GB of space left.
    Though, when I check home (which should contain all my files) and click on 'show info', it says I've used only 80GB of space. I'm really confused where the 125GB of memory on my Macbook has gone?

    Also here's a little screenshot:
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    There's no way I've used that much space for my applications and audio. Plus when you add all those GB's together it extends the actual maximum space for my laptop.

    I'm just really confused and I'm hoping there's a way I can get some memory back.
    Any help is appreciated!
     
  2. Samuelsan2001 macrumors 603

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  3. marlizjk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    that won't help. i've had this problem for months.
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Run the command below in Terminal then post the output here so we can take a look.

    This command will show all the base folders and their size in GB. You will be asked for your password.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
     
  5. marlizjk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Here it is:

    1 /.DocumentRevisions-V100
    1 /.fseventsd
    0 /.PKInstallSandboxManager
    1 /.Spotlight-V100
    0 /.Trashes
    0 /.vol
    44 /Applications
    1 /bin
    0 /cores
    1 /dev
    1 /home
    50 /Library
    1 /net
    0 /Network
    8 /private
    1 /sbin
    11 /System
    78 /Users
    2 /usr
    1 /Volumes
    190 /
    190 total
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    You have 44GB in Applications. Does that sound correct, or is something else installed there?

    You have 50GB in /Library and that is odd. It should be something around 10GB.

    Everything else looks normal.

    Run the command again like this to see what is in /Library.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /Library
     
  7. marlizjk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    The applications looks correct yeah.

    In the library:

    39 /Library/Application Support
    5 /Library/Audio
    1 /Library/Automator
    1 /Library/Caches
    0 /Library/ColorPickers
    1 /Library/ColorSync
    0 /Library/Components
    0 /Library/Compositions
    0 /Library/Contextual Menu Items
    1 /Library/CoreMediaIO
    1 /Library/Desktop Pictures
    1 /Library/Dictionaries
    0 /Library/DirectoryServices
    1 /Library/Documentation
    1 /Library/DropboxHelperTools
    1 /Library/Extensions
    0 /Library/Filesystems
    2 /Library/Fonts
    1 /Library/Fonts Disabled
    1 /Library/Frameworks
    1 /Library/Google
    1 /Library/Graphics
    1 /Library/Image Capture
    0 /Library/Input Methods
    1 /Library/Internet Plug-Ins
    1 /Library/iTunes
    1 /Library/Java
    0 /Library/Keyboard Layouts
    1 /Library/Keychains
    1 /Library/LaunchAgents
    1 /Library/LaunchDaemons
    1 /Library/Logs
    1 /Library/Messages
    1 /Library/Modem Scripts
    0 /Library/OpenDirectory
    1 /Library/PDF Services
    1 /Library/Perl
    1 /Library/PreferencePanes
    1 /Library/Preferences
    1 /Library/Printers
    1 /Library/PrivilegedHelperTools
    0 /Library/Python
    1 /Library/QuickLook
    1 /Library/QuickTime
    1 /Library/Receipts
    0 /Library/Ruby
    0 /Library/Sandbox
    1 /Library/Screen Savers
    1 /Library/ScriptingAdditions
    1 /Library/Scripts
    1 /Library/Security
    1 /Library/Server
    0 /Library/Speech
    0 /Library/Spelling
    1 /Library/Spotlight
    0 /Library/StartupItems
    1 /Library/SystemMigration
    0 /Library/SystemProfiler
    3 /Library/Updates
    1 /Library/User Pictures
    1 /Library/Video
    1 /Library/WebServer
    1 /Library/Widgets
    50 /Library
    50 total
     
  8. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Something is up in that folder. You can run the command again with the /Library/Application\ Support or just poke around in the manually. Also, might be easier to use a GUI tool like OmniDiskSweeper to look at this point.
     
  9. mlts22 macrumors 6502a

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    I banged into a similar issue, where my fix was to purge local Time Machine snapshots, which freed up at least 200 gigs.
     
  10. marlizjk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    I see it's the Garageband and Logic folders that contain lots of GB's. But when I navigate to them through Finder and check the info, they barely contain anything..
     
  11. marlizjk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    ah. i don't use it, so that can't be the case for me :p
     
  12. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Those would have shown up in a /.MobileBackups folder under that command I mentioned earlier.
     
  13. marlizjk thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Okay wow I figured it out, I haven't been navigating through my "Macintosh HD".. Very stupid. Now I know where all that used space is.
     

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