Major predicament with 'missing' disk space on 120GB Hard-drive

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  1. Jack in Black macrumors newbie

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    I have Macbook with a 120GB hard-drive, OS 10.4 Tiger, 2GB RAM, 2.16GHz Intel Core 2 Duo processor.

    I am really in dire need of help.

    I have had this macbook since october and for a couple of months it was great. Then it started causing me grief.
    I have had to have the hard-drive replaced twice and lost all of my data about 5 times now.

    My macbook is now telling me i am running low on diskspace and that i need to free up more space on the disk. This is exremely odd because i haven't had it back that long since the hard-drive was replaced by Apple (about a month).

    I am aware that a 120GB hard-drive only has 111GB of useable space, however, out of that 111GB, it says that 107.09GB is 'used' and that i have less than 5GB available. :eek:

    I have serached though all of my folders multiple times to look for duplicate files and emptied my trash more times than i can count, deleting anything i do not use.

    My iTunes library now consists of 8GB of music and 6 GB of video, whereas it used to have 14GB of music and nearly 40GB of video. I have no documents and approximately 10 pictures. I have Microsoft Office installed however this never caused hard disk problems when it was running on the system previously so i doubt this is the root cause of the problem.

    I am utterly bewildered as to where on earth all this space has gone and what is taking it up. :confused:

    It is becoming a very large problem now as i am an A-level student and my work is unable to be saved to the hard-drive due to lack of space, resulting in a couple of debates with tutors about missing work :/

    I hope i have provided enough information, but if not please tell me and i will try my best to inform you.

    Does anyone have any ideas or know exactly what my problem is? I am desperate for all of my music and movies back on my Macbook :(



    Thanks in advance

    Jack
     
  2. Cave Man macrumors 604

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    I assume you've emptied the trash?

    Next, open a Finder window in list view and sort by size (make sure folder size calculation is on). See if that provides you clues.
     
  3. Jack in Black thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks for the reply

    Yeah i've emptied the trash on numerous occasions.

    I tried doing the list thing but that hasnt shown up with anything out of the ordinary, nothing larger than a few MB - 1GB.

    :S

    Anything else i can try? :confused:


    Jack
     
  4. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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  5. Jack in Black thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks Neil! I could kiss you... although that would be very gay

    Worked a treat, turned out i had two profiles on the go with almost exactly the same things saved in each for some random reason.

    Cheers man (y)
    :D
     
  6. Neil321 macrumors 68040

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    thanks is enough :D
     

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