Missing / blank hard drive space

Discussion in 'iMac' started by bisento, Apr 4, 2014.

  1. bisento macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2010

    I have recently been having hard drive space issues. I have OS X 10.9.2. Attached are stats from About This Mac and Terminal. I have two queries:

    1. What is the unlabelled 392 gb from the Terminal?

    2. In About This Mac, the Audio size seems very high. My music folder is about 175gb. I understand that 'Audio' encompasses more than that, but this seems very high. I don't have much in the way of games etc. The same can be said to a lesser extent of movies and photos. By adding up all of the key folders, I get to a much lower usage than About This Mac suggests.


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  2. maflynn Moderator


    Staff Member

    May 3, 2009
    That's your root directory and its a sum total of all your space

    I recommend that you download and use OmniDiskSweeper. It will provide a sorted list of what's consuming your space.
  3. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    Run this command in Terminal and post up the output.

    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
  4. bisento thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2010
    Thanks for your responses.

    This what I get:

    1 /.DocumentRevisions-V100
    1 /.DocumentRevisions-V100 (from old Mac) 2
    1 /.fseventsd
    0 /.PKInstallSandboxManager
    2 /.Spotlight-V100
    0 /.Trashes
    0 /.vol
    10 /Applications
    1 /bin
    0 /cores
    1 /dev
    1 /home
    1 /Incompatible Software
    1 /Incompatible Software (from old Mac) 2
    9 /Library
    1 /net
    0 /Network
    1 /opt
    1 /opt (from old Mac) 2
    8 /private
    17 /Recovered Items
    1 /sbin
    7 /System
    867 /Users
    1 /usr
    1 /Volumes
    916 /
    916 total
  5. bisento thread starter macrumors newbie

    Oct 26, 2010
    Aha, I think I have figured out what happened - might be useful information for others.

    Something went wrong when I updated to Mavericks last year and my computer got wiped. I just reloaded lost material from external backup and didn't really worry any further about it. But - it seems that in fact those 'lost' files remained on the hard drive, so my user profile was effectively duplicated (thanks also to my own acts), but one has remained hidden. So close to half of what's on the hard drive is unused files / duplication.

    Thanks to both replies above from maflynn and Weaselboy - helped me get there.

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