Missing disk space

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  1. slvrscoobie macrumors 6502a

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    #1
    So i hope I havent missed anything here, but im trying to find ~13gb not showing up under my SSD on my 13" MBP on El Cap GM.
    I have 120gb Samsung 750 Evo drive, and my finder says I have 33gb available. Although disksweeper only calculates a total used of 72gb, os x reports 85+gb used.
    Ive disabled localbackups and rebooted a few times since.
    What else am I missing?

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  2. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Run the command below in Terminal and post up the results. It takes a couple minutes to complete. This will list all the base folders along with size in GB then we help you out.

    Code:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
     
  3. slvrscoobie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    Heres the output, exactly the same as disksweeper :
    1/.DocumentRevisions-V100

    1/.fseventsd

    2/.Spotlight-V100

    0/.Trashes

    0/.vol

    14/Applications

    1/bin

    0/cores

    1/dev

    1/home

    9/Library

    6/lost+found

    1/net

    0/Network

    8/private

    1/sbin

    6/System

    31/Users

    1/usr

    1/Volumes

    72/

    72total
     
  4. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I think that graphic showing 88GB used is just incorrect then, because that command is accurate and includes all hidden and system files.
     
  5. slvrscoobie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    so why does the free space show incorrectly then?
     
  6. Weaselboy Moderator

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    I don't know what to tell you other than that Terminal command is accurate. Maybe write this off to beta bugs?
     
  7. Fishrrman macrumors G4

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    OP:
    Download DiskWave:
    http://diskwave.barthe.ph
    (a small, free utility app that shows you how space is being consumed)

    Launch it.
    You'll see what to do next.
    (note: you probably want to set it up to reveal invisible files)
     
  8. Crazy Badger macrumors 65816

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    Might also be worth running Disk Utility and the Verify Disk.

    I'd run Whatsize (guessing similar to DiskWave) at the weekend as I was under 100GB on my SSD so wanted to see where most of my space was being used. I managed to free up 10GB removing two files in a lost+found folder but also noticed the totals didn't seem quite right. Verify Disk reported errors in the block size allocation and when I rebooted with Cmd-R and ran Repair Disk ended up with ~125GB!

    Also ran Camptune X to resize my Bootcamp partition (which I rarely use now) so have closer to 150GB free this morning :D
     
  9. chown33 macrumors 604

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    There seems to be 6GB of space in "/lost+found". That directory (or file) is usually used by the system for lost blocks that have been recovered by a repair. If you know how file-systems work, a "lost block" is one that exists on the disk, but isn't listedin either the disk's free list nor in any file.

    For us to better understand the output from 'du', please post the output of the following command, pasted into Terminal.
    Code:
    ls -la /
    Copy and paste the complete output from the Terminal window into a post here.
     
  10. Weaselboy Moderator

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    Good catch!
     
  11. Emathieu, Sep 17, 2015
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    Emathieu macrumors regular

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    I am having a similar (but much worse) issue. I was researching it here, and came across this thread. Here's hoping someone can help.

    I have a 3TB Fusion drive in my iMac. I noticed that my Time Machine backup failed due to disk space, and I was shocked to see that I am showing only ~20GB free. Previously I have always had well over 2TB free, and for the life of me, I can't figure out what is going on.

    I have hidden files showing, etc., and I can not for the life of me figure out what is taking up the space.

    Here are the results:

    1 /.DocumentRevisions-V100

    1 /.fseventsd

    0 /.PKInstallSandboxManager

    2 /.Spotlight-V100

    0 /.Trashes

    0 /.vol

    130 /Applications

    1 /bin

    0 /cores

    1 /dev

    1 /home

    14 /Library

    1 /net

    0 /Network

    2445 /private

    1 /sbin

    6 /System

    282 /Users

    1 /usr

    1 /Volumes

    2877 /

    2877 total

    2445 in /private?!

    When I look at the disk, I am seeing this:

    [​IMG]

    There is 2.54TB in "Other"!

    When I look at Activity Monitor, I can't see anything writing huge amounts of data to disk, but if I sit here and watch the drive in finder, I can see my space slowly dwindle down.

    Any ideas? I'm at my wits end trying to solve this one.

    This problem started under Mavericks. Since I was having no luck solving it, I decided to upgrade to the GM of El Capitan. Nothing I have tried has worked (did the full Disk Utility routine, etc.).
     
  12. patternjake macrumors member

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    It could be that the swap file and sleep file isn't showing up in the list, these files are pretty opaque to the user, and sometimes, the system.
     
  13. Emathieu, Sep 18, 2015
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    Emathieu macrumors regular

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    I actually JUST found out what happened. :)

    Apparently, Adobe went crazy and decided to write a 2.5TB PDApp log file (as well as several multiple GB PDApp log files). :mad:

    I ran OmniDiskSweeper with sudo, and it found it. Deleted it and all is well.

    [​IMG]

    Now, I have to figure out why Adobe (Creative Cloud) went nuts, but I at least have my space back!
     
  14. slvrscoobie thread starter macrumors 6502a

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    drwxr-xr-x 30 root wheel 1088 Sep 9 22:03 .
    drwxr-xr-x 30 root wheel 1088 Sep 9 22:03 ..
    -rw-rw-r-- 1 root admin 8196 Sep 15 22:37 .DS_Store
    d--x--x--x 9 root wheel 306 Sep 10 09:42 .DocumentRevisions-V100
    -rw-r--r-- 1 root wheel 1480 Sep 9 22:02 .OSInstallerMessages
    drwx------ 5 User staff 170 Oct 27 2014 .Spotlight-V100
    d-wx-wx-wt 2 User staff 68 Oct 27 2014 .Trashes
    ---------- 1 root admin 0 Aug 22 17:35 .file
    drwx------ 165 User staff 5610 Sep 18 08:51 .fseventsd
    drwxr-xr-x@ 2 root wheel 68 Sep 9 21:54 .vol
    drwxrwxr-x+ 71 root admin 2414 Sep 11 15:43 Applications
    drwxr-xr-x+ 64 root wheel 2176 Sep 9 21:58 Library
    drwxr-xr-x@ 2 root wheel 68 Sep 9 21:54 Network
    ]drwxr-xr-x@ 4 root wheel 136 Sep 9 21:49 System
    drwxr-xr-x 6 root admin 204 Sep 9 21:54 Users
    drwxrwxrwt@ 6 root admin 204 Sep 18 08:52 Volumes
    drwxr-xr-x@ 39 root wheel 1326 Sep 3 08:01 bin
    drwxrwxr-t@ 2 root admin 68 Sep 9 21:54 cores
    dr-xr-xr-x 3 root wheel 4610 Sep 10 09:42 dev
    lrwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 11 Sep 9 21:53 etc -> private/etc
    dr-xr-xr-x 2 root wheel 1 Sep 10 09:42 home
    -rw-r--r--@ 1 root wheel 313 Aug 22 22:35 installer.failurerequests
    drwxrwxrwt@ 3 root wheel 102 Sep 14 08:47 lost+found
    dr-xr-xr-x 2 root wheel 1 Sep 10 09:42 net
    drwxr-xr-x@ 6 root wheel 204 Sep 9 21:54 private
    drwxr-xr-x@ 59 root wheel 2006 Sep 9 21:53 sbin
    lrwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 11 Sep 9 21:53 tmp -> private/tmp
    drwxr-xr-x@ 10 root wheel 340 Sep 9 21:58 usr
    lrwxr-xr-x@ 1 root wheel 11 Sep 9 21:53 var -> private/var
     

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