Missing hard drive space

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  1. johnnyyt macrumors member

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    i recently installed windows 8 on my rMBP15 using parallels. i have games that i can only run on pc. a friend of mine told me that if i'm just going to be using it for gaming, i should just install windows using boot camp instead.

    so i uninstalled parallels and the virtual machine but when i took a look at my drive space, i was still missing the chunk (30gb) that i partitioned to use for windows. now its saying that i have 76gb being used in "other". how do i get my drive space back?!?!

    anyone question, i have the base rMBP15 that comes with a 250gb drive.
    when i check the system report or drive utility, it says i have 250gb but when i look at the storage menu in system report, it says i only have 225gb to use..where did my 25gb go? it wasn't like this before
     
  2. maflynn Moderator

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    Download and run OmniDiskSweeper It will provide a sorted list of files/folders that are consuming your disk space
     
  3. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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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
     
  4. johnnyyt thread starter macrumors member

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    i haven't tried using omnidisksweeper yet but i've used similar programs, disk inventory x and grandperspective which pretty much do the same. grandperspective told me that i have a little over 40gb of "miscellaneous used space"

    how do i get this back or at least find out whats eatting up my storage space?

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    i stumbled across this exact posting last night and i've tried all the suggestions. when i look at the system report, it says i have 76gb of "other" but grandperspective tells me that i have 40gb of "miscellaneous" stuff so im guessing the 36gb or so are system files. i just wan to know where the 40gb are going
     
  5. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As that post suggests, try several of those apps, as they don't all report the same level of detail.
     
  6. johnnyyt thread starter macrumors member

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    im not at home right now but i was working on this all night last night and it seems that alot of people are having the same issue as i am when uninstalling parallels.
     
  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    It may be you haven't completely uninstalled all components. The most effective method for complete app removal is manual deletion:
     
  8. johnnyyt thread starter macrumors member

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    its funny because that was exactly how i deleted the program..but i think that may be the reason why i have all of this unaccounted drive usage. i was reading on a few other forums that i shouldve uninstalled virtual machines and then parallels using their uninstaller, rather than just searching for the files and deleting them
     
  9. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    For some apps it makes sense to use the uninstaller, then follow up with the manual method to catch things the uninstaller missed.
     
  10. johnnyyt thread starter macrumors member

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    with that being said, is there anyway i can get back my lost space? i've completely removed everything related to parallels manually already
     
  11. johnnyyt thread starter macrumors member

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    so i ended up going to the apple store and talking to one of the geniuses..big help

    i spoke to him and explained what happened and all he could say was, "i dont know whats wrong". all he instructed me to do was to erase and reinstall osx and it SHOULD be fine again.
     
  12. blueroom macrumors 603

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    Sounds like a good idea. Just use your TM backup to restore and you'll be up and running in no time.
     
  13. johnnyyt thread starter macrumors member

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    it worked out afterall

    i deleted the bootcamp partition and restored it to 1 partition.
    erased all the info and reinstalled mac osx back onto that partition and i got back my hard drive space

    im still wondering what was occupying all that space though..
     

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