My HDD memory space is getting eatened away...

Discussion in 'Mac Basics and Help' started by advengerpem9693, Apr 3, 2011.

  1. advengerpem9693 macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2011
    So I noticed something weird that happened yesterday, when I checked my computer I had 75 gb left on my hard drive, so I started deleting 20gb of videos I had, but it still said 75gb left. Today my memory space started decreasing, it was 72gb 5 hours ago, 3 hours later it said 71.68gb, 10 min ago it said 66.6gb, and now it says 66.46gb. WHATS WRONG?! :(

    I kept deleting stuff but it makes it decrease even more!!! D;
    please help me
  2. stridemat Moderator


    Staff Member

    Apr 2, 2008
  3. James Craner macrumors 68000

    James Craner

    Sep 13, 2002
    Bristol, UK
    When you delete files, Mac OS X moves the files to trash. You have to empty the trash to recover the disk space. Right ( Control) click the trash icon (looks like a paper waste bin) in the dock and choose Empty trash.
  4. advengerpem9693, Apr 3, 2011
    Last edited: Apr 3, 2011

    advengerpem9693 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2011
    It didn't work. =/
    It says that PowerPC's aren't supported... even though I just got my Macbook Pro 2 months ago?

    Yeah I know that, hahaha.

    [edit] its 66.44gb... :(
  5. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    I like DaisyDisk much better than Disk Inventory X, but it's $20. Available from their website or the Mac App Store.
  6. advengerpem9693 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2011
    Thank you I started deleting some caches that took up 33gb, it's still deleting though but now my memory space decreased even more! it went from 66gb to 59.16gb! :(

    What the heck is wrong?! D;
  7. advengerpem9693 thread starter macrumors newbie

    Apr 3, 2011
    I checked the DaisyDisk app and it said that the folder /.mobilebackup is taking up 78.5gb... but I can't open the folder because it said I don't have the permission? :(

    Is my disk corrupted or something?
  8. msevild macrumors regular

    Oct 11, 2007
    Well I am unsure what that folder is in the root directory of your hard drive. Not a normal folder judging by my experience in tech support. I would suggest going to the computer's console application in utilities and seeing if it is logging anything there maybe to hint at what application or process is causing that issue. Next I would suggest going to activity monitor and maybe posting screen shots of everything running(both user and will probably need to tell it to view all processes). Are you familiar with any backup software you are using...other than time machine? If you can post your screen shots and we'll see if we can help.
  9. Brian33 macrumors 6502a

    Apr 30, 2008
    USA (Virginia)
    I've only got 3 years experience with OS X, but I do like to poke around and I've never heard of a ".mobilebackup" in the root directory.

    However, I googled and found this thread:
    In it, a someone lists the major problems they've had with Lion, and one of the problems is missing disk space:
    Then user metrica says:

    I haven't read the whole thread thoroughly, but I didn't see anything else to note except that it also sounds like the (or some) problems were related to VMWare Fusion. Do you use that product?


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