Need software to see where my space went

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  1. Ratatapa macrumors 6502a

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    I have a 13 inches MBA 2011 128gig

    I have like 20gig left on my HDD

    I have 30gig of VMs
    and 15gig of Pictures + music

    Which makes 65gig so i should have much more space left, is there a software (free if possible) that will inspect my HDD and tell mw what is taking up so much space

    Thanks
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion 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:
     
  3. bogatyr macrumors 65816

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    I second DaisyDisk. It's an excellent app to quickly find where large amounts of storage are going.
     
  4. Dangerous Theory macrumors 68000

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    Check the trash can and empty it. If you're a heavy deleter, you'll probably see a large increase in disk space after that.
     
  5. Matthew9559 macrumors 6502a

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    I really like Disk Inventory X. I have always used that in the past.
     
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  7. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    As I said earlier, some of these apps may show more detail than others, so it's best to try several. You may find that one app shows more detail in one situation, where another app shows more in a different situation.
     
  8. No-Me macrumors 6502a

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    I always just go into the finder and activate the "show all sizes" in the view setting.

    That way you can sort the directories on size and open every directory to see what the biggest files are in there. That way you easily see what big files are there on your system.
     
  9. Enzedder macrumors member

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    Grand Perspective is exactly what you need.
     
  10. chrono1081 macrumors 604

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    I recently removed 25 gigs (maybe 20 I forget) of iPhone backups from my brother in laws computer, make sure theres not a whole bunch of those in your iTunes if you have iOS devices.
     
  11. LaWally macrumors 6502a

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    And DaisyDisk is having a half-off sale at the moment. The AppStore price is $9.99 and web store price is $9.95.
     
  12. yongren macrumors regular

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    I second this. Daisydisk is pretty, but it never seemed quite as intuitive to me.
     
  13. rikahlberg, Apr 20, 2012
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  14. JHUFrank macrumors 6502a

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    I use Grand Perspective, but agree, most of these will do the job you need.
     
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  16. jmgregory1 macrumors 65816

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    This seems to be one issue that people just can't seem to search and find the answer for. It's been discussed countless times before. The "missing" space is being held by the system as a backup snapshot. The system will make room as you need it. You can, if you're anal about stuff like this, turn off local snapshots.
     
  17. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    That is not always the issue, as some have this issue even if they don't use Time Machine. Read the 2nd post in this thread.
     
  18. jmgregory1 macrumors 65816

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    True, but $5 says this issue, as has come up in countless threads, is related to the backup snapshot. There should be a sticky for this "issue" so that new mba owners don't keep posting the same "where's my memory" questions.
     
  19. simsaladimbamba

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    Stickies or guides are hardly read anyway, thus the link collections some posters have to link to for those users, who didn't find anything.

    Like this one: What is this "Other" in the storage tab? What is eating up my space? by theSeb
     

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