New Mac Mini already using up 17GB?

Discussion in 'Mac mini' started by NayPaps, Jul 27, 2011.

  1. NayPaps macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    I just broke my Mac Mini out of the box and all that I put on there so far is 3GB of my music. but it says out of the 500GB hard drive, only 481GB is left. Is this normal? Is the 14GB all the operating system?
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    No. It's the OS and preinstalled apps. Use Disk Inventory X or Grand Perspective to see how space is being used on your drive.
  3. 2002cbr600f4i macrumors 6502

    Jun 21, 2008
    And keep in mind, 500GB is the UNFORMATTED size. Once you format it, and the "recovery" section is put on there, you' probably only have like 490GB free to install the OS and the other pre-installed stuff and your 3GB of music...
  4. NayPaps thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
  5. dh2005 macrumors 6502a

    Jan 25, 2010
    Plus, it won't have been 500GB after it had been formatted. It's all lies...!!!

    Could be worse. When my 128GB SSD was formatted, it fell in capacity to 121.9GB. It's not like I had truckloads of space to begin with, man...
  6. simsaladimbamba

    Nov 28, 2010
    Unless you downloaded the Intel (Universal Binary) version of DIX, that application will not work on Lion.
    OmniDisk Sweeper and GrandPerspective will work though.
  7. NayPaps thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    Will it not work at all, or give me incorrect data?
  8. KyleAwesome macrumors member

    Jun 1, 2009
    What about using monolingual and removing unneeded languages?
  9. RaceTripper macrumors 68030

    May 29, 2007
    For determining what is eating disk space, add a hibernate image file (/var/vm/sleepimage) equal in size to your installed RAM.
  10. NayPaps thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 24, 2011
    Thanks everyone. Turns out a lot of the data that was being used was my iTunes Data. Problem Solved. Thanks again for everybody's help!
  11. Vermifuge macrumors 68000


    Mar 7, 2009

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