Discussion in 'iMac' started by mario24601, Jul 31, 2012.

  1. mario24601 macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2010
    My internal seems full, when I go to about this mac, storage: shows majority of data is in "other" about 126GB! Someone told me to use OmniDiskSweeper. Is this a safe program? Safe to remove all these "other" files? Not sure what is causing this.
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    Yes, it's a safe app. No, it's not necessarily safe to remove all the "other" files.

    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. mario24601 thread starter macrumors regular

    Nov 26, 2010
    Thanks! I installed ODS and found that almost 90GB are in mobilesync backup...seems its keeping multiple copies of my iPhone and iPad. I thought when back up it would overwrite the old backup...doesnt seem to be the case. How can I determine which one is newer and ok to just delete older one?
  4. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere


    May 16, 2008
    They're dated, so it's easy to see the newest one.
  5. milocool macrumors newbie

    Jan 8, 2013
    I have this map called "private" 4.1 gb.
    then it's called "var" 4.1 gb.
    and then "vm" 2.7 gb and "db" 827 mb etc..

    any idea what that is? because i cant find it in spotlight and it's not an encrypted file...
  6. benwiggy macrumors 68020

    Jun 15, 2012
    All the hidden folders at the top of your hard drive - private, var, bin, etc, usr (and others) are ESSENTIAL Unix system folders and files.

    Do NOT remove any of them, otherwise you'll have to reinstall your OS.

    If you don't know what it is, don't delete it. Do some research first to learn what it is, then consider whether it should stay or not.
  7. tomgirlbc macrumors newbie


    Nov 16, 2015
    I am a new member, thanks , okay i have omnidisk sweeper and i am running it now, my question do I have to delete something or just does it do it it self. thanks
  8. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    It won't delete anything by itself. ODS will just show you a graphic off all the files on your drive and you have to decide what to remove yourself.

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