Only 11GB of free space?

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  1. MacMini2009 macrumors 68000

    MacMini2009

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    Hello. So today I was exploring my Mac Mini and made it so I can see how much space is left on my hard drive under the Macintosh HD icon. I saw that it says 111.47GB....11GB Free! Wow, I didn't know I used so much space. I don't really have enough money for a new hard drive. I am wondering if there is any freeware program to tell me where my hard drive space is going. What should I do to gain back some hard drive space?
     
  2. JefferyShin macrumors regular

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    Yeah, i've used Disk Inventory X, but a more of a visual is DaisyDisk
     
  3. surflordca macrumors 6502a

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  4. dubhe macrumors 65816

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    You might have more after a reboot.
    But you should try to keep at least 10% of your HDD free, things will really start to slow with less than that as the drive has to work harder to find space to store things.
     
  5. kolax macrumors G3

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    Sure it isn't saying ".11" free? When the free space is in triple figures, there isn't enough space on the icon text (if you have the default setting) to show the full thing, so it'll put ...11GB free to compensate. Try pressing CMD+I on the hard drive to get a full reading.

    You can also edit Finder's .plist file and remove the "free" text so it always lists the full amount free.
     
  6. Sambo110 macrumors 68000

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    Or you can open the HDD and look down the bottom.
     
  7. Darth.Titan macrumors 68030

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    So which is it? 111 or 11?
     
  8. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    I think he's saying it's 111 gigs used, 11 free. What confuses me is what kind of hard drive it is. 122 gigs total, before the stupid base 2/base 10 thing. Do they make 130 or 140 gig HDs?
     
  9. ergdegdeg Moderator emeritus

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    It's 111GB in total, of which 11GB are still free, so it's a 120GB drive (after the stupid base 2/base 10 thing :D).
     
  10. notjustjay macrumors 603

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    Ooohh... that makes far more sense. Sorry, my bad. :D
     

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