OS X10.10.3 "other" storage is 700+GB

Discussion in 'OS X Yosemite (10.10)' started by 2010mini, Apr 11, 2015.

  1. 2010mini macrumors 68040

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    I just noticed the storage on my external drive is taken up by over 700gb of "other"
    How do I get rid of this? Also when I delete files nothing shows up in the trash which is weird.

    Please help. TIA
     
  2. mjohansen macrumors regular

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    Im pretty sure its your photos. The new photo libraries doesn't show as photos.
     
  3. 2010mini thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Photos show up as 67gb which is the size of my iPhoto library. what on earth could cause other to swell to 700gb?
     
  4. macspecial macrumors newbie

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    Many types of files

    Besides Audio, Film, Photo, Apps, Backups, there are many other types of files. I have an internal volume without a system on it. It has 280 GB of "other". That is normal for me, as in it I have install-files and big .dmg files of 300 GB. So that is perfectly all right. Even PDFs and Word Files are "other". A system-file would also be covered by "other". With some effort you can locate the other areas.
     
  5. 2010mini thread starter macrumors 68040

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    The only think on my external drive is iTunes, iPhoto and timemachine. No other apps uses the external drive.
     
  6. macspecial macrumors newbie

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    Turn on visibility of invisible files and see...

    It is rather certain you have a file/folder on the disk, that is set as invisible. This could be a sparsebundle.dmg that TimeMachine uses, due to FileVault. If your TM-Folder is 680GB then the sparsebundle would be about the same size. Let me know if you use FileVault, and how big any invisibly set folders are, that you can make visible briefly with many utility programs.
     
  7. 2010mini thread starter macrumors 68040

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    Oh wow, I forgot about that. Yes the size is probably my old TM backup. I don't use this external drive as the TM backup anymore. Is this why Yosemite has it as other?

    I don't use FileVault and I do not see sparsbundle on the drive either. Just the Backups.backupdb folder which I can't remove because I do not have permission for some items. This is frustrating
     

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