Other Space is huge....

Discussion in 'OS X El Capitan (10.11)' started by DJTaurus, Aug 9, 2016.

  1. DJTaurus macrumors 65816


    Jan 31, 2012
    Easiest way to delete Other Space? And how did this happen?.... Almost 60GB's.... W.T.F.?? Screen Shot 2016-08-09 at 19.15.35.png
  2. keysofanxiety macrumors G3


    Nov 23, 2011
    Do you have a Time Machine backup?
  3. dsemf macrumors 6502

    Jul 26, 2014
    Keep in mind that Other is everything that is not Apps, Photos, Audio and Movies.

    This includes the operating system, caches, documents, spreadsheets, the virtual disks for things like Parallels, etc.

    If you want to investigate further, try the following command in a Terminal window:
    sudo du -d 1 -x -c -g /
    This will show you how much space is used by directory. This will include the hidden directories such as /.MobileBackups.

    When you have an area of interest that you want to drill down on, expand the "/" with additional directories, such as /Users to see how much each user is using.

  4. Shirasaki macrumors 604


    May 16, 2015
    "Others" includes everything else fail to fall into any other categories. This includes system files as well.
    Mine is also huge and I am still looking for a chance to shrink it a bit but as long as free space is enough I don't want to mess up with it.
    A few system files can be large, such as swap files (1GB each and OS X does not purge them automatically). And you may have some huge apps.
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    I remember reading that OSX routinely over-reports the amount of space taken up by "Other". Try searching for that.

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