"Other" space - I've tried solutions found here

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  1. kbutler84 macrumors regular

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    So my hard drive is almost full because of these other files. I understand that when time machine can't find the backup disk, it creates local backups and these are considered other files. I found the recommendation of entering "sudo tmutil disablelocal" in terminal and turning time machine backups off, but that did not do anything. Any help is appreciated.
     
  2. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    If you're wondering what "Other" category in the Lion/ML 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:
    Freeing up space in Mac OS X

    How OS X and iOS report storage capacity
     
  3. kbutler84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    I tried most of those options, and still nothing. Any other recommendations?
     
  4. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    Do you have exclusions set with spotlight (system prefs>spotlight>privacy). Any exclusions won't be indexed and therefore will appear as "Other".
     
  5. kbutler84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Just my EyeTV app folder. Nothing more than a couple hundred Mbs worth.
     
  6. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    Scan for errors with disk utility, then reindex the drive. Spotflight effed up. Just by looking at "video", it says 18.45 EB (18,450TB) and it doesn't show at all either in the graph.
     
  7. kbutler84, Apr 19, 2013
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    kbutler84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Problem solved, thanks!

    Edit:
    Well, sort of. The other files have been reduced, and I'm showing the correct amount of free space, however I'm still seeing 18.45EB of video in the window pictured above.

    Edit 2:
    Problem completely solved.
    https://discussions.apple.com/thread/4129912?start=0&tstart=0
     
  8. adnbek macrumors 65816

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    Bug in ML as reported here and here.

    I'd guess the bug should be fixed by now. Are you on 10.8.3?
     
  9. benwiggy macrumors 68020

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    No. Backups are shown in Pink. Other files are usually your files of some sort.
     
  10. kbutler84 thread starter macrumors regular

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    Thanks for the help everyone. Problem solved. See post above.
     
  11. GGJstudios macrumors Westmere

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    Apparently you didn't. Both solutions, using Disk Utility to repair your drive and using Spotlight to re-index, were listed in the first response in this thread.
     

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